Picture credit: Simon Mears

Sunderland RCA scored three late goals against Jarrow Roofing to secure a third win in four in the Northern League Division One.

Roofing opened the scoring early through Olly Martin but RCA responded well with goals from Nathan O’Neill and Clayton Davis putting Martin Swales’ side in front at half-time.

Second-half Roofing pressure lead to a Dennis Knight equalise but with all to play for the game burst into life, Colin Larkin put RCA ahead for a second time and Dylan Elliot and O’Neill added gloss to a deserved RCA win.

RCA made two changes to the side that drew with Dunston UTS  midweek, Jonathan Davis replaced the suspended Luke Page and Stephen Callen came in for the injured James Cassidy.

Jarrow took a sixth minute lead following a quite start with long free-kick falling Martin who finished smartly, tucking his shot nicely into the far corner.

But it only took RCA two minutes to get back into the match, Ross McNab played a ball down the left wing to Callen who made a superb driving run to the byline before crossing into O’Neill who was on hand to sweep the ball home from close range.

RCA then took the lead in the ninth minute, the ball was played into Davis in midfield who fired in a magnificent 25 years screamer.

With half-time approaching Roofing were gifted a golden opportunity to equalise, Steven Anderson with only the goalkeeper to beat, fired in a shot that was superbly blocked by Neal Bussey who injured himself in the process.

Bussey was unable to continue and was replaced by substitute goalkeeper Keith Finch at half-time.

Knight equalised for Roofing in the 49th minute, the forward guiding the ball into the corner of the net with a precise finish.

Larkin scored two-yard tap-in at the far post to give RCA the lead with ten minutes to go. The floodgates then opened, Elliot pounced on an O’Neill shot to wrap the points up on the 88th minute.

Roofing’s misery was compounded as RCA added a fifth in the 90th minute. Michael Charlton earned a RCA a penalty which O’Neill confidently smashed home for is second of the game, taking his tally to an incredible 17 goals 18 competitive games this season.

RCA will next be in action against Seaham Red Star in the Durham County Challenge Cup First  Round at Meadow Park this Tuesday, 24 October, kick-off is at 7:30pm.