University of Sunderland men’s football 3rd team kicked off their home campaign with a 7-1 defeat against Hull. 

Sloppy defensive mistakes allowed Hull to score seven despite a spirited first-half performance from Sunderland.

A late consolation from Ross Snaith gave the home side something to cheer about, though the manner of the defeat and the position in the league table suggests room for improvement for Dan Kendal’s side.

After a quiet opening half hour, Hull created the first real chance of the game 35 minutes in, hitting one just over the crossbar and then not long after that, they had a goal ruled out, for what appeared to be an interference with Sunderland goalkeeper Ahmed Abdelraouf’s point of view.

Moments later though, Hull put the disallowed goal behind them and opened the scoring, a neat finish in the bottom right hand corner to give the visitors a crucial lead going into the break. For Sunderland meanwhile, a tough goal to concede right before half-time, having played exceptionally well for large parts of the half.

Into the second half and Sunderland were forced into an early change with Chris Suddas replacing the injured Abdelraouf in goal. On top of that, it was to get worse for the hosts as Hull, who had just missed a golden opportunity, increased their lead after they beat the offside trap and calmly slotted home with just 49 minutes played.

A third was then added shortly after, with a simple cross coming in towards the back post, for the Hull skipper to tap in and add more misery on Sunderland. However, there was still no signs of Sunderland looking like they were going to get back into the game, the same can’t be said however for Hull, who made it 4-0 after an initial free-kick was saved, only for the rebound to be knocked in.

Soon four became five just six minutes later as a corner was swung in towards the front post in which the Hull target man pounced on lacklustre defending and guided his header into the back of the net. From what was an impressive first-half performance from Sunderland, slowly started to turn into a disastrous second half.

Astonishingly, just two minutes later on the 65th minute, Hull scored a sixth, this time with a sensational lob over Suddas in what was probably the goal of the day.

On the 70th minute, the home side finally got a consolation goal when Snaith hit a lovely first time shot past the Hull goalkeeper, who stood no chance and by this point however, there were very few celebrations.

Though before the full time whistle, Hull would finish the game with ten men as their captain was shown a straight red for a nasty challenge on Sunderland’s goalscorer Snaith. Ultimately, the extra man proved no advantage for Sunderland as Hull scored a seventh on the 87th minute, to complete a miserable day for the hosts.

University of Sunderland, Men’s 3rd Team – Abdelraouf (GK), McGee, France, Lobo, Snaith, Topping (C), Doneathy, Jam, Kenny, Youssef, Edwards

Subs – Suddas, Scott, Nixon

Man of the Match – Ross Snaith

University of Sunderland, 3rd Team Coach Dan Kendal 

“First half I felt we were absolutely fantastic, conceded a goal just before half-time which is always a killer. But I think second half we started brightly but again heads went down, concentration was lost. But overall I feel we had some good individual performances out there today.

“Once the second goal went in, we started to lack in work rate because I think the players had just lost a lot of confidence in themselves. But I’m just trying to take the positives out of the game, especially when comparing it to last week, it’s a much improved performance in the first half.

On facing Chester next in the cup

“We going to look what we’ve done well, we’ve had the game taped today so we can look back and see what went well, what went wrong and we probably going to rotate the squad by giving some new players the opportunities to fill the gaps.

“I hope so, (on getting their first win of the season), I love a good cup competition, it’s something different, it helps to take your mind of the league, it takes your mind of a lot of things. You can just go and enjoy it, it’s a nice day out. It will be a good experience for them.”