York St John came out 7-4 winners at CitySpace last weekend in a tight game against Sunderland 1sts futsal team, which included the goal of the day from Sunderland player Jamie Myers.
It was the first of two disappointing losses for the side who are chasing their first points of the season.
Karim Meddah equalised for Sunderland after the visitors opened the scoring, drifting past his marker and slamming the ball home.
Sunderland took the lead as Meddah once again scored, this time forcing the ball in from close range, but St John responded quickly, bagging three goals to take a 4-2 lead.
It didn’t take long for Sunderland to fight back, scoring the undisputed goal of the day with a slick passing move involving all four outfield players. Sayed Alhussaini’s sliderule pass was finished with aplomb by Myers after some lovely interplay between Lewis McKay and Meddah.
YSJ did score two more after half time to make the game 6-3 as the game drifted away from Sunderland.
Victor Oladele came off the bench to make it 6-4 with a tidy finish, but York St John got a late goal to seal a 7-4 win.
The result was a gut punch for Sunderland 1sts who had played very well for large portions of the game, but a few errors at the back stopped them from making it the close game it could and should have been.
In the second game, an inspired Victor Oladele hat-trick couldn’t stop a disappointing Sunderland collapse as they conceded eight unanswered goals to lose 11-4 to Durham University.
Sunderland went into half-time at 4-4 thanks to Oladele’s goalscoring form, but the second half was a completely different story.
Oladele lashed home his first from close range after an early Durham goal to level the score.
He bullied two Durham defenders, twisting and turning before seemingly forcing the ball home by sheer power of will to grab his second of the game and put Sunderland in the lead.
Two quickfire Durham goals got them back in the game, before Sayed Alhussaini’s crashing drive found the roof of the Durham net.
Oladele’s hat-trick goal was the pick of the bunch, stealing the ball on the halfway line, holding off a defender before producing a delightful dink which clipped the post before rolling in.
Durham tied things up on the stroke of half-time from a set-piece.
It was all downhill from there for Sunderland as their defence fell to pieces and several defensive mistakes led to soft goals being conceded.
A second-half scoreline of 0-7 highlights how poor the second-half was, and if it weren’t for the form of keeper Graeme Burns it could have been a more for the visitors.
Sunderland looked fatigued, which is to be expected as they played two games back-to-back, but the collapse was still incredibly disappointing for everybody involved.