By Sam Johnson, Adam Smith and Alex Baxter
Sunderland Foundation of Light Scholars have made it through to the NFYL Trophy final after a convincing 4-0 win over Barnet FC Scholars on Wednesday.
The win gives Sunderland the exciting opportunity to play the final in a football league ground, against either Crystal Palace FC Scholars or Brighton and Hove Albion Scholars.
Sunderland started the match strongly with an Alex Ramshaw run resulting in a shot from the edge of the box which found its way into the bottom corner, making it 1-0 four minutes in.
Sunderland continued to create chances until Jak Hanson made it 2-0 after getting on the end of a rebounded shot in the 24th minute.
And the Black Cats were unlucky not to make it 3-0 in the first half with both Craig Ellison and Hanson forcing good saves from the Barnet keeper.
Eventually Hanson got his second of the game early in the second half with a cheeky chip over the keeper, making it 3-0 with 56 minutes gone.
Substitute Dan Armstrong finished up the scoring with a close range effort to make it 4-0 in the 79th minute.
The Sunderland players were delighted to make it to the final with hard tackling midfielder Nathan Richardson saying he was “over the moon” with the result and the performance.