By Sam Johnson, Alex Baxter and Adam Smith.

Sunderland FoL scholars are back to winning ways after beating Crystal Palace B 7-1, having previously lost their last two games.

After back-to-back defeats Sunderland returned to form in convincing fashion, firing seven past Crystal Palace Foundation B.

Craig Ellison opened the scoring nine minutes in with a close range effort, slotting the ball into the bottom corner.

After their first goal Sunderland continued to press for more until the referee awarded a penalty to Sunderland in the 29th minute for a push inside the box. Captain Aaron Duell stepped up and made it 2-0.

Winger Alex Ramshaw showed off some great skill beating his man and creating room for the cross which found the head of Ellison, making it 3-0, 35 minutes in.

Ten minutes later, striker Dan Armstrong capitalised on some poor defending to finish inside the box making it 4-0.

Crystal Palace got one back just before half time after Sunderland failed to defend a free kick allowing a Palace player to head the ball home.

The Black Cats came out strongly in the second half looking for more goals, when Ramshaw rifled a long shot past the keeper into the bottom corner making it 5-1, 49 minutes in.

Substitute Leon McKeith once again got his name on the scoresheet with a calm and collected finish to make it 6-1 in the 54th minute.

Midfielder Nathan Richardson wrapped up the scoring with a scrappy goal inside the box after Palace failed to clear the ball from a corner on the 81st minute.

The 7-1 win gives Sunderland an important three points and a much needed confidence boost heading into next weeks cup semi-final against Barnet.

Goal scorer Ellison said after the match he is “happy the lads could bounce back after two defeats” and is hopeful Sunderland can make it to the cup final.