The University men’s First team failed to hold on to a 1-0 lead as they conceded three in the second-half against University of Sheffield’s Fourth team.

Sunderland, coming off of a 2-1 win against Leeds-Beckett, were unable to begin a winning streak on Wednesday.

Sunderland’s only goal came courtesy of substitute Michael Ekperouh, who tapped the ball home after a powerful long shot by Anus Al-Essa hit the post.

Sheffield equalised in the 53rd minute after an error in judgement of the ball from fill-in goalkeeper Luke Bedford, who usually plays in central-midfield.

Sheffield’s second goal arrived in the 75th minute after Spanish centre-back Miguel Guerrero’s defensive error allowed Sheffield to take the lead.

Just ten minutes later, despite Sunderland’s late push for an equaliser, Sheffield added another from a counter attack in the 85th minute to kill the game.

It could be said that the lack of options in certain positions as well as on the bench, in the end cost Sunderland the three points.

The game did start lively with both teams exchanging attacks in the first 15 minutes.

The Sheffield defence at times looked unsure of themselves and the likes of midfielder Liam Jackson and striker Oliver Watt often caught them off-guard.

Watt had a couple of early opportunities where he found himself one on one, however was unable to convert against what was a very good opposition keeper.

Midfielder Rany Youseff, who was forced off due to a hamstring injury, was replaced by scorer Ekperouh in the 19th minute.

Contrary to the Sheffield defence, Sunderland’s displayed a lot of confidence with a few sublime passes from centre-back Marc Atkinson in the first-half.

Sheffield learned from their first-half mediocrity and applied the pressure on Sunderland from set-pieces.

Their numerous attacks in the second-half exposed some frailties in the Sunderland team.

Striker Oliver Watt reflected on the loss in his own words, seeing some positives despite the result:

“Overall I feel as if the team’s performance was a huge improvement on the game a fortnight ago when we beat Leeds Beckett 2-1, which makes the result even harder to take”

The Captain also commented on the goalkeeper situation saying:

“It’s never a nice thing to say but having our usual goalkeeper in would have been a huge bonus.

Having to take such an influential player like Luke and play him in goal was a huge loss and made the result all the more frustrating”

Watt then explained what he thought went wrong and must be amended going in to the next game against York St. John’s:

“We just have to be more clinical as a side. More ruthless in front of goal, you can’t score if you don’t shoot and that cost us

We need to make sure we don’t panic once we concede too, we have a tendency to concede a few goals in the space in a few minutes”

A thin squad ultimately cost the oranges’ three points on Wednesday and leaves them with a record of one win and one loss so far this season in the BUCS Northern League (4B).