University of Sunderland footballer Rany Youssef has said the men’s 3rd team are eyeing promotion following their win over Huddersfield 2nds last Wednesday.
Huddersfield 2nds were top of the BUCS Northern 6B table, but an unexpected home win at Silksworth has put Sunderland 3rds back into promotion contention.
Sunderland shocked everyone by flying into a three-goal lead, with goals from Tremaine Freestone, Deonte Jam and Chris Thornley.
And winger Youssef said it was that quick start that shocked the visitors so much.
Youssef said: “I think they were expecting us to come out and sit back, but we did the exact opposite.
“We surprised them with three goals in 20 minutes and they weren’t able to recover after that. The team worked really hard defensively to see out the game, especially in the late stages.”
Huddersfield scored either side of halftime, and looked likely to level when pulling the score back to 3-2, but Youssef felt it was a case of the side keeping calm and structured at the back.
“I was worried that we would lose our heads and that would eventually cause us to lose our defensive structure.
“At times near the end, the game was in danger of boiling over, but most of us stayed completely focused defensively and we were able to hold them off to get the victory.”
The Canadian winger has played a bit-part role so far due to university commitments, but is looking forward to playing more in the New Year, in what is now looking like a title fight between Sunderland and Huddersfield.
“I can’t wait, it’s been really enjoyable to play for them.
“And if Huddersfield were undefeated and we beat them, I see no reason we can’t go on and win the title.”