Monkwearmouth FA’s talented year 7 ‘A’ group hope to make it into the last 16 of the national cup by beating cross-city ‘rivals’, Whitburn Academy.
Sunderland will meet South Tyneside on Wednesday, December 15 at 10am for the hugely-anticipated fixture.
And Head of Football Coaching, Jamie Chandler, hopes his side can embrace the exciting challenge ahead.
He said: “An exciting game awaits for our talented Year 7 group. An opportunity to advance into the last 16 of the National Cup a competition that began with 600 schools from around the country.
“We are very proud of how the group has adapted to life in secondary school. They have grown not only as individuals but created a real togetherness as a team both on and off the pitch.
“It’s a local game against a talented Whitburn side and we will have to be at our best to advance in the competition.
“Confidence is high and the performance levels have been very impressive over the past few months.
“We have an identity and a way of playing where we want players to be positive and creative in possession but work extremely hard to recover the ball when they do not possession.
“We are very excited for the game and we are positive the players will embrace the challenge and represent the Academy with pride as they always do.”
The team were given a bye into the second round
Monkwearmouth first came out top of a thrilling battle against Cramlington Learning Village on November 3, winning that game 6-4 – despite being 3-0 down after 10 minutes.
An emphatic 6-1 win against Dyke House on November 17, courtesy of two hat-tricks from Kairon Goldsmith and Charlie Stoke, gave Monkwearmouth the opportunity to face Egglescliffe School in the fourth round.
The year 7 ‘A’ team knocked them past 4-2, on November 26, showing great togetherness on the day.
The winner of Wednesday’s match will face Richard Rose Morton Academy, of Carlisle, at home after the new year.