Team Sunderland seconds put 12 goals past Teesside seconds in extremely windy conditions in this year’s edition of Varsity, with James Alpine scoring five.
Team Sunderland took the lead in the seventh minute through Stephen Campbell before Gianni Prinsloo doubled Sunderland’s lead in the 11th minute. Liam Caffry scored two quickfire goals in the 12th and 17th minute to give Sunderland a 4-0 lead before Teesside pulled a goal back in the 21st minute. Caffry completed his hattrick in the 30th minute, before James Alpine scored three goals before the break: scoring in the 31st, 37th and 45th minute.
Teesside pulled another goal back after half time, but Alpine added another two goals to his tally in the 56th and 59th minute to make the score 10-2. Adam Lennox added another two goals to Sunderland’s tally scoring in the 78th and 87th minute.
Sunderland’s goalkeeping woes continued going into the game with centre back Harry Woodward playing 90 minutes in goal, this comes after striker James Alpine and centre back Jack Murphy each played 45 minutes in goal in Sunderland’s last game.
Stephen Campbell opened the scoring in the seventh minute when his shot from the edge of the box rocketed into the roof of the net.
Gianni Prinsloo doubled Sunderland’s lead when he scored directly from a corner.
It was 3-0 moments later when Liam Caffry added another from close range.
Caffry scored his second of the game when his cross from the right snuck in at the far post.
Teesside pulled a goal back against the run of play when their winger picked out number nine who headed home.
Caffry completed his hattrick when he struck a free kick from the edge of the box past the Teesside goalkeeper.
James Alpine scored his first of the day when Danny Jackson-Brown set him up for a close-range finish before adding another shortly after.
Alpine completed his hattrick when he converted Sunderland’s 45th minute penalty, giving the home side an 8-1 lead at half time.
After the break Teesside pulled another goal back with a long-range finish over Woodward who was caught off his line.
Alpine scored once again in the 56th minute with a great first touch and control before slotting it into the bottom corner.
Alpine claimed his fifth of the game when he burst past the Teesside defence before knocking the ball between the goalkeeper’s legs.
Adam Lennox made it 11 when he turned inside the box and struck the ball low to the goalkeeper’s left.
Lennox rounded off the scoring in the 87th minute with Sunderland winning the game 12-2.
Man of the Match: James Alpine (Five goals)