Team Sunderland men’s football firstss left it late to see off a spirited Teesside side on TeesWear Varsity Day at Ford Quarry Hub.
Lewis Charlton opened the scoring in the eighth minute before the visitors grabbed an equaliser in the 70th minute. Sunderland regained the lead in the 82nd minute when George Pinder converted from the spot before Charlton grabbed his second of the game five minutes later to put the result beyond doubt.
There was a real buzz around the place on Varsity Day, with the Teessiders travelling in their numbers and making themselves heard.
It was, however, the home side that had the better of the first half, and when Charlton fired home a stunner from 30 yards out, Sunderland looked set for an easy victory.
The Teesside goalkeeper had a busy first half, but Sunderland were unable to extend their advantage before half time.
The second half produced more of the same, with the Teesside keeper being called into question on numerous occasions.
Just as Sunderland began to take their foot off the pedal, Teesside snatched an equaliser after a ball over the top was met with a lovely, lobbed finish.
This was a wakeup call for Sunderland, who immediately began pushing for a winner. Just 12 minutes later, they were awarded a penalty after Charlton was tripped in the area. Pinder converted low and hard to the keeper’s left, before Charlton killed the game off with a fierce right-footed finish that bounced in off the post.