Goals from Williams Kokolo and Jack Diamond helped Sunderland’s U23’s to Premier League Cup victory against Charlton Athletic on Monday night at the Hetton Centre.

In a first half of few chances, Kokolo put Sunderland in front just after the half hour mark and the Jack Diamond put the Black Cats 2-0 up just after the break.

This match served as a welcome rest from league action for Sunderland, with the Black Cats currently bottom of Premier League 2, Division 2 and the hosts had the better of the first half.

The games first real opening came 27 minutes into the game. The ball fell to Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu on the edge of the box, who fired a low shot which Max Johnstone got behind well.

With 36 minutes gone, Kokolo raced onto a pass from Jake Hackett to go one-on-one and slid the ball past Ashley Maynard Brewer to put Sunderland ahead.

Moments later, Diamond came close to extending the Hosts’ lead but saw his effort well stopped by Maynard-Brewer.

The midfielder again came close to getting his name on the scoresheet just after half time, but his effort skewed just wide of the left-hand post.

Diamond finally got the goal his performance deserved in the 56th minute when he fired in powerful effort from the edge of the box.

With 20 minutes to go, Terrique Anderson came close to pulling a goal back for Charlton. Cutting in from the left and finding space on the edge of the box after an amazing run, but Johnstone was equal to the shot.

Sunderland XI: Johnstone; Gamble, Hunter (Taylor 76’), Connolly, Storey, Young, Connelly, Hackett (Bale 82’), Diamond (Kiernan 80’), Neil, Kokolo

Unused subs: Patterson, Bainbridge

Charlton Athletic XI: Maynard-Brewer; Barton, Zemura, Dempsey, Cummings ©, Blumberg, Sarpong-Wiredu, Anderson (French 82’), Ocran, Carey (Mascoll 65’), Doughty (Vennings 65’)

Unused subs: Osaghe, Isiaka