Goals apiece from Matthew and Bradley Foster in either halves helped Team Sunderland to come from behind to beat Hull at the Silksworth Sports Complex

In a game marred by missed chances and a lack of cutting edge in the final third, Team Sunderland 2nds came up trumps over Team Hull 2nds after falling behind to an early goal.

The hosts tested as early as the second minute by hitting the post, quickly followed by another opportunity from a freekick that was sent well over the bar.

Sunderland made the brighter start by holding onto possession and throwing bodies forward, but against the run of play, it was Hull who bagged the lead first when they pounced on a defensive lapse and broke the deadlock with under 10 minutes played.

Team Sunderland’s players huffed and puffed in search of an answer, with winger Joe even sending a good chance over the bar. But the wait soon ended when Matthew restored parity after a penalty box melee as Hull failed to clear the danger for and were made to pay.

The second half began exactly like the first: Team Sunderland holding a lion’s share of possession and dominating the proceedings. Except, this time around, the passes were made with more conviction while the attacking interplay was more synchronised. And they also came agonisingly close to finding the lead, if only it wasn’t for the striker fluffing his lines.

Quite unsurprisingly then, they found themselves in the driving seat around the hour mark. Defender Bradley Foster was left completely unmarked inside the area when a cross was being played in, and he headed it home from barely five yards out to turn the tables on Hull.

The match gradually turned sedate as chances came fewer and far between. Team Hull strained every sinew to riposte, but to no avail. They were forced to find something through long balls but also conceded possession meekly in the final third. Whereas for Sunderland, the hosts were happy to keep the ball and tire them out without ever genuinely testing Hull at the opposite end again.

It ended 2-1 in Team Sunderland’s favour, courtesy to a great heart and character shown after an early setback.