The University First team played out an exciting, yet disappointing 4-3 home loss against York St. Johns’ Second team in the Northern Conference Cup on Wednesday.

Despite Sunderland fighting back on multiple occasions and showcasing their heart and desire to win it wasn’t quite enough to beat a very athletic and composed York side.

It was the York side who struck first within the sixth minute of the game after a powerful throw-in was then headed across the six-yard box before it was tapped in from close range.

However in the 29th minute Sunderland’s skilful Ahmed Terek used his quick feet to find space on the edge of the box and execute a cool finish into the bottom right corner.

Undeterred by Sunderland’s early fight back, York made it 2-1 just eight minutes in to the second-half. The goal came from a sublime 25-yard free kick which dipped over the Sunderland wall and into the net.

Sunderland then made their chances of a turnaround even harder allowing York to slot the ball into an open goal in the 62nd minute after a goalkeeper error from Nathan Brown made the score 3-1 York.

Sunderland weren’t fazed by the score line and made it 2-3 after a deflected shot from winger Anus Al-Essa was flicked past the keeper by striker Ollie Watt at the 70th minute mark.

There appeared to be a bit of déjà vu for the oranges as they once again conceded. Some questionable defending from both Sunderland full backs led to a fourth York goal just two minutes later, making the score 4-2 York.

The final goal of the game came from super-sub Rany Youseff in the 79th after he converted an Ollie Watt driven cross.

And despite a passionate and powerful last ten-minute push by the hosts the game ended in another loss for the oranges at home.

Speaking with manager Phil Naisbett after the game he was clearly proud of his players’ performance saying:

“I thought the lads were very good today and we were very unlucky not to come away with anything

I thought the fight they showed was brilliant and yes, we were just unlucky”

A win would’ve meant that the oranges advanced to the last 16 of the Northern Conference Cup but do have a chance of revenge as they play York again in their next league fixture.