The Sunderland defence withstand pressure from Huddersfield.

Although the University of Sunderland men’s 2nd team controlled large swathes of the match, they were bitterly disappointed to be on the wrong end of a 3-1 scoreline against the University of Huddersfield men’s 2nd team.

Sunderland took the lead just before half-time as a goalkeeping error gifted the home team an early lead.
Huddersfield drew level on the hour mark, the Huddersfield striker pouncing on a rebound to equalise.

It took just 10 more minutes for Huddersfield to score again, a mix up in the Sunderland defence eventually resulted in Huddersfield taking the lead through a Sunderland own goal.

Huddersfield eventually added their third near the final whistle. The  striker broke through the defence before finishing low.

The Sunderland 2nds were looking to avoid successive defeats following an unlucky defeat to Liverpool last Wednesday, it wasn’t to be however as the game mirrored that of last week. Sunderland had control of the game and the lion’s share of the chances but a lack of a clinical edge which ultimately cost them the game.

It was almost the perfect start for Sunderland. After just three minutes a long goal kick was expertly flicked on into the striker’s path, setting him clear of the defence. It wasn’t to be, however, as the Sunderland striker’s effort rolled past the far, agonisingly close to giving Sunderland the lead.

Huddersfield responded well to the early chance, in just the tenth minute a good piece of play down the right-hand side of the pitch opened up the chance for the Huddersfield forward, his effort was stopped by a smart piece of work from the Sunderland goalkeeper.

In the 20th minute Huddersfield should’ve taken the lead, a mix up at the back presented the Huddersfield poacher with a gilt-edged chance inside the penalty area. The forward couldn’t convert, however, his shot only finding the outside of the far post.

The home side eventually took the lead on the stroke of half-time. The Huddersfield keeper rushed outside his area, trusting his footwork, however he was immediately under pressure from the Sunderland attacker. The keeper couldn’t get the ball out from under his feet and eventually lost out to the Sunderland man who kept his composure to slot the ball into the empty net.

Huddersfield started the second period well and almost equalised on the 50-minute mark, smart play between the winger and central midfield eventually resulted in a dangerous pullback being put across Sunderland’s penalty area. The cut back was expertly intercepted by the Sunderland defence before Huddersfield could tuck home.

Sunderland almost increased their lead just before the hour mark. The chance came after a remarkable run from the Sunderland forward, he breezed past his man and into the opposition penalty area. Unfortunately, as was the story of this game, the striker’s low effort went just inches wide of the Huddersfield goal.

Huddersfield equalised just a few moments later. A shot from the Huddersfield midfielder was very well saved by the Sunderland goalkeeper, despite the initial good save the keeper was powerless to prevent the Huddersfield scorer poking home from the rebound.

Huddersfield took the lead soon after, a horrible break down in communications between the Sunderland defence and goalkeeper led to a misunderstanding, leaving both parties stranded to watch the ball find it’s way into the Sunderland goal.

Despite showing great fight and character to try and force their way back into this game, Sunderland were ultimately unable to carve out any clear-cut chances, the only efforts on goal coming either from deep in midfield or off balance efforts and half chances.

Huddersfield eventually put the game beyond Sunderland just before the final whistle blew. A long ball over the top beat the Sunderland defence and, despite what appeared to be a very close off-side shout, the visiting forward fired low into the Sunderland net.

University of Sunderland, Men’s 2nd Squad – Kosamer, Clelland, Wallace, Snaith, Hunt, Harris, Capeling, Harrison, Greenwood, Balletyne, Glasper, Lima, Bunge