Despite leading 2-0, a fighting performance from Leeds Trinity University 2nds restricted the University of Sunderland men’s Football 2nd team to a 2-2 draw.

Sunderland opened the scoring in the ninth minute as a low shot found its way inside the post to give the home side the early lead.

The Wearsiders then doubled their advantage after 20 minutes with a remarkable halfway line strike that lobbed over the Leeds keeper’s head.

Leeds pegged Sunderland back just before the half-time whistle. The striker firing home from just inside the eighteen-yard box.

Leeds eventually got their equaliser on the hour mark with the visiting team’s striker finishing from very close range.

The Sunderland 2nd team were looking to avoid a run of three straight defeats although their efforts were hampered by a smaller squad on the day.

Sunderland’s opening goal was the first real chance of the match, a flowing passing move that eventually found the Sunderland striker, whose low effort was perfectly placed, low, inside the post.

Leeds Trinity had the chance to equalise soon afterwards after the striker could only manage to poke his effort wide of the mark, partly down to the good pressure put on him by the Sunderland defence.

Whilst the intention of the Sunderland second goal could be debated, the execution certainly can’t. The free kick, just inside the Leeds’ half, was remarkable.

The ball appeared to have been sent long into the box but it soon started to curl and dip, the shot sailing over the Leeds keeper as it nestled into the top right corner.

Leeds got a goal back after 40 minutes. The striker peeled off the shoulder off the last man to get on the end of a ball over the top before slotting low under the Sunderland keeper. Sunderland felt hard done by with the goal, especially as the striker appeared to be clearly offside when the ball was played over.

Sunderland had a chance to grab their third early in the second half. The Leeds goalkeeper rushed out to intercept a long ball but was beaten to the ball by the Sunderland player, but after numerous blocked efforts, Sunderland couldn’t capitalise on the chance.

Leeds Trinity got their equaliser after 60 minutes. The Leeds striker getting on the end of a trademark poacher’s finish from around the six-yard box.

Sunderland had their chance to grab the winner in the last 10 minutes. A long ball into the box was well met by the Sunderland striker and whilst his effort beat the goalkeeper, it was cleared off the line by the Leeds defender.