University of Sunderland men’s 4ths team were beaten 2-1 by Sheffield Hallam 4ths in their opening game of the season.

Sheffield scored the only goal of a first half with very few chances for either side.

Men's FootballSunderland eventually equalised through Martin Kelly, only for them to go behind again two minutes later and the away side managed to see the game out.

The game start very slowly due to the high number of fouls being committed by both teams who couldn’t make the best of their set pieces.

It took 20 minutes for the first real chance of the game. Sheffield picked the ball up on the left and managed to run the length of the Sunderland half without being challenged.

The winger managed to lift his head up and pick out a player on the edge of the box who calmly slotted it past Lewis Pye.

Sunderland nearly went 2-0 down just minutes later. The defence completely switched off and a short free kick invited a free shot on goal from the penalty spot. The shot was blocked but the ricochet fell straight onto the head of the striker who somehow put it past the post.

On the half hour mark Sunderland eventually came into the game. The goalkeeper only just managed to get his hands to a Kelly shot after a great solo run.

The equaliser finally came in the 65th minute when Kelly was thread through by Alex Morris, the winger neatly tucking the ball into the top right corner.

Sunderland again completely switched off after the goal and just two minutes later the visitors beat the offside trap to restore their lead.

Chances came at both ends in the later stages of the game with the best opportunity falling to Sunderland. The shot from eight yards out was scuffed and resulted in a goal line scramble. The defence eventually cleared the danger with the goalkeeper badly breaking his finger in the process.

Sunderland were unable to find another goal before the whistle despite late pressure and Sheffield ran out 2-1 winners.

Starting Line-up
L.Pye (GK), J.Brown, A.Morris, W.Crisp, C.Grice, R.Youseff, A.Davidson, D.Madden, M.Kelly, J.Cleminson(c), K.Tonge

Subs: G.Obumzi, K.Hughes, A.Clarke, L.Kundeya



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