Sunderland FoL Monkwearmouth suffered a rare defeat as they were knocked out of the English School’s FA National Trophy by Monkseaton.

The home side struggled to create any clear-cut chances throughout the game and were punished when Monkseaton bagged the only goal five minutes into the second-half.

Despite struggling to create any chances, the Black Cats enjoyed most of the possession in the early stages.

Aaron Duell should have done better when he created an opening for himself inside the box, but the midfielder was unable to find the target with ten minutes on the clock.

The away side grew into the game and saw a number of long-range efforts flash just past the post.

The best chance of the first half came in the 37th minute when another long-range effort from a Monkseaton midfielder rattled the crossbar.

Ross Cunningham had been Sunderland’s busiest player of the first-half and the goalkeeper was called into action once again on the stroke of half-time.

The Monkseaton left-winger found himself one-on-one with Cunningham who did well to tip the goal bound effort out for a corner.

The visitors continued to assert their dominance after the break and made the breakthrough in the 50th minute after a corner was flicked in at the front post.

Sunderland seemed to tire towards the end of the game and struggled to test the visiting goalkeeper.

In the dying seconds Monkseaton took advantage of Sunderland’s high defensive line.

Nathan Richardson tried to make amends but was unable to win the ball back and brought down the striker in the box.

Cunningham did well once again and saved the resulting spot kick with his legs to keep the score at 1-0.

A solid Monkseaton side were able to see out the remaining seconds and progressed to the next round.

Sunderland Head Coach Jamie Chandler was naturally disappointed with the defeat, but found some positives in the game by praising his sides opening 25 minute spell.