Sunderland FoL Scholars 1-0 Brighton Albion In The Community

Sunderland FoL Scholars have won the NFYL Trophy after an extra time winner from Jak Hanson just minutes before the game was heading to a penalty shootout.

The final was played at the Stadium of Light and the goal caused great scenes on the pitch and in the stands as Sunderland celebrated the victory.

It was a hard fought win for Sunderland as Brighton started strongly and were a threat all game.

Albion had a chance to take the lead in the 22nd minute, when the ball was taken round the keeper, but a Max Nelson goal line clearance kept the score level.

Hanson had a few chances in the first half, forcing some good saves from the Brighton ‘keeper.

Brighton continued to show their ability in the first half having the majority of the chances with Sunderland stopper Elliot Stephenson putting in a good performance to keep it 0-0 in the first half.

Sunderland came out the stronger team in the 2nd half with captain Arron Duell, midfielder Alex Ramshaw and striker Craig Ellison all threatening the Brighton goal.

In the 87th minute, with both teams struggling to break the deadlock Brighton looked to be through on goal, until a brilliant slide tackle inside the box from centre back Codie Howe ensured the game went into extra time.

Extra time was end to end action but still both teams could not get the all important goal.

With 10 minutes to go and a penalty shootout looming, striker Hanson found himself in the right place at the right time as the ball was drilled across the box and Hanson put the ball in the back of the net from close range.

Brighton almost added to the drama in what was the final kick of the game, as an Albion corner found a free man in the box who rose up for a header only to hit the inside of the post.

With a sigh of relief from the Sunderland fans the final whistle went and Sunderland had won the cup.

Speaker after the game goal scorer Hanson said: “With all the fans here it’s absolutely amazing and to score the winning goal, it’s probably the best feeling I’ve ever had.”

Head coach Martin Jones and assistant Jamie Chandler both expressed how proud of the hard work the players have put in this season.

All attention now turns to the upcoming game against Liverpool FC Foundation Scholars which can see the Sunderland complete the double and lift the NFYL North/Midlands league title.