Sunderland U18s left it late to come from behind and defeat North East rivals Middlesbrough in the Premier League Cup.

Jack Hackett levelled the score nine minutes from time before Benji Kimpioka’s last gap  penalty saw the young Black Cats make it two wins from two in Group D.

Sunderland  controlled large spells of the game but only began to make their possession count when they fell behind midway through the second-half.

Mark Atkinson’s side’s late success puts them level on points with leaders Liverpool, who they visit in December.

With a pleasing display against Premier League U18 table-toppers Manchester United last weekend, the Mackems carried their confidence into the Tees Wear clash.

Hackett registered the visitors first real chance on goal when he let fly from 25-yards as only the post prevented him from opening the scoring.

Sunderland continued their attacking start as Sam Greenwood was the next to try his luck when he dragged his shot wide of the left-hand post.

Boro’s first effort came towards the end of the first period when a shot was curled onto the outside of the post.

The Black Cats raised their tempo after half-time – exampled by Bali Mumba when he bullied his way into the box to pick out Greenwood, who was denied a free shot on goal but a last-ditch tackle.

Atkinson’s men looked the most likely to open the scoring with their fierce attacks, but it was Boro who broke the deadlock.

A free-kick that was delivered into the area caught the Black Cats out as the hosts’ attacker found the top right-hand corner.

But Sunderland held their nerve and stuck to their game plan – eventually getting their just-rewards in the final 10 minutes.

Hackett picked the ball up from range before unleashing a shot that flew past the Boro goalkeeper.

Mumba, who caused problems all afternoon for the hosts, showed late energy and desire to run into the penalty area before a crunching tackle saw the referee point to the spot.

And Kimpioka cooly despatched the spot-kick by sending the keeper the wrong way to make it two wins from wins after beating West Ham United last month.

Sunderland: Patterson, Howard, Young, Derbali, Kokolo, Hackett, Hickey, Mumba, Kimpioka, Connelly, Greenwood (Dunne)