An “ecstatic” Martin Swales thought his side “totally bossed the game” as Sunderland RCA beat Sunderland U23’s 2-1 to reach the Second Round of the Durham Challenge Cup.

Lee Connelly put Sunderland U23’s ahead early on, but RCA battled back and goals from Greg Swansbury and Colin Larkin helped the Northern League side to progress.

RCA manager Martin Swales said: “I’m ecstatic. I think the lads were fantastic. The first 15 minutes I thought we got a little bit of a run around, but then we got a grip of the game and I think the last 70 minutes we bossed the game.

“We were on top against the wind, on top with the wind. If I was a neutral watching this game, I’d have thought the Red and Whites of Sunderland RCA were the full-time professionals and the Blacks of Sunderland AFC were the Northern League side.

“When you think they’re full time pros, and all very good footballers, and we’ve matched them if not bettered them when my lads have been to work and done, maybe, 10 hour shifts today. Hats off to my lads, they were brilliant.

“From the 20th minute I think we’ve totally bossed the game. We had a lot more chances, their keeper has pulled some fantastic saves off and our keeper hasn’t been tested apart from the penalty.”

RCA currently sit second in the Northern League and are still involved in three cup competitions. Swales added: “We said at the start of the season we’d like to do well in the league and we’d like to win a trophy, whether that be the Brooks Mileson Memorial Cup, the Durham Challenge Cup of even the FA Vase.

“After the Vase, the Durham Challenge Cup is the next big trophy round here and we want to be there [in the final].”