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Team Sunderland were heavily beaten by a clinical Teesside team away from home in the annual TeesWear Varsity event.

Teesside started well scoring after three minutes, before doubling their advantage just 15 minutes in as Sunderland struggled to get into the game.

Goals in the 32nd and 37th minute ensured Teesside went into the break with a comfortable margin to work with in the second half.

Two goals in quick succession found Teesside six goals to the good after just 52 minutes, before they scored their seventh in the 89th minute.

Teesside took the lead when Sunderland keeper Dean Sherlock gifted possession to the Teesside striker who ran through and slotted home.

Teesside scored again when the ball was pulled to the midfielder who sweetly struck the ball into the bottom left hand corner.

Teesside increased their advantage when a long ball over the top found the striker who then rounded Sherlock and slotted home.

Sunderland could have pulled one back when a deflected cross found Liam Jackson at the back post but he could only shoot wide from six yards out.

Teesside added their fourth when the ball was worked down the right, and an effort from the Teesside winger found the bottom corner.

Three minutes after half time Teesside added another when the winger curled an effort towards the bottom left corner, but Sherlock could only tip it onto the post as the ball rolled over the line.

Teesside scored their sixth when they won the ball high up the pitch and the striker placed the ball into the bottom corner.

Matty Harris went close for the visitors with a free kick from 25 yards but his effort was saved by the Teesside keeper.

Teesside scored again one minute from time as a low cross was tapped home as the hosts ran out comfortable winners but Sunderland will be rueing their missed chances.