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17 August 2019 Venue Eppleton Colliery Welfare Ground Attendance

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Sunderland U18
2 - 5
Blackburn Rovers U18

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Report: Sunderland U18s 2-5 Rovers U18s

Mike Sheron gets up and running as Under-18s boss with an emphatic win against The Black Cats

19 August 2019

Mike Sheron's reign as Rovers' new Under-18s boss got off to the perfect start as his youngsters registered a first victory of the campaign at Sunderland.

Appointed as Billy Barr's successor following the Under-18s boss' move up to the Under-23s, the fact that the five goals came from four different scorers will certainly have pleased the new man.

Following the heavy defeat to Liverpool last weekend, Rovers came into the game bottom of the table, and things started badly as Cole Kiernan handed the hosts the lead just after the half hour mark.

That advantage didn't last long though, with Sam Durrant equalising just two minutes later in what would be the first of two goals on the day for the ex-Liverpool attacker.

Soon after ,and a rare goal from full back Jake Garrett ensured Rovers turned the scoreline on its head and sent the visitors in at half time with a slender lead on Wearside.

Sam Burns extended Rovers' advantage early after the interval to make it 3-1, only for Kiernan to respond by completing his brace to keep the Black Cats in with a chance of taking something from the game.

But it didn't last long and Jared Horlock made no mistake just four minutes later after getting on the end of a Lenni Cirino pass.

Durrant added gloss to the scoreline to complete the rout in injury time as he cooly slotted home a late penalty past home 'keeper Adam Cameron, to ensure Rovers got themselves up and running in the division.

Sheron will be aiming to make it two wins from two games in charge when he takes his side to the Aon Training Complex on Saturday to tackle Manchester United, kick-off 11am.

Sunderland U18s: Cameron, Miller (Pye, 46), Armstrong, Wombwell, Ord, Krakue, Jones, Gooch (Bruce, 80), Foster (Diciccio, 60), Watts, Kiernan.

Unused substitutes: Newman, Baggs.

Rovers U18s: Eastham, Whitehall, Wyatt, Boyomo, Garrett (Cirino, 46), Durrant, Saadi (Zimba, 68), Connolly, Horlock, Gilsenan, (Pleavin, 69), Burns.

Unused substitutes: Dowling, Ferguson.

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