Heavy home defeat for Tyne Met but thirds pick up win

Tyne Metropolitan College suffered a heavy home defeat to Sunderland College with three of their four goals coming in the final ten minutes.

The visitors took an early lead Jai Young got a clear run in on goal and he squared to centre forward Dylan Rush who had the easy task of beating Jacob Shotton in the Tyne Met goal.

A quick counter by the home side saw Ciaran Fleming beat his marker but his cross was cleared with two strikers waiting to pounce.

Changes were made at the break and Tyne Met started to apply pressure as Sunderland sat deep. Joe Walton’s back post volley was some kept out by the keeper Stoker and Regan Paterson was robbed just as he was about to tap home the rebound.

The game was becoming stretched and replacement goalkeeper Jordan Coleman made a fine double save to keep Sunderland at bay while at the other end Fleming, who was a threat all game, wasted an opportunity at the back post.

That was probably the turning point as Sunderland broke away following that miss and scored with a curling effort past Coleman.

That seemed to suck the life out of the hosts as poor concentration led to a further two strikes in the dying stages to make the score emphatic.

The last minute saw Luke Latimer miss a chance for a consolation when he ran through but his finish cleared the crossbar.

Head coach Marc Nash said: “A poor start set the tone for the game, which is most disappointing.

“Although Sunderland were much bigger physically we never got going at all.

“We missed our captain Jake Mitchell and some players got a reminder about the level they are playing at, but I also hope the final result isn’t too damaging as we were in the game only ten minutes remaining and the killer second goal came from us over committing to try a find a leveller.”

Meanwhile Tyne Met’s third team recorded their first win of the season, 3-2 at Middlesbrough College.

Aiden Devine set up Ben Smith to put Tyne Met in front.

After two fantastic saves from keeper James Best, Tyne Met doubled their advantage when the pace of Devine, Josh Robson and Callum Fisher led to a cool finish from Devine.

The same player capitalised on a mistake by the home keeper to make it 3-0.

Tiredness then set in and a drop in concentration saw Middlesbrough pull two goals back, but Tyne Met held on for the win.

Captain Darren Clarke said: “The Lads played really well, brilliant decision making on the ball and good challenges made.

“The team work was really good with the quick and simple passes, but we need to work on defending corners in training.”