Battling Tyne Met come away with nothing
Tyne Met 2nds lost out to the odd goal in three in a close encounter with Sunderland College.
The North Tynesiders started the brighter with some good play on a very boggy and difficult pitch.
However, they went a goal down on ten minutes.
They did respond and fashioned a few half chances, but they were dealt with by the Sunderland defence.
An equaliser finally came after a cleared ball found its way to Carl Haytor who got in behind the Sunderland defence and away from his man before finishing with a brilliant lob from 30 yards.
The game then became a scrappy midfield battle with tackles from both teams flying in, with Tyne Met keeper Liam Henderson making some good blocks.
Sunderland started the better in the second half and Tyne Met had to defend, which they did well.
Counter attacks were their best route to scoring and they went close through Nico Glowacki, whose shot from distance was pushed behind by the keeper.
Sunderland were on top and Tyne Met lost their concentration as they conceded a sloppy goal from a corner to put Sunderland ahead with 20 minutes to play.
This seemed to wake the Tyne Met players up and Haytor went close with a rising effort that just cleared the crossbar, Reece Charlton headed wide from a good Billy Walker cross.
At the other end, Henderson had to be alert to stop a stinging effort from 25 yards, but the play was with Tyne Met who continued to press for an equaliser.
They thought they had it when Reece Charlton’s header from a Lewis Marshall cross was cleared off the line.
Second team Coach Paul Robinson said: “A tight, scrappy game in which I can’t fault the effort of the lads.
“We adapted well on a poor pitch and still managed to play some good football but lacked any real quality in the final third to really punish the opposition.”