Barclays U-18 Premier League (North Group)
Tuesday 16th February 2016
The Academy of Light is the UEFA five star certified training facilities and youth academy for Sunderland A.F.C. The ground was built at a cost of £10m and officially opened in March 2003. The Academy of Light is located in 220 acres of land, but not in Sunderland, found just over the other side of the boundary border in Cleadon, South Tyneside.
The main pitch used by the Academy side is one of four full size pitches, railed off with both dugouts on one side. The Academy building has the changing and medical rooms, administration and education facilities, plus a family lounge, although be prepared to wear plastic bags over your shoes, as they don't appreciate a clarty carpet.
Sunderland U-18(5th) v Newcastle United U-18(9th)
Barclays U-18 Premier League (North Group) Matchday 20/22
1pm kick off
Weather:cold & windy
Having just shaded the first half, Sunderland stepped up the pace after the interval. Toon ‘keeper Ben Smith denied the mackems with a string off impressive saved, but was finally beaten on 79 minutes, when a right wing corner was met with a firm header from Andrew Nelson from 12 yards.
Top Lad - Ben Smith(Newcastle United)