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23rd December 2015 10:18

FA Youth Cup Round 3
One Call Stadium, 18 Dec 2015, 7pm kickoff

Mansfield Town U18s 1-5 Sunderland U18s

Devante Reittie 31. Molyneux 30, Asoro 43, 48, 90, Pybus 78

Att: 312

Stags U18s: Wilson, Bloor, Danquah, Marriott, Ratcliffe, Harrison, C Smith, Healey, Blake (c), Reittie, Hakeem.
subs: Hampson, Gibson, Shaw, Baldwin, A Smith

Sunderland U18s: Purvis, J Robson, Hume, Taylor, Casey, Wright, Molyneux, Pybus, Embleton, Nelson, Asoro.

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Goal for Sunderland. (Molyneux 30') - The winger cuts in from the right and curls a shot beyond Sam Wilson into the corner.

GOALLLLLLLL for Mansfield! (Reittie 31')
32- An instant leveller for The Stags as Devante Reittie executes a beautiful finish from distance into the top corner! (1-1)

36- The ball bounces back off the crossbar and Devante Reittie nearly grabs his second of the match for Mansfield but his header goes wide.

38- Luke Molyneux sends in a superb cross for the head of Andrew Nelson who nearly puts Sunderland ahead, but his header skims the post.

Goal for Sunderland (Asoro 43'). The forward turns his marker and places into the bottom corner to put Sunderland 2-1 ahead.

Goal for Sunderland (Asoro 48'). The visitors stretch their lead as the tricky Osoro gets threaded through and gets it past Wilson (1-3)

Goal for Sunderland (Pybus 78'). The Black Cats extend with their advantage with another long range strike, this time by Daniel Pybus. 1-4

86- Zayn Hakeem works brilliantly to cut in from the right and comes excruciatingly close but his left-footer curls wide.

Goal for Sunderland (Asoro 90+2'). The visitors crown their victory with a fifth goal and they'll go into the next round. 1-5
@SunderlandAFC 90+2' Goall! Asoro again! The Swede bags his hat-trick and makes it 5-1

Full-time: Stags' under 18s 1-5 Sunderland. Devante Reittie's magnificent goal is the highlight as Mansfield Town exit the FA Youth Cup...


Youth report: Stags 1-5 Sunderland
mansfieldtown.net, 18th December 2015

Stags' youth team exited the FA Youth Cup at the third round stage after losing 5-1 at home to Barclays Under 18 Premier League side Sunderland this evening.

Stags were the underdogs going into the encounter against their North-East counterparts and it was the Black Cats who had the better of the opening play.

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It was the visitors who took the lead on the 30-minute mark through Luke Molyneux when he cut in from the right-hand side and curled a left-footed shot into the top corner of Sam Wilson’s net.

Their lead lasted just one minute as Devante Reittie’s tremendous strike from distance levelled the tie, but three goals from the imperious Joel Asoro and a 25-yard piledriver from Daniel Pybus ensured it would be the Black Cats who would be facing Norwich in the fourth round.

Sunderland forward Asoro registered the game’s first chance after finding a yard of space to get his shot away, but his curling effort whipped just past Stags ‘keeper Sam Wilson’s top-right hand corner.

Having missed the second round victory over Dereham through injury, Reittie was the first Stag to try his luck after picking up the ball 25 yards from goal before unleashing a powerful strike that went just wide of the post.

Like a pendulum, the game swung once again towards the visitors; this time it was captain Pybus who produced some nimble footwork inside the box to allow for the shot - but his floated effort was comfortably held by Wilson.

Again the Stags hit back through Cameron Healey’s pinpoint cross to the back-post which midfielder Cain Smith was busting a gut to get to, but couldn’t make a strong enough connection after stretching out a leg.

On the half-hour mark, the Barclays Under 18 Premier League visitors broke the deadlock through wide-man Luke Molyneux. The youngster shrugged off his defender before bending a perfectly weighted strike to right-hand corner with Wilson helpless to keep it out.

Their lead however lasted just 60 seconds as Mansfield drew level through a sensational strike by Reittie. After cutely rolling the ball past his defender, the front-man let fly with a speculative long-range effort that hung in the air before looping past Black Cats’ ‘keeper Greg Purvis.

However Mansfield couldn’t keep the game on equal terms for too long as Elliott Dickman’s men retained the lead just before the half-time whistle. Courtesy of pacey winger Asoro, he took the ball with his back to goal and sublimely turned his defender before bearing down on goal before he coolly slotted the ball past Wilson.

Asoro had proven to be a major thorn in the Stags’ side, and three minutes after the interval he netted his second of the evening. The ball was smartly threaded through the back-line for Asoro who beat the offside trap to calmly knock the ball past Wilson to make it 3-1.

Sunderland were really taking the game by the scruff of the neck, with Mansfield having goalkeeper Wilson to thank after he pulled off a terrific fingertip save to deny Andrew Nelson’s powerful drive.

Stags did have a chance with just over 15 minutes remaining through Zayn Hakeem after great work by Louis Danquah on the left. The full-back fed Danquah who opened up his body to strike, but unfortunately dragged it wide of the mark.

The miss proved costly as the Wearside club struck back in deadly fashion down the other end of the pitch. Captain Pybus got his name on the scoresheet after he produced a wonderful strike from distance which rocketed into the top corner of Sam Wilson’s net.

With just minutes remaining, Asoro rounded off a spectacular solo performance by tucking home his hat-trick to round off a 5-1 win for the North East side as Stags’ FA Youth Cup journey came to an end at the third round stage.


Mansfield Town: Wilson, Bloor, Danquah, Marriott, Ratcliffe, Harrison, C. Smith (Gibson, 81), Healey (Shaw, 81), Blake ©, Reittie (Baldwin, 64), Hakeem.

Substitutes not used: Hampson, A. Smith.

Sunderland: Purvis, Robson (Gamble, 84), Hume, Wright, Taylor, Casey, Molyneux, Pybus © (Bale, 81), Nelson (Yves Poame, 82), Embleton, Asoro.

Substitutes not used: Woud, Storey.



FA YOUTH CUP: Mansfield Town 1-5 U18s
by Sam Lightle, safc.com, 18 December, 2015

Asoro nets treble as U18s seal FA Youth Cup progression.
Mansfield Town U18s 1-5 Sunderland U18s

Joel Asoro fired a hat-trick as Sunderland’s U18s eased past Mansfield Town in the third round of the FA Youth Cup on Friday.
The Sweden U17 striker restored the Lads’ lead late in the first period after Devante Reittie had finished expertly cancelling out Luke Molyneux’s opener.


Dan Pybus then score in between a second half brace from Asoro - who sealed his hat-trick late on - as the Lads made sure of the victory.
Sunderland’s U18s had been frustrated in recent weeks after two of their Barclays U18 Premier League matches against Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers had been postponed due to adverse weather conditions.
That had meant the U18s top-four challenge had been halted for the time being as they slipped to sixth in the league, but this FA Youth Cup tie at Mansfield Town presented the perfect opportunity of ending 2015 on a high note.
To boost their chances of reaching the fourth round - where Norwich City await - Elliott Dickman was able to include Andrew Nelson, Daniel Wright and Joshua Robson in his starting XI, three players who had impressed in the U21s side in recent weeks.
And their quality was clear to see from the off with winger Molyneux flashing a fiercely struck ball across the face of goal.
Efforts from Elliot Embleton, Josh Robson and Pybus followed as the Lads dominated large spells of the first half at the One Call Stadium.
But Molyneux sparked the game into life on the half-hour mark when he fired an exquisite left-footed strike into the net.
However, a minute later the hosts levelled the tie through Reittie who unleashed a sublime effort from 25 yards to beat Greg Purvis in Sunderland’s goal.
From then on Mansfield’s U18s showed a lot of fight and spirit but it was the visitors who almost regained their lead when Nelson struck the post with a header from Josh Robson’s cross on the right-hand side.
Shortly after, Asoro did manage to restore the Lads lead with a well placed finish after showing great pace to get past his man and bear down one-on-one with the keeper.
The Lads began the second period in much of the same fashion, dominating possession and looking lively in front of goal.
And it took just three minutes after the restart for the young Black Cats to extend their lead - Asoro bagged his second with a smart finish after a neat run in behind.
Despite the hard fought two-goal cushion that the Lads had managed to build they weren’t done then.
A rapid run down the left-hand side saw Asoro almost score his hat-trick before Embleton won possession in the final third and fed Nelson in only for the keeper to just get there ahead of the forward.
Embleton then had a chance for himself but after doing so well to work some space inside the area the Stags keeper was on hand to make a smart stop with his feet.
But the Lads got their just reward for knocking on the door and moments after seeing his effort shave the top of the bar, Pybus made sure the Lads were heading into the fourth round.
After excellent build up play the U18s skipper was on hand to place his finish off an excellent move from the edge of the box and make it 4-1.
Asoro then sealed his hat-trick in the final minute of stoppage time to help the Lads record an emphatic win at Mansfield Town.
Sunderland U18s starting XI: Purvis, J Robson (Gamble), Hume, Taylor, Casey, Wright, Molyneux, Pybus (Bale), Embleton, Nelson (Poame), Asoro
Unused subs: Woud, Storey


Dempster taking positives from Sunderland loss
mansfieldtown.net, 18th December 2015

Mansfield Town under 18s’ head coach John Dempster says he has learnt a lot after watching his side exit the FA Youth Cup against Sunderland at One Call Stadium this evening.

The Stags put in a performance with a lot of heart, but came unstuck against a clinical Black Cats side who took their chances to win 5-1 and go through to the FA Youth Cup fourth round stage.

Devante Reittie did offer a glimmer of hope with a stunning equaliser immediately after Sunderland had taken the lead on the half-hour mark, although their Category One opponents ran away with the game in clinical style.

But Dempster believes he has learnt a lot about his side by watching them take on such a challenge, and thinks it won’t have a negative effect on how he reviews the current season so far.

“I learnt so much about the players tonight - although we got beaten 5-1, that’s a collective, it’s not the back four or goalkeeper which were at fault - we’re all in this together. There were some good individual performances.

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“They’ve earned a small break over Christmas - they’ve worked hard for over five months now and they’ve gone from some 15-16 year-olds who were straggly teenagers that came in on the first day - [now] they’ve started to fill out, started to mature.

“This result against an outstanding outfit isn’t going to put a negative side effect on the hard work we’ve done this season. They’ve been excellent as a group and as long as they come back after the Christmas break chomping at the bit, I’ll be happy.”

And despite thinking his side will learn from the occasion, Dempster reckons his youngsters paid a heavy price for conceding at the times they did, and praised the good football the Tyne and Wear outfit played.

“Sunderland were a quality outfit, we knew they were before the game, we had them watched several times. We knew we had to be at our best. Credit to them, they passed the ball around nicely and scored some good goals.

“Whether you play Sunderland or a team in our league, if you concede a goal before half-time and after half-time, it’s going to be tough. When you’re up against a [Barclays Under 18] Premier League outfit like
Sunderland, who are good at keeping the ball, it’s going to be a difficult night.”

You can watch Dempster’s interview, in full, on Stags Player.



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