Gateshead 4 - 1 Sunderland XI

18/07/2009
Gateshead scored twice in each half to secure a comfortable win over a youthful Sunderland side at a saturated International Stadium today.

Three of the Tynesiders goals came from trialists, including strikers Darren Forsyth and Tomi Ameobi, younger brother of Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi.


Central defender Simon Ainge, 21, who made 18 appearances for Bradford City, including six Football League starts, was also on target along with Alex Francis.

Martin Brittain, operating on each flank, had a fine game along with Francis who became increasingly influential as the game wore on.

Neither Jim Provett or Paul Farman had much to do in the Gateshead goal against a Sunderland side without first team experience.

The early exchanges lacked the intensity of last week's warm up game against Huddersfield Town though Provett had to save one handed from Robbie Weir.

Good work from Phil Turnbull saw his trademark step-overs bamboozle the Wearsiders defence to create the 18th minute opener for Ainge.

Turnbull eased past two defenders on the left side of the box to chip invitingly towards the back post where Ainge headed into the roof of the net.

The Black Cats were level five minutes later when David Dowson went past Ainge to deliver a low cross that saw Liam O'Mahoney tap home.

Ainge was involved in Gateshead's second goal when his driven ball out of defence was missed by Steven Richardson and his marker.

Forsyth, who had flown in from Dublin earlier in the day to begin his trial period at Gateshead, raced clear to calmly round Cats keeper Michael Misiewicz.

The 21 year old snatched at another chance from outside the box and was replaced by fellow trialist Ameobi for the second half - one of five substitutions made during the break.

A torrential downpour had left parts of the pitch waterlogged in the second half as play became a lottery.

Gateshead however wrapped up victory with two goals in two minutes on the hour after Sunderland defender Joe Cornforth had prevented Ameobi from homing in on goal with an arm pull.

Former Magpies, Francis and Brittain, were involved in a superb third goal after Brittain found Francis with a ball infield and then picked up the reverse pass.

Checking on to his right foot Brittain's cross was then volleyed home first time by Francis from 16 yards, and it was Francis who then set up the fourth.

The midfielders quickly taken free kick saw Ameobi slot the ball past the exposed Misiewicz and the front man had two further efforts, both set up by Jamie Harwood.

Gateshead now move on to Durham City on Tuesday where captain Kris Gate and wide man Wayne Phillips should return while defender Chris Swailes is close to fitness.

Forsyth, Ameobi and Ainge are expected to continue their trial period but manager Ian Bogie is now resigned to missing out on top target Paul Connor.

"It looks like Connor is going to sign for Lincoln City," said Bogie "but both Ameobi and Forsyth scored against Sunderland and will get another chance to impress at Durham.

"It was disappointing that Sunderland didn't send a stronger side but you can only play what's in front of you and it was another good performance."

Gateshead: Provett (Farman 61), Baxter, Robinson (Cave 45), Francis, Curtis (Jones 45), Ainge, Brittain, Turnbull, Forsyth (Ameobi 45), Richardson (Armstrong 45), Taylforth (Harwood 45)

Referee: Billy Khatib (Sunderland)
Att: 627

By Jeff Bowron.

Phil Turnbull finds control difficult in monsoon conditions against Sunderland at the International Stadium

Phil Turnbull finds control difficult in monsoon conditions against Sunderland at the International Stadium. Pic by Martin Avery

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