Fulham and Sunderland shared eight goals between them to draw 4-4 in yesterday’s Barclays U18 Premier League encounter.
The result sees Fulham remain unbeaten, although Sunderland will be kicking themselves after squandering the opportunity to take their first win of the season in their North Division.
Sunderland took an early lead as Martin Smith’s twenty-yard strike was parried by Marek Rodak in the Fulham goal and Dylan McEvoy came racing in to convert the rebound.
George Williams equalised for last year’s under 18 champions as he pounced on a poor bit of goalkeeping by Peter Burke.
Lynden Gooch was brought down by Noe Baba and Smith scored the resulting penalty to put Sunderland back in front.
Gooch scored a screamer to further increase the Black Cats lead as he cut in from the right-hand side and unleashed a fierce drive into the corner of the net.
Pat Roberts reduced the deficit just before the break and Moussa Dembele drew them level after half-time as he netted from close range.
Roberts put Fulham ahead for the first time in the game late on when he made a superb run down the right wing and showed he had the finish to match.
Substitute James Stinson was fouled in the box as Fulham gave away a second penalty of the game and Smith replicated his first strike, making no mistake in levelling the scores.
Sunderland coach Carlton Fairweather said: “We did really well building from the Arsenal game last week. We scored good counter-attacking goals but gave away some silly goals as well, but we battled on to take a point.”