Sunderland Under-19s 0, Wrexham Under-19s 0
THE scoreline doesn't reveal the extent of Sunderland's second-half domination but thanks to a battling defensive display Wrexham managed to hold on to a point.
One minute's silence was observed by both teams and their coaching staff in respect of last week's tragic events in America before the game started in blustery conditions.
The best first-half chances actually fell to Wrexham with Sunderland keeper Craig Turns saving well from Jones and full-back David Sullivan heading off the line with Turns beaten. Sunderland replied with a Glen Lacey effort which clipped the bar but only two determined blocks by defender Iain Davidson in the area prevented the Robins from taking the lead.
However, after the interval Sunderland started to assert their authority, dominating the game and applying intense pressure.
Chris Brown was close with a glancing header but unfortunately miskicked when well placed in front of goal.
A long-range effort from Dene Shields flew over the top and Wrexham keeper Clitheroe was thankful to hold on to a fierce Keith Graydon drive but could only watch when another Brown header flashed just over.
Two corners in the final five minutes saw frantic Welsh defending but Sunderland still could not find that elusive breakthrough.
As Sunderland coach Ged McNamee said afterwards: "It was the same old story.
"We played well enough with plenty of good balls into the box but once again we had no cutting edge."