Like the first team, Derby County’s Under 18s recorded back-to-back victories for the first time this season after the Rams successfully completed a comeback to beat Sunderland on Saturday afternoon.
A goal just before the half-an-hour mark saw the hosts take the lead courtesy of wideman Ian Carlo Poveda at the Academy of Light.
However, much like the story a week ago against Wolves, Derby remained determined to take something from the game and they successfully completed a deserved comeback with both Jayden Mitchell-Lawson and Jahvan Davidson-Miller making it onto the scoresheet late on to secure the three points.
Looking back at the contest, it was one that began with few chances for either side in front of goal.
It took 15 minutes for Justin Walker and Rory Delap’s side to create their first opportunity and it fell to Mitchell-Lawson after he was impressively played through by Davidson-Miller. A late tackle, however, prevented Derby from being able to capitalise.
Minutes later another chance fell Derby’s way, this time to Ayomide Jibodu, who was able to beat his man on the right side and release shot on goal which Arijanet Murie tipped comfortably over the bar.
It was following the latter opportunity that the game began to open up and following a phase of possession interchange, Poveda made most of his side’s time with the ball, latching on to a loose ball in the area to convert from close range.
One further chance fell the Rams’ way before the break and it was arguably their best opportunity to score in the half. Cameron Cresswell was presented with a golden chance on goal after a fine individual run and pass from Max Bird but he could only send the ball flying past the far post.
Following the break, Derby were far more dominant and controlled the remainder of the game.
As the match approached its crucial stages, the Rams continued to attack and key chances were created by Cresswell and Davidson-Miller – though they were left with a sense of frustration as the score remained the same.
And finally, after an extended period of knocking on the door – Derby got back level from close range through Mitchell-Lawson after an excellent assist from Cresswell.
Rather than settle for even honours, and with ten minutes of the match remaining, the Rams upped their tempo once again in search of all three points and in no less than the 90th minute, Derby were rewarded after Davidson-Miller netted Max Bird’s back pass to seal back-to-back wins for the first time this season.
Sunderland U18s: Murie, Rosler, Latibeaudiere, Kiabu, Francis, La Rosa, Poveda, Smith, Jose Gonzalez, Foden, Sancho
Substitutes: Bolton, Sokol, Hardy
Derby County U18s: Yates, Goode, Mills, Haywood, Bateman (C), Thomas, Jibodu, Bird, Davidson-Miller, Mitchell-Lawson, Cresswell
Substitutes: Edwards, Fryatt, Thorne, Davie, WiseTweets by @ dcfcofficial