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Match Report: St Mirren 0-6 Sunderland

St Mirren suffered a disappointing friendly defeat as they lost 6-0 to English League One side Sunderland.

Goals from Joshua Maja and Lyndon Gooch had the visitors 2-0 in front at the interval, before the pair both struck again in the second half along with strikes from George Honeyman and Luke Molyneux sealed the emphatic win for The Black Cats. 

It was Sunderland who created the first opening of the match after a quiet opening 10 minutes when Gooch dragged a shot wide. Saints responded, breaking up the park and winning a corner. The ball was worked into the box where it eventually met Danny Mullen whose terrific overhead kick was pushed wide by Jon McLaughlin.

A minute later a good move between the two McGinns and Cammy Smith saw the latter get a shot away but it was held by McLaughlin. 

Sunderland took the lead on 22 minutes with a neat finish from Maja. Adam Matthews played a lovely ball over the top that was brought down well by Scot, Chris Maguire. The forward laid it off into the path of Maja who stroked home. 

The visitors doubled their advantage 10 minutes later after being awarded a penalty. Gooch broke into the right hand side of the box and was brought down by Cole Kpekawa who mistimed his challenge. Their was no doubt in the award and Gooch stepped up, sending Craig Samson the wrong way to make it 2-0. 

Half Time: St Mirren 0-2 Sunderland

The Buddies started the second half brightly. Immediately from kick-off, Hayden Coulson got the ball and went on a terrific solo run, but when he got into the box he sclaffed the effort wide. 

But 10 minutes later, Sunderland were 3-0 up. Maguire moved in on goal and saw a powerful effort blocked by substitute Danny Rogers. Maja kept the ball alive and found Gooch who got his second of the game. 

Substitute Jeff King saw a shot blocked by McLaughlin with 20 minutes remaining before Saints fell apart in the final stages.

A quick Sunderland break saw Maja grab his second of the game with a low drive from the edge of the box. George Honeyman made it five from close range on 77 minutes with Luke Molyneux rounded it off with a sixth for the visitors just a few minutes remaining.

Full Time: St Mirren 0-6 Sunderland

St Mirren: Samson (Rogers 45), P.McGinn, Baird, Kpekawa, Coulson, S. McGinn (Kellermann 82), Mullen (King 61), Trialist A (Flynn 45), MacPherson (Erhahon 61), Smith (Trialist C), Trialist B (Stewart 72)
Subs Not Used: Heaton, McShane, Cooke 

Sunderland: McLaughlin, Matthews, Ozturk (Taylor 84), Flanagan, Love (Hume 80), Cattermole (Mumba 74), McGeouch (Hackett 84), Honeyman (Kimpioka 84), Gooch (Molyneux 78), Maja, Maguire
Subs Not Used: Stryjek

Referee: John Beaton
Assistant Referee: Dougie Potter
Assistant Referee: Sean Carr
Fourth Official: Greg Aitken


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