Duncan Watmore fires way into first-team frame as Sunderland’s Under-21s win at Fulham

GOALS ... Duncan Watmore.

GOALS ... Duncan Watmore.

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DUNCAN Watmore fired his way into senior contention by scoring a brace as Sunderland’s Under-21s won 2-0 at Fulham this afternoon.

The winger – who has yet to make his league bow for the first-team – struck two times before the break as the Black Cats earned all three points in the Under-21 Premier League fixture.

Watmore scored the opening goal after just five minutes as he finished off a fine counter attack.

And although Fulham fought their way back into the game before half-time, the 21-year-old doubled Sunderland’s advantage on the stroke of the break after being set up by Martin Smith.

Sunderland saw out the game in the second half at Craven Cottage against a Fulham side featuring highly-rated starlets Patrick Roberts and Moussa Dembele.

Sunderland Under-21s: Pickford, Cartwright, Robson, Agnew, McNamee, Beadling, Gooch, Smith, Mandron, Honeyman, Watmore. Subs: J Robson, Burke, Wright, Blinco, Greenwood.

Goals: Watmore (5, 45).