In their final fixture of the Peace Cup, the Wearsiders struggle to overcome Dutch opponents, before a 13-minute cameo from the 19-year-old striker secured victorySubstitute Ryan Noble capped a superb comeback for Sunderland as they overcame FC Groningen 3-2 in their final game of the Peace Cup.
The Black Cats had taken an early lead, but then surrendered it to trail 2-1 with just 13 minutes left before the youngster Noble was brought on.
Sunderland made three changes from their 1-0 defeat to Seongnam, with youngster Ben Wilson starting in goal and Craig Lynch starting up front with Connor Wickham and Fraizer Campbell.
Meanwhile, Carlos Cuellar was included in the centre of defence from the start, having appeared as a second-half substitute in the game against Seongnam.
Both teams began the game with good attacking intent but, after some chances for the Dutch side, it was Sunderland who took the lead through Connor Wickham, who poked home the rebound after Titus Bramble saw a header saved.
However, things took a turn for the worse for the Black Cats, as they saw defenders Cuellar and Wes Brown both replaced after picking up injuries, before Hyun-Jun Suk scored an equaliser with a superb overhead kick from 12 yards out.
Then, just before half time, Groningen took the lead as winger Mitchell Schet lost his marker Kieran Richardson before slotting the ball home to give the Dutch a 2-1 lead at the break.
The second half began in a similar vein to the first, with both sides looking to come forward and attack at any given opportunity, while Wickham had a chance to equalise but was too hesitant in attempting the shot.
Sunderland’s final substitution saw them bring on youngster Noble up front, and he had an instant impact, as he played a crucial role in the equaliser. His pass found Craig Gardner, who then sent a cross into the penalty area that was bundled home by Campbell, levelling the score at 2-2.
However, the youngster's cameo was not completed, as Noble took a cross from David Meyler, advanced past three defenders and lashed the ball into the net from 18 yards, scoring a truly memorable goal for the Black Cats.
The game ended shortly after, with Sunderland securing a 3-2 victory and third place in the Peace Cup, capping their pre-season tour of South Korea.