Benji Kimpioka sent-off in Sunderland under-23 pre-season friendly draw

Sunderland forward Benji Kimpioka was sent-off as the club’s under-23 side drew at Hebburn Town in a pre-season friendly.

Thursday, 29th July 2021, 10:00 am
Benji Kimpioka

Kimpioka, who spent the second half of last season on loan at League Two side Torquay United, was dismissed just before half-time with the Black Cats 1-0 up.

Stephen Wearne had handed Elliott Dickman’s side an early lead, but Hebburn levelled late on through Jack Donaghy.

Sunderland named a strong squad for the trip to the Energy Check Stadium – with the likes of Wearne, Harrison Sohna, Ethan Kachosa and Jacob Carney all involved.

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They were, however, without Oliver Younger, Ellis Taylor and Sam Wilding after they started at Tranmere Rovers on Tuesday.

The Wearsiders also handed opportunities to trialists, with ex-Peterborough defender Khaya Gregory and Fenton Green – formerly of Crewe Alexandra – named on the teamsheet.

Sunderland’s under-23 will begin their Premier League 2 season against Fulham on August 16.

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