Story of the night as Sunderland win at Lincoln to begin Papa John's Trophy title defence after Dan Neil and Stephen Wearne goals
Sunderland began the defence of their Papa John’s Trophy title with a 2-1 win at Lincoln.
Lee Johnson made ten changes to his starting XI following Saturday’s defeat at Portsmouth, with promotion from League One clearly the priority this season.
In a squad which had a mixture of first-team and under-23 players, Denver Hume made his first competitive start of the season after recovering from a hamstring injury, while Dan Neil captained the side.
Under-23s players Kenton Richardson, Oliver Younger, Ellis Taylor, Harrison Sonha and Will Harris got a chance to impress.
Goals from Neil and substitute Stephen Wearne saw the Cats claim all three points in Northern Group F, ahead of a meeting with Manchester United Under-21s at the Stadium of Light next week.
The only negative was that Sunderland midfielder Luke O’Nien was forced off with an injury in the second half.
Here’s how the game played out at the LNER Stadium:
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RECAP: Lincoln 1 (Montsma, 90+3) Sunderland 2 (Neil, 2) (Wearne, 72)
Last updated: Tuesday, 05 October, 2021, 22:46
- Sunderland XI: Burge, Richardson, Alves, Younger, Hume, Neil, Sonha, Pritchard, O’Brien, Taylor (Wearne, 62), Harris (O’Nien, 74) (Embleton, 81).
- Subs: Carirney, Almond, O’Nien, Newall, Kachosa, Wearne, Embleton
- Lincoln XI: Long, Poole, Montsma, Sanders, Robson, Sorensen, Walsh (Eyoma, 46), Longdon (Bramall, 69), Adelakun, Maguire (Nlundulu, 69), Scully
- Subs: Boylan, Bramall, Eyoma, Nlundulu
72’ GOALLLL!!!! WEARNE!!!
69’ Chris Maguire makes way
Applause from both sets of fans as Maguire is withdrawn.
64’ Fine tackle from Hume
Longdon was running into the final third at speed there but Hume was able to stop him with an excellent sliding tackle.
62’ First change for Sunderland
58’ Montsma booked
A cynical challenge from the Lincoln defender after Sonha won the ball in the opposition’s half but was brought down.
The midfielder is now back on his feet.
55’ Chance for Will Harris
52’ Important header from Alves
Sunderland are starting to come under pressure here.
Maguire is seeing more of the ball and delivered a threatening cross from the right which Alves headed away.
Lincoln almost drew level there as Robson was allowed to change forward from left-back before Burge tipped his effort over the bar.
A let off.
47’ Bright start to the second half
A decent chance to start the half.
Pritchard picked out Taylor on the right but the latter’s effort lacked power and was straight at the goalkeeper.