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.

Tuesday, 5th October 2021, 10:43 pm

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.

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Dan Neil of Sunderland scores the first goal during the Papa John's EFL Trophy Group match between Lincoln City and Sunderland at Sincil Bank Stadium.

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


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Applause from both sets of fans as Maguire is withdrawn.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

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.

Second half under way

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