SUNDERLAND have been held to a 1-1 draw by Nationwide League North facet York Metropolis on a sunny night on the LNER Neighborhood Stadium.
Lynden Gooch was the primary to check the fingertips of York Metropolis keeper Ryan Whitley who palmed away his low curling shot. Aiden McGeady was subsequent within the queue to have a go when he made a trademark jinking run from the left onto his proper foot earlier than his curling effort was deflected broad.
Corry Evans had the prospect to internet for the primary time in Sunderland colors when a defensive combine up allowed Ross Stewart to tee him up from eight yards however he was brilliantly denied by Whitley.
Gooch had to get replaced by Jack Diamond after 25 minutes due to a knock however it seemed prefer it wasn’t something greater than a precautionary transfer.
Sunderland have been holding possession and knocking the ball round rather well and it confirmed with some good construct up play for the primary aim.
Elliot Embleton performed a beautiful reverse cross in behind the defence for McGeady who sidestepped his man and put it on a plate for Dan Neil who stroked house from round 10 yards. A aim that was very simple on the attention.
Sunderland managed the possession for the remainder of the half with a handful of Black Cats followers offering the leisure within the sport with some chanting to the tune of ‘Complete Once more’ by Atomic Kitten. I feel it’s too quickly to be reminded of the Euros.
It didn’t take lengthy for York Metropolis to discover a manner again into the sport shortly after the restart. Scott Barrow’s whipped free-kick from the suitable was glanced onto the submit to ship Lee Burge clutching at skinny air. After a number of touches within the space, the ball sat up properly for Kurt Willoughby who gratefully wolfed up the prospect and lashed house from shut vary.
Barrow is thought for having a wand of a left foot and he was at it once more with a speculative 35-yard testing Burge with a protracted vary strike however the Sunderland keeper was equal to the duty.
Stewart had the prospect to place Sunderland again in entrance nearly instantly when Embleton slipped him in behind the defence however his curling shot was a ways astray.
Lee Johnson rang in a triple change bringing on Kenton Richardson, Josh Hawkes and Aiden O’Brien to see what affect they might have on the sport.
The Black Cats nearly instantly reaped the advantages as a breakaway moved arrange McGeady simply contained in the field who’s low effort was saved onto the submit by keeper Whitley.
Sunderland had their probabilities however give York their due credit score, they’re a tough working facet who managed to carry their very own and stop Sunderland from gaining extra of a foothold within the sport.
After a interval of frustration for the Black Cats after being shut out for lengthy interval of the second half, they have been handed the prospect to place themselves again in entrance 4 minutes from time when a properly labored one-two between Benji Kimpioka and Aiden O’Brien carved out area within the field and Kimpioka was introduced down by the keeper.
The referee pointed to the spot however the Swedish winger couldn’t convert as Whitley dived low right down to his proper to disclaim him from 12 yards.
That proved to be the ultimate motion of the night because it completed all stage on the LNER Neighborhood Stadium.
Sunderland beginning XI vs York Metropolis: Lee Burge; Oliver Youthful, Callum Doyle (Kenton Richardson 60’), Tom Flanagan, Tyrese Dyce (Nathan Newell 80’); Aiden McGeady (Benji Kimpioka 80’), Dan Neil, Elliot Embleton, Corry Evans (Josh Hawkes 60’), Lynden Gooch (Jack Diamond 25’); Ross Stewart (Aiden O’Brien 60’)
Man of the match: Elliot Embleton