Sunderland back to winning ways with Gillingham victory


Sky Bet League 1

Sunderland 4-2 Gillingham

Cattermole 4     Eaves 6

Flanagan 10      Hanlan 40

Grigg 66 pen

McGeady 77 pen

Sunderland picked up their first win in four games with a 4-2 victory over Gillingham last night.

Lee Cattermole gave the hosts an early lead that was cancelled out by Tom Eaves moments later.

Tom Flanagan restored Sunderland’s lead before Gillingham equalised through Brandon Hanlan.

Will Grigg and Aiden McGeady sealed the victory in the second half with goals from the spot.

Sunderland started the game really well and were ahead within four minutes when Cattermole buried the ball home at the far post on the end of a corner.

However, their lead lasted just two minutes when poor defending led to Eaves being one-on-one with Jon McLaughlin and the striker got round the keeper and put the ball into an empty net.

Four minutes later, the hosts were back in front when Tom Flanagan headed home at the far post on the end of Grant Leadbitter’s corner.

Chances were few and far between after that until in the 40th minute when Gillingham equalised through Hanlan. The goal came when a corner was poorly defended and the striker was on hand to fire home at the far post.

12 minutes into the second half, Leadbitter came close for Sunderland when his long range effort was pushed just wide.

The Black Cats were awarded a penalty nine minutes later when Luke O’Nien was brought down by Leonardo Da Silva Lopes in the box, and Grigg stepped up and buried it down the right-hand side.

In the 75th minute, Sunderland came close again when Lynden Gooch played through McGeady on the right and he cut in and his shot was saved by the legs of keeper Tomas Holy.

The hosts were awarded another penalty two minutes later when Regan Charles-Cook brought down O’Nien in the box, and McGeady stepped up and buried it down the bottom-right.

Sunderland nearly made it five in the 81st minute when George Honeyman’s shot was tipped over after good play by McGeady.

Seven minutes later, Gillingham’s Barry Fuller’s looping long range effort went just wide of the mark.

The result means Sunderland move up to third while Gillingham remain in 17th.

Sunderland: McLaughlin, O’Nien, Dunne, Flanagan, James, Cattermole (Power 89), Leadbitter (McGeouch 85), Maguire (Gooch 18), Honeyman, McGeady, Grigg.

Booked: Honeyman and Dunne.

Subs not used: Ruiter, Ozturk, Wyke and Morgan.

Gillingham: Holy, O’Neill, Ehmer, Ogilvie, Fuller, Byrne, Lopes (Charles-Cook 68), Oldaker (List 74), Burke (Parrett 90), Eaves, Hanlan.

Booked: Byrne, Lopes and Burke.

Subs not used: Reilly, Campbell, King and Hadler.

Attendance: 28,364


Hebburn and West Auckland share points in six-goal thriller

Ebac Northern League Division 1

Hebburn Town 3-3 West Auckland

Storey 27                   Purewal 19 pen

Sullivan 77 pen        Dowson 52

Armstrong 90+5     Mitchell 90+4 pen

A late Graeme Armstrong equaliser rescued a point for Hebburn Town in a dramatic 3-3 draw with West Auckland yesterday.

Amar Purewal took the lead from the spot early in the first half for the visitors, before Louis Storey equalised only for David Dowson to put West in front again shortly after the break.

Luke Sullivan equalised from the spot for the Hornets before West Auckland thought they’d won it through an Adam Mitchell penalty in added time.

Armstrong equalised however moments later.

It was the second time the two sides had met in a week with West Auckland winning the previous encounter 2-0 to knock the Hornets out of the FA Vase.

West Auckland made a great start to the game and came close just ten minutes in when Mackenzie Heaney cut in on the left and his shot went just wide.

The visitors were awarded a penalty nine minutes later when Storey brought down Dowson in the box, and Purewal buried the ball down the left-hand side to put his side in front.

Hebburn equalised in the 27th minute when Storey smashed the ball into the top-left corner on the end of a great ball in from Michael Richardson.

Chances were few and far between after that until seven minutes into the second half when West Auckland took the lead again through Dowson who cut in from the right and beat Andrew Jennison with a left-footed strike into the top-left corner.

The visitors were reduced to ten men 15 minutes later when Liam Hegarty was dismissed for a rash challenge on Andrew Stephenson.

Hebburn had a penalty ten minutes later when Armstrong was brought down in the box by Denver Morris and Sullivan stepped up and buried the ball into the bottom-left corner to equalise for the Hornets.

The third penalty of the game came four minutes later when Arran Wearmouth was brought down by Jack Donaghy, but this time Purewal missed – hitting the crossbar.

West were awarded yet another penalty in added time when Donaghy brought down Wearmouth again, and this time Mitchell placed the ball into the bottom-left corner to just beat Jennison.

Moments later, Hebburn equalised in dramatic fashion when Armstrong’s diving header on the end of Richardson’s cross beat the keeper and sent the crowd wild.

The result sees West Auckland drop down to ninth in the Northern League Division 1 table while Hebburn remain in seventh.

Hebburn Town: Jennison, Read, Storey (Donaghy 55), Gilhespy, Shaw, Sullivan, Richardson, Spence (Blackburn 70), Stephenson, Suddick (Robson 67), Armstrong.

Booked: Gilhespy and Stephenson

Unused subs: Dibb-Fuller and Smith

West Auckland: Bland, Hegarty, Hunter, Cobain, Price, Purewal, Dodds, Mitchell, Snaith, Heaney (Morris 74), Dowson (Wearmouth 80).

Booked: Bland, Snaith and Dodds

Sent off: Hegarty

Unusued subs: Burnicle, Portas and Coulson.

Attendance: 210


Scrappy encounter as Sunderland and Blackpool share points


Sky Bet League 1

Sunderland 1-1 Blackpool

Baldwin 75       Gnanduillet 31

Sunderland and Blackpool shared the points in a scrappy encounter at the Stadium of Light last night.

Armand Gnanduillet put the visitors in front midway through the first half before Jack Baldwin equalised in the second half.

The sides both came into the game looking to extend unbeaten records in the league.

It was a slow start to the game and the first real chance didn’t come until the 24th minute when Sunderland’s Jimmy Dunne charged forward and his long-range effort went just wide.

Six minutes later, Sunderland came close with a great move involving Lynden Gooch, Duncan Watmore and Will Grigg, but Grigg’s resulting shot was saved by Mark Howard.

In the 31st minute, Blackpool found themselves in front when Gnanduillet blasted the ball on the edge of the box into the bottom-left corner.

The hosts almost hit back six minutes later when Aiden McGeady’s free kick hit the post, before Blackpool’s Ben Heneghan headed just wide from a corner in the 42nd minute.

The Tangerines began the second half well when just five minutes in, Gnanduillet beat two on the left but his shot went into the side netting.

Sunderland’s biggest chance without scoring came in the 64th minute when Baldwin played a good long ball forward and Grigg rounded the keeper but somehow managed to shoot into the side-netting.

Ten minutes later, Jack Ross’ side equalised when Baldwin headed home on the end of Grant Leadbitter’s excellent corner.

Chances were few and far between after that, and the game petered out meaning the sides shared the points.

Sunderland: McLaughlin, O’Nien, Baldwin, Dunne, James (Flanagan 79), Leadbitter, Honeyman, Gooch (Wyke 52), Watmore, McGeady (Morgan 62), Grigg.

Subs not used: Maguire, McGeouch, Ruiter (GK), Sterling.

Blackpool: Howard, Turton, Heneghan, Tilt, Bola (Feeney 7), Pritchard, Thompson, Delfouneso, Evans (Long 73), Gnanduillet, Virtue (Kirby 90).

Booked: Thompson

Subs not used: Dodoo, Sorensen, Shaw, Mafoumbi (GK).

Attendance: 27,580


Hebburn out of FA Vase with West Auckland defeat

Builbase FA Vase Fifth Round

Hebburn Town 0-2 West Auckland

Donaghy og 18 Purewal 52

Hebburn crashed out of the FA Vase with a disappointing 2-0 defeat against West Auckland yesterday.

A Jack Donaghy own goal put the visitors in front early in the first half before Amar Purewal’s second half goal doubled their lead and secured the victory.

The rearranged game was played in blustery conditions at The Energy Check Sports Ground and West Auckland got the better of them.

Hebburn started the game fairly well and came close nine minutes in when Robbie Spence’s long range effort was pushed wide and Luke Sullivan’s rebound went straight at the keeper.

Just nine minutes later, West Auckland had the lead when Adam Burnicle’s cross was miss-hit by Donaghy into his own net.

The visitors almost doubled their lead when Purewal’s diving header from a corner went just wide in the 21st minute and then 12 minutes later Burnicle’s free header following a good ball on the left went over the bar.

It took West only seven minutes into the second half to extend their lead when David Dowson played through Purewal who made a great run beating two before burying the ball past Andrew Jennison in the bottom-left corner.

Seven minutes later, Burnicle’s effort went straight at Jennison following a poorly defended corner.

Hebburn came close through Michael Richardson in the 77th minute when his long range free kick was tipped over, and then in added time captain Louis Storey’s effort on the edge of the box was pushed wide by Shane Bland.

West Auckland nearly settled proceedings in the fourth minute of added time through Dowson following good work on the left by Purewal and Lewis Dodds but his strike was pushed wide by Jennison.

West Auckland will face Chertsey at home in the quarter final in two weeks time.

Hebburn Town: Jennison, Gilhespy, Storey (capt), Donaghy (Chow 56), Shaw, Dibb-Fuller (Smith 72), Stephenson, Spence, Sullivan (Robson 65), Richardson, Armstrong.

Booked: Donaghy and Sullivan

Subs not used: Hubery and Wallace

West Auckland: Bland, Hegarty, Hunter, Colquhoun, Price, Francis, Portas, Dodds, Purewal, Burnicle, Dowson.

Booked: Portas

Subs not used: Morris, Cobain, Connor, Heaney, Coulson.

Attendance: 1,310


Sunderland edge AFC Wimbledon in scrappy encounter


Sky Bet League 1

Sunderland 1-0 AFC Wimbledon

McGeady 67

Sunderland edged AFC Wimbledon in a scrappy encounter at the Stadium of Light today with a 1-0 victory.

Aiden McGeady scored the only goal of the game for the Black Cats.

Ahead of the game, Sunderland sat in fifth place in League 1 while AFC Wimbledon were at the foot of the table.

It was a lively start to proceedings, and Sunderland came close five minutes in when George Honeyman turned and fired just wide from the edge of the box.

Two minutes later, Wimbledon could’ve had the lead when Anthony Wordsworth found Jon McLaughlin off his line, but his extremely long range effort was just kept out by the retreating keeper.

Debutant Lewis Morgan came close for the hosts in the ninth minute when his shot on the edge of the box went just wide.

The visitors may have felt hard done by 15 minutes later when their free kick was poorly defended and the ball bounced off Will Nightingale before going wide.

Chances were few and far between after that until in the 67th minute Sunderland took the lead when McGeady cut in on the left after a great long ball by Adam Matthews, and hit it in the top-right corner beating the keeper.

It was a tense final ten minutes to the game, and Wimbledon came closest in the 84th minute when Scott Wagstaff cut into the box from the left and his weak effort was pushed to the left by McLaughlin.

Five minutes later, McGeady nearly put the game to bed for Sunderland when he cut in from the right but his shot was well saved to the left.

At the death, the visitors’ final chance came when Terell Thomas shot into the side netting.

The result means Jack Ross’ side move up to fourth in the League 1 table.

Sunderland: McLaughlin, Matthews, Dunne, Flanagan, James, Power, Leadbitter, Morgan (Watmore 83), Honeyman (O’Nien 65), McGeady, Wyke (Sterling 59).

Booked: Leadbitter

Subs not used: Maguire, McGeouch, Ruiter (GK), Baldwin.

AFC Wimbledon: Ramsdale, Watson (Sibbick 69), Thomas, Oshilaja, Seddon, Nightingale, Wordsworth, Connolly (Jervis 67), Wagstaff, Pinnock (Pigott 75), Appiah.

Booked: Oshilaja, Seddon, Wordsworth.

Subs not used: Hartigan, McDonnell, McDonald, McLoughlin.

Attendance: 30,424

Newcastle Benfield and Hebburn share points in exciting encounter

Ebac Northern League Division 1

Newcastle Benfield 2-2 Hebburn Town

Knight 56 Orrell 78       Sullivan 31 pen, 90

It was honours even at Sam Smith’s Park as Newcastle Benfield and Hebburn shared the points in the Northern League Division 1 on Saturday.

Luke Sullivan put the Hornets in front from the spot in the first half before being pegged back by second half goals from Dennis Knight and Jake Orrell for the hosts.

Sullivan was on hand again to grab the equaliser at the death.

Hebburn made a good start to the game and they thought they were in front just eight minutes in when Sullivan buried the ball past the keeper following a great ball by Ben Dibb-Fuller, but it was ruled offside.

Chances were few and far between after that until the visitors got a penalty in the 31st minute as Dan Groves was brought down in the box. Sullivan stepped up and placed the ball into the bottom-right corner beating the keeper.

Newcastle Benfield piled on the pressure after that and came close five minutes later when Orrell’s long range effort went just wide.

Benfield came close again in the 39th minute when Scott McCarthy headed just over from a corner.

On the brink of half time, Reece Noble and James Novak had shots blocked for the hosts.

Their pressure continued in the second half, and Benfield grabbed an equaliser in the 56th minute when Knight blasted a shot on the edge of the box with some help from Hebburn keeper Andrew Jennison on the way in.

Three minutes later, Graeme Armstrong headed just over on the end of Lewis Suddick’s cross for the visitors.

Benfield came close again in the 62nd minute when Paul Brayson’s free kick looped just over the bar.

Six minutes later, Brayson had a shot that went just wide after a great ball in from Orrell.

In the 78th minute, the hosts took the lead when Knight’s long range effort was parried by Jennison and Orrell put away the rebound.

12 minutes later, Hebburn equalised when Scott Wallace headed forward and Michael Richardson then played through Sullivan who beat his man and buried the ball past the keeper in the bottom-left corner.

Up next for the Hornets is West Auckland at home in the FA Vase 5th round.

Newcastle Benfield: Grainger, Evans, Nisbet (Thompson 45), Novak, Martin, Noble, McCarthy, Pearson, Knight (Holmes 81), Orrell, Brayson.

Booked: Knight

Subs not used: Shepherd, Turnbull, Slaughter.

Hebburn Town: Jennison, Groves, Gilhespy, Donaghy, Shaw, Suddick (Kerr 67), Richardson, Stephenson (Wallace 71), Dibb-Fuller (Chow 79), Sullivan, Armstrong.

Booked: Groves, Richardson, Kerr, Dibb-Fuller.

Subs not used: Malley and Blackburn.

Attendance: 175


Sunderland through to semi-finals after Manchester City U21s victory


Checkatrade Trophy Quarter Final

Sunderland 2-0 Manchester City U21s

Watmore 22

Gooch 65

Sunderland got a step closer to Wembley with a 2-0 win over Manchester City U21s on a cold Tuesday night at the Stadium of Light.

Duncan Watmore and Lynden Gooch scored either side of half time in order to secure the win for Jack Ross’ side.

It was a fairly quiet start to the game, before City came close in the 14th minute when Benjamin Garre cut in on the left and his shot across goal went just wide of the mark.

Eight minutes later, Sunderland took the lead when Dylan McGeouch’s shot was blocked and Watmore was there to blast the rebound past the keeper in the bottom-left corner.

Watmore could’ve had his second of the night in the 27th minute when he cut through on goal but his effort was kept out by the keeper.

Five minutes later, Bryan Oviedo hit the crossbar to the right from a free kick.

Sunderland’s dominance continued after the break and they came close in the 57th minute when Watmore worked well on the left before he gave it to Luke O’Nien whose shot went just wide.

City had a rare chance two minutes later when Tom Dele-Bashiru fired just wide of the mark from close range.

The hosts’ second goal came in the 65th minute as Adam Matthews worked well with Gooch on the right before the latter buried it into the bottom-left corner from long range.

Two minutes later, O’Nien almost made it three when his shot was just stopped on the line by keeper Daniel Grimshaw following a great ball in from the right.

Chances were few and far between after that, but at the death Sunderland substitute Lee Connelly’s effort was pushed just wide after a great ball in from Oviedo.

Next up for Sunderland is AFC Wimbledon at home on Saturday 2nd February.

Sunderland: Ruiter, Matthews, Ozturk, Baldwin, Oviedo, Cattermole (Robson 76), McGeouch, Watmore (Gooch 61), O’Nien, Maguire, Mbunga-Kimpioka (Connelly 89).

Booked: Cattermole

Subs not used: Flanagan, James, Stryjek and Neill

Manchester City U21s: Grimshaw, Harwood-Bellis, Frimpong, Ogbeta (Dionkou 45), Dele-Bashiru, Doyle (Bernabe 75), Rosler (capt), Pozo La Rosa, Garre, Braaf, Zoubdi Touaizi (Knight 78).

Booked: Ogbeta, Pozo La Rosa, Braaf.

Subs not used: Moulden, Wilson, Ogunby, McDonald.

Attendance: 14,679