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Sunderland U21s v Notts County

9 November 2016

Sunderland U21s 2-1 Notts County

Notts County exited the Checkatrade Trophy following a 2-1 defeat against Sunderland U21s at the Stadium of Light.
Adam Campbell had given the Magpies the lead with his sixth goal of the season but Josh Maya equalised and Haydn Hollis' own goal late on meant Notts did not progress from Group F.

John Sheridan made seven changes from the team which started the Emirates FA Cup tie at Boreham Wood with only Hollis, Louis Laing, Carl Dickinson and Matt Tootle retaining their places.

The hosts were the first to threaten as Rees Greenwood and George Honeyman both curled the ball wide from the edge of the penalty area before Notts' Genaro Snijders hit an effort straight at Vito Mannone.

Scott Loach then had to be alert to deny Honeyman inside the area, racing off his line to thwart the young attacker's effort, before Graham Burke brought a sprawling save from Mannone with a curling effort from 25 yards.

From the resultant corner, Burke's cross almost found Richard Duffy free at the far post but the ball was just out of the defender's reach.

Alan Smith came closest to opening the scoring in a goalless first half with a tremendous 15-yard diving header from Elliott Hewitt's cross which Mannone just managed to tip over the bar.

At the start of the second half, County were on the front foot and saw Hollis force Mannone into more action, firing at the goalkeeper from close range with Dickinson blasting the rebound into the side-netting.

A minute later Notts had the lead through Campbell. The former Newcastle United striker finished superbly, hooking the ball into the far corner from six yards.

Smith had a chance to double the lead from a rapid counter-attack after Burke stole the ball from Joshua Robson and combined with Campbell. The veteran was denied by Mannone's legs as the ball dropped agonisingly wide of the post.

Greenwood and Donald Love curled wide from range before the Black Cats found an equaliser from substitute Maya, who finished coolly through the legs of Loach to level up the match.

The young striker had an opportunity to double his tally for the night when he found himself one-on-one with Loach but the goalkeeper made himself big to deny the attacker.

However, Sunderland would grab their winner from the corner as Sebastian Larsson's wicked cross was diverted into his own net by Hollis.

Notts thought they could have had a penalty when substitute Jonathan Forte went down inside the area in stoppage time but referee Ross Joyce waved away the protests as the Magpies missed out on passage to the second round.

Notts: Loach; Laing, Duffy, Hollis, Dickinson; Snijders (Forte, 90), Hewitt, Tootle, Burke (Milsom, 82); Smith (Oliver, 77), Campbell.

Subs not used: Collin, Richards, Aborah, O'Connor.

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