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Premier League Cup
Monday 13 December 2021

Sunderland U23 1-1 Mansfield U23
Tyrese Dyce 66. Josh Scott 57
Attendance: 145

played at Eppleton

Mansfield Town U23:
Turner, Anderson, Nartey, Collins, Burke, Ward, Carter, Caine (Kruszyski 73), Gale (Deakin 66), Sinclair (Bouch 90), Scott. Subs not used: Avery, Whelan


NIgel Clough told iFollow Stags about the game:

“It was good to get people a game who needed one.

“Richard Nartey was the main one. He hadn't played for 10 and a half weeks. So to get him on the pitch and get him 90 minutes was very important.

“James Gale had 65 minutes but got a knock and Tyrese Sinclair got nearly 90 minutes in, Ryan Burke as well.

“So, apart from Harry Charsley, all those from the bench on Saturday played.

“Jason Law returned a positive lateral flow test just before they got on the bus yesterday so he missed out.

“But we had some good youngsters from the academy playing as well and it was a good experience for them against a pretty strong Sunderland team.

“Tyrese did get hurt near the end but he is walking round okay this morning. It was just an impact injury - a sort of knee on knee clash. But he should be okay.”


Sunderland U23 1-1 Mansfield U23: Tyrese Dyce earns a point in Premier League Cup
Tyrese Dyce scored Sunderland's equaliser as the Black Cats secured a point in the Premier League Cup

chroniclelive.co.uk, By James Hunter, 13 DEC 2021

Tyrese Dyce salvaged a point for Sunderland U23 against Mansfield Town as the Black Cats climbed off the foot of Group E.


Sunderland were the better side throughout, but trailed to Josh Scott's goal just before the hour.

Dyce levelled for the Wearsiders midway through the second half, but despite fashioning a series of chances they were unable to complete the turnaround at Eppleton.

A point apiece was enough to lift both Sunderland and Mansfield above Leeds United, who are now bottom of the group, although the Yorkshire side have a game in hand of both.

Wigan top the group with nine points, Mansfield and Sunderland are second and third with four points and the Stags above the Black Cats on goal difference, and Leeds have three points.

Michael Proctor and Mike Dodds' Sunderland side included three players who have been on the bench at first team level in recent weeks, with Ollie Younger, Benji Kimpioka, and Cieran Dunne all starting.

The Black Cats dominated the first half and, while clear-cut chances were few and far between, they carved out the better opportunities.

Stephen Wearne brought a good save out of Louie Turner inside the first three minutes, with the Stags keeper pushing the ball round the post after Wearne had worked space to shoot inside the box.

Kimpioka drove a free-kick from just outside the box into the Mansfield wall, while just after the half-hour Tyrese Dyce had a shot blocked inside the six-yard area when the ball was cut back into his path.

Mansfield had a couple of chances, with Keaton Ward firing over the bar after James Gale's initial shot had been blocked on the line following a corner, and then Tyrese Sinclair sent a long-range free-kick straight at Jack McIntyre who made a routine save.

Sunderland should have gone in front within a couple of minutes of the second half getting under way when Dyce teed-up Wearne six yards out, but he somehow sent his shot over the bar.

But instead it was the visitors who took the lead on 57 minutes, as a low cross from the right was finished at the near post by Scott, with keeper McIntyre given no chance.

Kimpioka then had a fantastic chance to level within two minutes when Wearne's square pass found him unmarked inside the area just to the left of centre.

He controlled the ball and tried to bend his shot inside the far post, but centre-back Richard Nartey got back to head off the line.

Sunderland did get the goal they deserved on 66 minutes, when Dunne's cross from the left was headed down by Dyce at the far post and, after a scramble, Dyce forced the ball home from close range.

Tom Scott saw a shot from the edge of the box saved at the second attempt by Turner, but Sunderland were unable to apply any sustained pressure in the final 15 minutes.

And they almost threw the game away in injury time when Mansfield sub Jack Deakin raced to the edge of the box, but his powerful shot was beaten away by McIntyre.

How they lined up
Sunderland U23: McIntyre, Kachosa, Jessup, Younger, Dunne, Scott, Wilding, Dyce, Sohna, Kimpioka, Wearne (Steels 72). Subs not used: Carney, Kelly, Johnson, Newall

Booked: Kimpioka, Younger, Kachosa

Mansfield Town U23: Turner, Anderson, Nartey, Collins, Burke, Ward, Carter, Caine (Kruszyski 73), Gale (Deakin 66), Sinclair (Bouch 90), Scott. Subs not used: Avery, Whelan

Booked: Scott, Sinclair, Burke, Nartey, Carter

Referee: Matthew Dicicco (North Yorkshire)

Attendance: 145


Young Lads draw with Mansfield
safc.com, 13 December 2021

Sunderland AFC U23 1-1 Mansfield Town U23

Sunderland Under-23s came from behind to earn a point in the Premier League Cup group stage on Monday night, as Mansfield Town visited in the fourth matchday of Group E.


Tyrese Dyce netted the all-important equaliser after Joshua Scott's opener for the Stags - the young Lads now sit level with Mansfield on four points from four games, with remaining clashes with Wigan Athletic and Leeds United.

With Will Harris and Ellis Taylor sidelined and Patrick Almond suspended, Stephen Wearne led the line up top whilst Cameron Jessup partnered Ollie Younger in the heart of the defence. Sam Wilding captained the side, with Jack McIntyre selected to start in goal.

Wearne's fourth-minute effort, saved by Louie Turner after beating two players, along with a free-kick struck into the wall by Benji Kimpioka were the only chances of note in the early stages, before McIntyre was called into action to take in a free-kick of Mansfield's own - Tyrese Sinclair with the effort just before the break.

Opportunities on goal picked up as the second half went on, Wearne firing over from inside the area just 90 seconds after the restart, and Kimpioka's shot from 10 yards being headed clear on the line from Richard Nartey.

The opening goal arrived after 57 minutes - Sinclair's ball across from the right was merely hesitated towards by the Sunderland defence, allowing Scott to steal in at the near post and fire the visitors in front.

But the lead only lasted moments, as Dyce rediscovered his goalscoring touch to smash home from a goalmouth scramble - the goal which would prove crucial to the current outlook on the group table.

As both sides sought the win, Tom Scott forced Turner into a smart save with a stern effort from 20 yards out, before substitute Vinnie Steels arrowed a shot wide under pressure just inside the box.

Mansfield saw one final chance go amiss with seconds to spare after Jack Deakin had won possession and got a strike away, only to be thwarted by McIntyre.

The U23s return to Eppleton this Friday in Premier League 2 action, taking on Aston Villa - who the young Lads have already beaten at Bodymoor Heath this season, a Harris hat-trick securing a 3-2 win.

SUNDERLAND AFC: McIntyre; Kachosa, Jessup, Younger, Dunne; Wilding (c), Sohna; Kimpioka, Scott, Dyce; Wearne (Steels 72').

Subs not used: Carney, Kelly, Johnson, Newall.



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