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City draw with League One Sunderland

By Bradley Saxton | 21st July 2021
Match Result
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LNER Community Stadium
Wednesday 21st Jul - 19:00

Peter Jameson saved an 87th minute penalty to deny Sunderland recording a victory at the LNER Community Stadium, as both sides battled out a 1-1 draw in a pre-season friendly.

Dan Neil’s goal on the half-hour mark gave Sunderland the lead at the break, before Kurt Willoughby scored seven minutes after his introduction at half time to level the game for the Minstermen. Jameson fouled Sunderland substitute Benji Empioka with four minutes remaining on the clock in the penalty area, before he made amends by keeping out the effort from the penalty spot.

Steve Watson’s side came into this fixture off the back of Sunday’s impressive 1-0 win over Premier League side Newcastle. The York boss made three changes from last weekend’s win, as Michael Woods, Jason Gilchrist and Trialist A all came in to replace Akil Wright, Kurt Willoughby and Patrick McLaughlin.

Lee Johnson’s side had already participated in two pre-season games prior to this game just like the Minstermen, with their most recent game coming as a 2-0 win in Scotland over Heart of Midlothian on Saturday.

Sunderland started the game as the stronger side, testing the City defence on several occasions. Lynden Gooch’s left-footed curling effort forced Ryan Whitley into a smart save after five minutes, before Aiden McGeady had a 20 yard shot deflected out for a corner by the head of Sean Newton.

The League One side were presented with a huge chance to score the game’s first goal after 19 minutes when Ross Stewart got onto the end of a pass-back from City before pulling the ball back for Corry Evans, but the midfielder’s effort was met by a smart save from Whitley.

The away side did take the lead though after 29 minutes when Neil tapped home from close-range into the bottom-right corner, after a brilliant turn and cut back from McGeady on the left-hand side.

City had to wait until after the half-hour mark to record their first shot of the game. Mackenzie Heaney did brilliantly to find himself to turn and run down the left wing before squaring to Olly Dyson. The young midfielder had time to take a touch and shoot, but he sent a low effort wide of Lee Burge’s left-hand post.

Trialist B had a header deflected wide from a Heaney corner for the Minstermen, before Whitley was forced into another fine save, keeping a close-range effort from Stewart out on the volley just before the break.

At half time, Steve Watson made five changes to his York side, with Peter Jameson, Matty Brown, Akil Wright, Paddy McLaughlin and Kurt Willoughby all coming into the action to try and get the home side back into the game.

The substitutions instantly made an impact as the home side found their way back into the game after 52 minutes through Willoughby as he smashed home from close-range, after Trialist B’s initial header was kept out by the post from a Heaney free-kick.

Scott Barrow tested the hands of the Sunderland goalkeeper on 56 minutes with a fierce 30 yard drive, before Stewart wasted a chance for the visitors, blazing over the bar from the edge of the area minutes later.

McGeady had an effort kept out for the away side by the hands of Jameson and the post, before he had another curling effort kept out by the Minstermen substitute goalkeeper with twenty minutes left to go on the clock.

Willoughby had a chance to win the game for the Minstermen on 83 minutes, but he headed just over the bar after a brilliant run and cross down the right wing by Trialist B.

Referee Ross Joyce awarded Sunderland a penalty four minutes from time after Jameson had appeared to foul substitute Kimpioka. The attacker stepped up himself but the City goalkeeper guessed the right way, diving to his right to keep the scores at 1-1.

The match finished as a draw, with both managers being able to take positives out of the game from their side’s performances. The Minstermen face another high-profile side next Tuesday (7:00pm kick off) and will welcome Neil Warnock’s Middlesbrough to the LNER Community Stadium

York City: Whitley (Jameson 45’), Duckworth, King (Degruchy 62’), Newton (Brown 45’), Barrow, Dyson (Trialist C 60’), Woods (Wright 45’), Trialist A (McLaughlin 45’), Heaney, Trialist B, Gilchrist (Willoughby 45’)

Unused Subs: Jones

Sunderland: Burge, Younger, Dyce (Kimpioka 79’), Evans (Hawkes 61’), Doyle (Richardson 61’), Flanagan, McGeady (Newall 79’), Neil, Embleton, Stewart (O’Brien 61’), Gooch (Diamond 24’)

Unused Subs: Patterson, Taylor, Wilding


Attendance: 2,000 (14,231 peak live viewers on YouTube)

Referee: Ross Joyce

Man of the Match: Scott Barrow

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