Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Black Cats Fail to Get Trophy Bid off to Flyer; THE MATCH: Rochdale 1 Sunderland U23 1 (Rochdale Win 4-2 on Penalties)

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Black Cats Fail to Get Trophy Bid off to Flyer; THE MATCH: Rochdale 1 Sunderland U23 1 (Rochdale Win 4-2 on Penalties)

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Byline: James Hunter at Rochdale Twitter: @JHUNTERCHRON

SUNDERLAND'S Checkatrade Trophy campaign began with a defeat, as they lost 4-2 on penalties at Rochdale.

The teams finished level at 1-1 after 90 minutes, with Elliot Embleton's opener for the Black Cats early in the second half cancelled out just before the hour by Ian Henderson.

And despite the League One side creating the better chances in the final half-hour, the sides could not be split in normal time.

With no draws in the competition, the game went to a penalty shootout and Sunderland failed twice from the spot, with George Honeyman sending his penalty over the bar while skipper Tommy Robson saw his effort saved by Josh Lillis.

Max Stryjek saved from Harrison McGahey, but substitute Samni Odelusi scored the decisive spot-kick. The group format of this stage means Sunderland can still progress, and their next game is at Hartlepool.

Robbie Stockdale named a young side, with only 25-year-old Jan Kirchhoff - making his return from a preseason hamstring injury - qualifying as a senior player under the competition rules, which allow for a maximum of five player over the age of 21 in the starting line-up.

But Kirchhoff was not the only first-teamer on show, with 21-yearold deadline day loan signing from Manchester City Jason Denayer making his debut at centre-back.

Sunderland's starting XI contained six teenagers, including two 17-yearolds in Embleton and Josh Maja. Rochdale dominated possession in the first half and Sunderland's Polish youth international Stryjek was by far the busier of the two goalkeepers.

The 20-year-old was down smartly to his left to push away a header from Peter Vincenti inside the first five minutes, after the midfielder had been picked out by Henderson's left-wing cross.

Midway through the half, Callum Camps raced away down the right before playing the ball inside to Henderson arriving on the edge of the area but he chose power over placement and his shot flew into the sidenetting to the right of goal.

And seven minutes from the break, Stryjek flung himself to his right to punch away a 30-yard freekick from Camps. …

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