Derby clash draw for young­sters

Sunday Sun - - Football -

NEW­CAS­TLE United have been handed a pow­der keg draw in the Check­a­trade Tro­phy third round – af­ter draw­ing bit­ter ri­vals Sun­der­land at the Sta­dium of Light.

United’s Un­der-21s will be fac­ing Sun­der­land’s first team with the Black Cats ex­pected to play a full-strength team due to their third flight sta­tus.

Al­though, Ben Daw­son’s side are per­mit­ted to play two se­nior play­ers in their line-up if they please – some­thing they have opted against in the com­pe­ti­tion so far this sea­son.

Not that they’ve needed them af­ter top­ping their group af­ter wins over Don­caster Rovers, Notts County and Grimsby Town be­fore beat­ing Mac­cles­field Town on penal­ties at St James’ Park to set up a North East derby.

New­cas­tle’s re­serves have al­ready ham­mered Sun­der­land’s sec­ond string 5-0 this sea­son, and they dumped the Wear­siders out of the Pre­mier League In­ter­na­tional Cup last term.

But this will be a much harder test against the League One pro­mo­tion hope­fuls.

The game will take place in early Jan­uary and should at­tract a big crowd.

Sky Sports don’t usu­ally screen live games until the semi-fi­nals but may yet be in­ter­ested in a game that will cap­ture the me­dia’s at­ten­tion.

New­cas­tle striker Elias Sorensen

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