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Sunderland Men’s 3rds complete outstanding comeback in 7-goal thriller

Four goals in the closing 30 minutes saw Sunderland secure a 4-3 win after being 3-0 down.

Sunderland Men’s 3rds went into their fixture against Hull Men’s 4ths with confidence, following their 6-0 victory over York St John Men’s 4ths in their last home match.

Hull started the game strong, forcing two good saves from Sunderland’s keeper within the first minute.

Sunderland then began to dominate the game, however they were unable to convert any of the chances they created and they were punished when Hull scored in the 34th minute and they went 1-0 down.

Hull should have made it 2-0 minutes later, when their number 13 had a tap-in, but decided to pass the ball back across the box and allowed Sunderland to clear it, leaving it at 1-0 to the visitors going into the second half.

Against the run of play, with Sunderland still having all the possession, Hull broke away on two occasions and scored twice within the opening 10 minutes of the second half, putting Sunderland 3-0 down, but Joel Bennett pulled one back for the home side in the 62nd minute.

Five minutes later, a free-kick to Sunderland resulted in the ball being parried into the six-yard box and captain Danny Jackson-Brown scoring the second rebound. Shortly after, Bennett scored his second of the game after the ball deflected off him to make it 3-3.

Sunderland narrowly escaped conceding again when Hull won the ball off the keeper just outside the edge of the box, and missed an open goal.

In the 75th minute, the home team were awarded a penalty, which was confidently converted by Madjid Haine, and completed Sunderland’s comeback.

The dying minutes of the game saw Hull break away with five-on-three, but Sunderland defended well and secured the win.