The FA Cup - First Round
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Sunderland narrowly beat League Two Port Vale to progress to the second round of the FA Cup.

The Black Cats raced into a two-goal lead thanks to George Honeyman's well-taken strike after just 38 seconds before Lynden Gooch scored their second with a low effort after 19 minutes.

Vale got back in the game before the break when veteran striker Tom Pope showed good composure to slot in.

Honeyman could have wrapped up the win but his effort was well kept out by home keeper Scott Brown before Pope nearly scrambled in a late equaliser.

Victory meant the League One side, playing in this round of the competition for the first time since 1987, avoided being knocked out in the first round for the first time since the 1923-24 season.

Line-ups

Port Vale

  • 1Brown
  • 23Clark
  • 5Legge
  • 15Smith
  • 13Rawlinson
  • 21VassellSubstituted forOyelekeat 30'minutes
  • 11Hannant
  • 4JoyceBooked at 67mins
  • 22ConlonSubstituted forMontañoat 71'minutes
  • 24WhitfieldSubstituted forMillerat 80'minutes
  • 9Pope

Substitutes

  • 3Montaño
  • 6Kay
  • 8Oyeleke
  • 10Miller
  • 12Hornby
  • 19Dodds
  • 25Hardcastle

Sunderland

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 2Matthews
  • 12Flanagan
  • 15Baldwin
  • 16James
  • 8McGeouch
  • 10Honeyman
  • 11GoochSubstituted forO'Nienat 81'minutes
  • 7MaguireSubstituted forPowerat 71'minutes
  • 19McGeadyBooked at 49mins
  • 17SinclairSubstituted forMajaat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Oviedo
  • 4Loovens
  • 5Ozturk
  • 13O'Nien
  • 20Maja
  • 25Ruiter
  • 27Power
Referee:
Anthony Backhouse
Attendance:
7,238

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamSunderland
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home11
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home7
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Port Vale 1, Sunderland 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Port Vale 1, Sunderland 2.

  3. Post update

    Jack Baldwin (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Leon Legge (Port Vale).

  5. Post update

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Leon Legge.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Leon Legge (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Pope with a headed pass.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Luke O'Nien (Sunderland).

  8. Post update

    Manny Oyeleke (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    George Honeyman (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Cristian Montaño (Port Vale).

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tom Pope (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cristian Montaño (Port Vale) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Luke Hannant with a cross.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Sunderland. Luke O'Nien replaces Lynden Gooch.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Port Vale. Ricky Miller replaces Ben Whitfield.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. George Honeyman (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Aiden McGeady with a cross.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Lynden Gooch (Sunderland).

  17. Post update

    Mitchell Clark (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Connell Rawlinson.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Aiden McGeady (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by George Honeyman.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Mitchell Clark.

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