(after extra-time – Fulham win 4-1 on penalties)
DESPITE coming twice from behind to level, Sunderland finally lost to Fulham in a penalty shoot-out in their group play-off last night at Motspur Park.
The visitors took an early lead in the ninth minute. A poor defensive header fell to Craig Lynch and the striker curled the ball immaculately into the top corner.
Fulham came back strongly, and the Black Cats had to thank goalkeeper Lewis King for five magnificent saves before the break.
The Londoners made it 2-1 early in the second half, but Kevin Ball’s side hit back to level on the hour, Lynch again playing in Jordan Laidler for the striker to finish well.
It was still 2-2 as the game went into extra-time. Again the Cottagers took the lead, but Sunderland fought back to equalise for the second time when Honeyman fed Alex Gorrin, who blasted home from 25 yards.
It was still 3-3 at the final whistle, but the resulting penalty shoot-out went Fulham’s way.
The hosts scored four times to Laidler’s lone success for Sunderland.
SUNDERLAND: King, Marrs, Egan, Laing, Adams, Gorrin, Knott (Honeyman 91), Armstrong, Elliott (Mitchell 45), Lynch, Laidler.