Date: 12th August 2018 at 9:34am
Written by:
Luton Town
1 – 1
Sunderland

Kenilworth Road

League One

11/08/2018 3:00 pm

Attendance: 10059

Referee: Craig Breakspear

Luton Town Sunderland
Pearson (67) Maja (45)
Stech McLaughlin
Stacey Matthews
 
Sheehan Baldwin
 
Pearson Loovens
 
Potts Oviedo
Grant
 
66 Mumba 54
McCormack
 
Honeyman
Lee 89 Power
Mpanzu Gooch 92
Hylton Maja 85
Collins 87 Maguire

Substitutes

Justin Ozturk
Bradley Cattermole 54
Shinnie O'Nien 85
Cornick 66 Ruiter
Jervis 89 Embleton
Rea 87 Hume
Shea Molyneux 92

Game Statistics

8 Goal attempts 8
1 On Target 2
6 Corners 9
16 Fouls 17
2 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
49 % 51

The spoils were shared, at Kenilworth Road, in an entertaining clash between Luton Town and Sunderland.

In front of a capacity crowd of over 10,000, the first half was competitive although, it’s fair to say, there were very few clear-cut chances engineered.

However, the Hatters did have the majority of the possession which made it even more disappointing that they were to go into the break a goal down.

The goal came in the 45th minute when Lynden Gooch threaded the ball through for Josh Maja to score with a crisp shot into the bottom corner of the net.

Sunderland, inspired by the goal, opened the second half as the better team and Gooch almost doubled their lead when Marek Stech let a shot slip through his hands but thankfully it went over the bar.

Midway through the half, and probably against the run of play, the Hatters equalised.

The goal came from a corner taken short and when Alan Sheehan’s pass found Matty Pearson, in the box, the summer signing made no mistake with his shot, resulting in Kenilworth Road erupting.

Both sides went looking for the winner, Sunderland came close when an effort from Chris Maguire slammed against the crossbar and late on the Hatters missed two good chances to snatch victory when Danny Hylton headed wide from a good position and Dan Potts headed over in stoppage time.

One point out of the six available is the Hatters return so far, things can only get better.

 

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