Craig Lynch

Lynch savours derby goal

by Stuart Vose

U21 forward on late strike.

Craig Lynch reaped the benefits of shooting more often by notching a last-gasp equaliser in the under-21 derby against Newcastle last night.

The forward, who has returned from a loan spell at Hartlepool, struck late at the Stadium of Light as he curled a fine shot into the corner of Jak Alnwick’s goal to secure a 2-2 draw.

“It’s about time,” he said afterwards. “I should really try to be more selfish and when I got within shooting distance I thought I’d have a go at the last minute.

“Fortunately it went in and it was a good finish in the end so I was happy with it.”

Nile Ranger had given the visitors an early lead before Connor Wickham poked home Roarie Deacon’s cross to level.

Bradden Inman restored Newcastle’s advantage and Sunderland captain Adam Reed missed a penalty before Lynch levelled late on.

And the product of Sunderland’s Academy system felt the hosts were unlucky not to take more from the game.

“It was tough playing against Nile Ranger," he added. "I thought we handled things well though and we could have won.

“On another day the penalty would have hit the inside of the post and gone in rather than rolling across the goal and away.”