Colin Larkin's terrific penalty kick won the match for RCA.
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For Connor Lamb's match report please click here.
Goal scorers - Sunderland RCA: Swansbury; Larkin. Sunderland AFC: Connelly.
Sunderland RCA began the first of three important cup ties tonight, with Sunderland AFC under-23s the visitors to Meadow Park for a Durham County Challenge Cup, First Round match.
RCA made three changes to the side which drew, 2-2, with Consett on Saturday - in came John Jury, Dominic Moan and Mark Davison, for Sam Lilley, Dylan Elliott and Michael Charlton. Recent signing Thomas McAloon took a place on the bench.
The two sides lined up as follows:
Sunderland RCA: Tsapalos; Jury; McNab; Preston; Swansbury (c); Hodgson; Moan; Page; O'Neill; Davison; Larkin. Subs: Charlton; Lilley; McAloon; Armstrong; Kyle Davis.
Sunderland AFC: Patterson; Hunter; Young; Bale; Storey; Brotherton; Connelly; Connolly; Diamond; Hackett; Kokolo. Subs: Bainbridge; Johnstone; Taylor; Best; Neil.