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Magpies under-21s drawn against Sunderland in Checkatrade Trophy last 16

Written by Dan King

Newcastle United's under-21s will make the short trip to Sunderland in the last 16 of the Checkatrade Trophy.

The draw was made on Saturday afternoon and the young Magpies were paired against their local rivals, who are currently challenging for promotion from League One.

Ben Dawson's under-21 side are one of only three Academy teams to reach the last 16 after beating Doncaster Rovers (3-1), Notts County (2-0) and Grimsby Town (3-2) in the group stages before overcoming Macclesfield Town on penalties after a 1-1 draw in round two.

Jack Ross' Black Cats, meanwhile, drew 0-0 with Stoke City's under-21s in their first group game before beating Carlisle United 3-1 and Morecambe 1-0 to secure qualification from Group A. They then beat Notts County 2-0 in the second round.

Last 16 ties will be played in the week commencing 7th January 2019. Ticket news will be announced in due course.

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