Papa John’s Trophy: Quarter-Final evaluation

Just 4 teams stay on this season’s Papa John’s Trophy, with Sunderland, Oxford united, Tranmere Rovers and Lincoln City just one recreation away from a Wembley Final.

Right here’s a roundup of all of the Quarter-Final motion because it occurred earlier this week…  

MK Dons 0-3 Sunderland AFC

2019 Finalists Sunderland booked their place within the Semi-Finals with an emphatic 3-0 win over League One counterparts MK Dons. High quality in entrance of goal was the distinction as late goals from Aiden McGeady and Charlie Wyke constructed on an early-own goal from Dean Lewington, on what was a moist night time in Milton Keynes. A strong defensive performance from Luke O’Nien and some essential response saves from Remi Matthews within the Sunderland goal noticed the Black Cats maintain a clear sheet and see out the sport. 

Oxford United 3-1 AFC Wimbledon

Oxford United look unstoppable within the league on the moment, and Karl Robinson’s side carried their glorious latest league type into the Papa John’s Trophy. Victory over AFC Wimbledon noticed the U’s declare a club-record ninth straight victory to achieve the final 4 of the competition, due to a Sam Winnall double and a Mide Shadipo long-range effort. Finalists in each 2016 and 2017, the U’s know what it takes to get to the Semi-Finals and past, and Karl Robinson will little question have one eye on Wembley along with his side now being just one recreation away. 

Tranmere Rovers 2-1 Peterborough United

In-form Tranmere Rovers continue to fly the flag for Sky Bet League Two within the competition this season, with victory over Peterborough United to achieve the last 4. With Darren Ferguson’s males flying excessive in League One, Keith Hill’s side had been underdogs going into the sport, however a superb free-kick from former Posh man Danny Lloyd and a late header from Paul Lewis sent Rovers via to the Semi-Finals. 

Hull City 1-1 Lincoln City 

(Lincoln win 4-3 on penalties)

Arguably the tie of the round as League One’s top two went head-to-head for a spot within the Semi-Finals. Winners of the competition in 2018, Lincoln City have eyes on the trophy as soon as extra and are just one recreation away from Wembley Stadium following a penalty shootout victory over League One leaders Hull City. Harry Anderson gave the Imps and early lead, with Greg Docherty levelling with a superb solo effort on the hour mark. With the sport level at full-time, it was all the way down to penalties, and three days after missing two penalties within the league against Doncaster Rovers, Michael Appleton’s side bounced back to win the shootout 4-3, with goalkeeper Alex palmer making three saves. 

Particulars for the Semi-Final draw will likely be introduced on Thursday. 

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