The Newcastle first team may not have attacked the way Kevin Keegan would have liked last Saturday against Bolton, but the Reserves tonight were impressive, as they beat Middlesbrough 5-0 at the Riverside.
Newcastle’s 19 year-old striker Andy Carroll, recently returned from a 6 month loan spell at Preston North End, grabbed a hat trick and even managed to miss a second half penalty, when his shot cannoned off the cross-bar.
Andy Carroll – on target for Reserves with 3 good goals
Andy scored a hat-trick in last year’s fixture when Newcastle won 5-1, and tonight he may have had four with the missed penalty, after Middlesbrough had been reduced to 10 men, when Graeme Owens was sent off after a dangerous foul on Matthew Grieve, in the 71st minute.
Carroll opened the scoring after 22 minutes with a great header from Mark Doninger’s corner, but Middlesbrough could have been level almost immediately but for Fraser Forster, who brought off an incredible double save. The 19-year-old goalkeeper blocked Mido’s 12-yard drive, and then saved from Jason Kennedy on the rebound.
On 42 minutes the promising Jonny Godsmark put the ball past Turnbull, after good work by Australian Troisi, and at the half Newcastle held a 2-0 lead.
On 62 minutes Kazenga LuaLua was brought down in the box by Rhys Williams, and had to leave the field injured. We’re not sure how bad Kazenga’s injury is. However, Carroll’s penalty rammed against the cross-bar, and Middlesbrough were let off the hook.
Carroll however didn’t let the miss affect him, and he fired home his second goal with a left foot drive after 69 minutes to put Newcastle 3-0 up. Andy had done well to control Troisi’s through ball to him, before slotting home from a wide angle.
Middlesbrough winger Owens was sent off (71 minutes) before Carroll got his third with a low shot past Turnbull from a Jonny Godsmark cross. Then substitute Dan Neary finished the scoring, when he turned the ball home from close range, from another good opportunity provided by Godsmark.
Hungarian Under-21 international Tamas Kadar made his Newcastle debut tonight, and played very impressively, after his signing last week for Newcastle. This boy is one to watch, but some of our other youngsters also impressed tonight.
If only the first team can do this when we play Middlesbrough at St. James’ Park on Sunday, 3rd February – a short 12 days in the future. Â Â 😀
Middlesbrough Reserves: Ross Turnbull, John Johnson (Richard Smallwood, 78m) Jonathan Grounds, Josh Walker, Matthew Bates, Rhys Williams, Graeme Owens, Jason Kennedy, Mido (Stephen Thompson, 46m) Tom Craddock, Joseph Bennett (Nathan Porritt, 65m)
Subs not used: Jason Steele, Jordan Robinson
Newcastle United Reserves: Fraser Forster, Callum Morris, Alex Patterson, Tamas Kadar, David Edgar, Jonny Godsmark, Mark Doninger, James Troisi, Kazenga LuaLua (Frank Wiafe Danquah, 65m), Andy Carroll, Wesley Ngo Baheng (Dan Neary, 84m)
Subs not used: Patrick McLaughlin, Mark Cook, Matthew Grieve