Shola Ameobi had a run out in the Reserves last night against Manchester City Reserves, in which the teams ended up 1-1 at St. Jamesâ€™ Park. Manchester City were fielding an experienced side and both Sven Eriksson and Kevin Keegan were on hand to watch their reserve sides play.
Shola Ameobi – played for 83 minutes for Reserves
Andy Carroll our 19 year-old Gateshead born striker had given Newcastle the lead after 54 minutes when he got onto Michael Dalyâ€™s weak back header, and easily rounded Swedish International goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson, and put the ball home from 6 yards.
Carroll almost scored an early goal when his shot sped past the post after just 6 minutes
Newcastle had Ben Tozer, Tamas Kadar and Wesley Baheng starting at St. Jamesâ€™ Park for the first time and Keegan must have been especially interested in these three, who may have a chance to break into the first team squad next season. But the team also included Lua Lua and goalkeeper Forster, who have played well in the Reserves this season.
Thereâ€™s no doubt we have some good youngsters at the club, and the reserves are definitely worth a watch these days, but a rather disappointing crowd of only 740 to see the game.
Shola Ameobi then tested Isaksson from 22 yards and it took another fine save from our ever improving goalkeeper Fraser Forster to turn Shaleum Loganâ€™s close-range right foot shot round the post for a corner. Fraser followed that with a fine save from Mpenza, after the Belgian striker broke clear in the second half.
Andrew Carroll – scored another goal for the Reserves last night
It looked like Newcastleâ€™s young side were going to beat the experienced Manchester City side Mpenza turned provider for substitute Valerie Bojinov after 79 minutes and the Bulgarian, coming back from a bad ACL knee injury, put a left-foot shot past Forster after Mpenza had pulled the ball back nicely from the by-line.
Then near the end Bojinov, a Â£5.75M summer arrival from Fiorentina, had an excellent chance to win the game for City but headed wide from just six yards out, when it looked easier to score.
But this was a good performance by Adam Sadlerâ€™s side, who have now gone 3 games without defeat, following their earlier 3-0 and 5-0 victories against North Shields and Middlesbrough.
Our new signing, 17 year-old Olle Soderberg from Sweden, was the substitute goalkeeper, but never made an appearance.
Newcastle United Reserves: Forster, Morris, Kadar, Doninger (sub McLaughlin 90), Edgar, Tozer, LuaLua, Troisi, Carroll, Ngo Baheng, Ameobi (sub Donaldson 83). Subs not used: Marwood, Lough, Soderberg.
Goal: Carroll 54
Manchester City Reserves: Isaksson, Obeng (sub McDonald 18), Garrido, Breen, Sun, Johnson (sub Daly 45), Logan, Geovanni, Mpenza, Caicedo (sub Bojinov 63), Moore. Subs not used: Tchuimeni, Martin.
Goal: Bojinov 79
Referee: Ross Joyce (Middlesbrough).