Keegan and Eriksson See Reserve Teams Draw

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. James’ 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 Daly’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. James’ 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.

There’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 Logan’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 Newcastle’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 £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 Sadler’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).

Attendance: 740.

8 comments so far

  • Toon Al

    Feb 12, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #1

    canny strong city side there, good job by the lads

  • Kash2

    Feb 12, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #2

    When is Carrol gonna be given some much needed playing time? Smith isn’t threatening enough and Viduka is fat!!! I think Carrol desevres a chance, he’s banging goals in for the reserves, what else does he have to do?????

    Also Lua Lua and Troisi are other lads who could benefit from playing time and then they can try and show us what they’re capable of!!!

  • nightfall

    Feb 12, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #3

    why didn’t zamblera play?

  • Leo*

    Feb 12, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #4

    yeah i would like to see carroll start for the toon against manchester, it will give him massive amounts of experience in a game we are not expected to get anything in. it will mean there is no pressure on him

  • Leo*

    Feb 12, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #5

    maybe zamba is still settling in, or maybe he is ready to jump to the full squad. you never know.

    although it might just be he is going to play for the under 19s

  • Rich

    Feb 12, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #6

    That was a strong side City had out last night, ive never saw Bojinov in action heard good reports about him.Very good result for the lads against them last night!

  • Ed Harrison

    Feb 12, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #7

    Zamblera didn’t play because Carroll and Ameobi were given an outing – we suppose. Surprised he wasn’t a substitute.

  • Hadrian

    Feb 12, 2008 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #8

    carrol was meant to have looked the finished article when compared with shola last night .
    im the first one tobe full of pride watching a geordie (born or adopted) out on the pitch . but sometime you need to draw a line in the sand and say this isnt working out.
    for someone so desperate to prove their critics wrong , ameobis workrate is no different to viduka’s at times .


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