19 year-old goalkeeper Fraser Forster put in a tremendous exhibition of goalkeeping tonight at St. James’ Park, to deny Liverpool and keep the Reserves unbeaten string going and now at four games.
Fraser Forster – goalkeeper in brilliant form this season
The game was a 0-0 draw as Liverpool were the better team in the first half and full back Emiliano Insua twice went close during the early moments.
The on-loan Argentinian from Boca Juniors put a shot just wide in the very first minute and then had another effort miss a few minutes later.
It was after 25 minutes that Fraser Forster produced his first save as he tipped over Ray Putterill’s 20-yard shot and then saved well from Jordy Brouwer, who was at the Ajax Youth Academy.
Wesley Ngo Baheng, our 18 year-old French player from Le Havre, had Newcastle’s only chance of the first 45 minutes, when his shot from the edge of the area was only just wide of the upright. A nice effort by Wesley.
However, after probably a good team talk from Reserve Team manager Adam Sadler, Newcastle looked much better after the interval.
Efforts from Australian James Troisi and Mark Doninger were both just wide of the target. Then Baheng almost scored but Hungarian goalkeeper Gulacsi was quick off his line and just got to Baheng’s shot to turn it around for a corner.
Then on 57 minutes Forster made a double save which was unbelievable. From a left wing cross, Nemeth turned the ball into the goal from point blank range, but ForsterÂ somehow kept the ball out and then turned the second attempt from the Hungarian onto the crossbar and behind for a corner. A wonderful double save from the local boy, born in nearby Hexham, west of Newcastle.
But Liverpool were on the rampage, and were looking for the winner, but then on 69 minutes Forster saved brilliantly again, this time from Ryan Crowther. Then Forster was diving at the feet of Brouwer for another excellent save from the home goalkeeper.
Time ran out for Liverpool but a valiant effort from the Newcastle defense kept a clean sheet, something the first team find almost impossible to do these days.
This was the Fraser Forster show, the proverbial blinder.
We think Forster has to get some recognition for his excellent displays this season. Why he’s not in the England Under-21 squad is getting to be a bit of a mystery. Manchester City’s 20 year-old goalkeeper is the current holder of the spot â€“ and rightly so, but surely Fraser should at least be in the squad.
Stuart Pearce â€“ are you reading this? 😀
Bottom line – another excellent result from the youngsters.
Newcastle United Reserves: Fraser Forster, Callum Morris, Tamas Kadar, Mark Doninger, David Edgar, Ben Tozer, Jonny Godsmark (Darren Lough, 76m), James Troisi, Ryan Donaldson, Wesley Ngo Baheng, James Marwood
Subs not used: Ole Soderberg, Patrick McLaughlin, James Taylor, Michael McCrudden.
Liverpool Reserves: Peter Gulacsi, Stephen Darby, Emiliano Insua, Mikel San Jose Dominguez, Ronald Huth, Damien Plessis, Ryan Crowther (Gerado Bruna, 76m), Ryan Flynn, Jordy Brouwer (Andras Simon, 84m) Krisztan Nemeth, Ray Putterill (Martin Kelly, 63m)
Subs not used: Dean Bouzanis, Daniel Ayala