Forster Magnificent in Reserves Stalemate

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 Forster  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 – and rightly so, but surely Fraser should at least be in the squad.

Stuart Pearce – 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

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • AlexW

    Feb 18, 2008 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #1

    wat wa new boys like?

  • GP

    Feb 18, 2008 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #2

    I disagree that Liverpool were the better team, I thought it was fairly even. Neither team really had any chances. The back four were very composed.

  • Zx

    Feb 18, 2008 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #3

    I was there! First time in St.James, the stadium is great but the football wasn’t. Liverpool’s Insua played well in the first half…

    None of our boys stood out.

    The crowd weren’t too excited…

  • GP

    Feb 18, 2008 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #4

    Yeah it was a bit quiet. There was those kids who belted out a few choruses of in your liverpool slums but that was it really.

  • Richard

    Feb 18, 2008 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #5

    There was some animated kids right behind me! So i thought a round of “there’s only one David Edgar” was a good move 😀 and he had a cracking game commanding the back line.

    Good game, best 3 quid I’ve spent in ages. Forster was excellent and Baheng, Troisi and Godsmark had good games – great on the break, just a shame they couldn’t conjure a few more shots.

    Shot of the match for me was when one of the Liverpool lads fired a brilliant drive clean into the tunnel above and behind our goal 😀 though Baheng couldn’t believe he didn’t score.

  • GP

    Feb 18, 2008 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #6

    Haha that was funny like, seeing the ball boy running down after it.

  • Cockney Magpie

    Feb 18, 2008 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #7

    do the reserves play all their home games at st james’?

  • Stuart Pearce

    Feb 18, 2008 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #8


  • Leo*

    Feb 18, 2008 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #9

    damn missed the game, forgot to press record on the damn sky plus

  • thelongshanks

    Feb 18, 2008 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #10
  • Richard

    Feb 19, 2008 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #11

    it was a bit like “sh*t, we’ve only brought one ball” 😀

  • Gordon

    Feb 19, 2008 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #12

    Yep, not the Liverpool walk over like Ed suggests. Kadar was again outstanding.

  • Bill F

    Feb 19, 2008 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #13

    And Fraser is possibly our 3rd choice reserve, has to be good.

    And for the second time

    Incidentally has anyone else realised that we are now a Government sponsored club

  • GP

    Feb 19, 2008 at 1:26 AM

    Comment #14

    Let’s use our new powers to put pressure on refs to make more decisions come our way.

  • Mat

    Feb 19, 2008 at 5:52 AM

    Comment #15

    GP, funny…

  • staffsmag

    Feb 19, 2008 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #16

    A lot of the kids looked impressive, Forster had a very good game Kadar looked impressive too.

  • Greg P

    Feb 19, 2008 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #17

    Generally we looked to be second best, but thats a very good Liverpool side and Insua looks a fantastic prospect for them. They could have easily had 4 or 5.
    Forster and Edgar are clearly the outstanding players in our team, although Wesley looked decent as did Troisi. I have to say that Tozer had a bit of a ‘mare though. We need to remember that they’re all young and that playing games like that will only improve them.

  • Murvar

    Feb 19, 2008 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #18

    We were definitely second best. They made lots of chances and Forster was outstanding. Marwood and Godsmark looked fast but lightweight and Doninger faded in the second half. Hard to be impressed with Edgar and Tozer given Liverpool created so many chances. Troisis went AWLO defensively leaving them too exposed. And Morris was playing out of position in defence – where have we heard that one before? Kadar was impressive I thought – and Ngo Baheng might just be a player. Donladson barely featured. The best bit was our passing going forward – impressive. But most of the stand-out players wore red, I’m afraid.

  • Mr T

    Feb 19, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #19

    Forster is phenomonal for my money. When we got beaten 2-0 by the smoggs it would have been ALOT worse if it wasn’t for him. He should be in the under 21’s yeah, but if he’s there, there is a greater chance of him being stolen from somewhere else, and quite frankly I’d be a bit upset if Forster left even though inevitably he probably will??

    I STILL don’t get why we signed this swedish kid when we have Forster AND Krul, who are both very good young keepers, we won’t be able to keep all three. Rumour has it we were interested in darlo’s young keeper to, who looks quite handy, but has the kicking of Mark Schwarzer…..


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