Carroll Gets Two In Newcastle Reserves 3-0 Win

Newcastle reserves got back on the winning track last night, with a seemingly comfortable win against Everton Reserves, 3-0 at St. James’ Park in front of Kevin Keegan.


Andy Carroll – scored two in front of a watching Kevin Keegan

But the win wasn’t quite as comfortable as the score line suggests with big Andy Carroll scoring a couple of goals in the last few minutes to secure the win.

Newcastle United took the lead early on after a mistake by Everton defender John Irving, when he put the ball past his own keeper Iain Turner, who was back in the side following injury.

But the game was evenly matched until after 85 minutes when Jonny Godsmark crossed for Carroll to fire home from the edge of the penalty area. And then deep into injury-time the 6’3” striker from Gateshead headed home a Doninger corner when he easily rose above everybody, to give a flattering look to the scoreline.

The 19-year-old had another outstanding game and finally got his just reward with a late double in front of watching boss Kevin Keegan.

We hope Andy gets a try out for the first team, who are finding it difficult to score these days. Not so for Andy, who has now scored 6 goals in 5 games for the Reserves since he returned from his loan spell at Preston.

Italian 17 year-old Fabio Zamblera finally made his Newcastle debut as a second-half substitute. The former Atalanta star could have made it a goal scoring start but keeper Turner saved his close range effort after 87 minutes.

The reserve side is very young and seems to be playing very well under Adam Sadler. Up and coming stars Forster, Edgar, Tozer, Kadar, Carroll, Baheng, Lua Lua and Zamblera all played last night.

848 attended the game last night, which is the best crowd of the season for a Reserve game.

Newcastle United Reserves: Forster, Edgar, Lough, Doninger, Tozer, Kadar, Godsmark, Troisi, Carroll, Baheng, LuaLua
Subs: Zamblera, Soderberg, Donaldson, Francis, Marwood

Everton Reserves: Turner, Densmore, Gardner, Irving, Dennehy, Gosling, Rodwell, Harpur, Morrison, Downes, Agard
Subs: Jones, O’Kane, Sinnot, Baxter, Codling

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • AdamCF

    Mar 4, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #1

    Strikers who score goals are good for any team. Throw him in to the big time 🙂

  • Ian

    Mar 4, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #2

    Carroll needs 10 or 20 minutes each game in the first team, however the two strikers who must always be on until we are safe are Martins and Owen, we do not want Carroll trying to find his feet in the first team while we slip down the table, the top two strikers need to show us their worth.

  • Hadji

    Mar 4, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #3

    Godsmark looks promising a lot.

  • Davies

    Mar 4, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #4

    Yeah, there’s a lot of quality all over the reserve team. I wonder how our first team would do against them if they wore a different shirt.

    I agree that Carroll should get a bit more first team action next season, but like Ian says, now is really the time for Oba and Owen to show their quality. I sincerely hope that Oba won’t be spending too much time on the bench while Smith plods around up front.

    On a different note, is there any reason that anyone can think of that Licky Butt played in MF for so long on Saturday when Zog was sat on the bench?

  • Eric

    Mar 4, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #5

    Ian and Davies are right. Time for Oba and Owen to show what they can do (provided Butt and Barton are not behind them). Carroll on the bench and give him a go if we are winning by a few (???)

  • mok

    Mar 4, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #6

    is baheng any good?
    Looks like he nvr score, he is a striker isnt he?

  • Nobby's dad

    Mar 4, 2008 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #7


    Baheng is unfortunately not an ‘up and coming star’. I’ve been to a couple of reserve games and he’s very poor. He’ll not make it.

  • wozza

    Mar 4, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #8

    Another promising player for us is youth player Shane Ferguson, who impressed in the 2-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday for the U18. He was on the left wing and has a similar style to James Milner. He crosses of a good quality and even had a Spurs scout asking about him at half time!

  • Stami

    Mar 4, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #9

    anyone know how our reserve team stands in the league? we must be doing pretty well as i see we seem to be winning most of our games, maybe our ‘1st team’ should be taking notes! i say we chuck the whole reserve team on against LFC and let the 1st team play the next reserve game… we could end up with 3 points from Anfield due to our reserve teams winning attitude…

  • Stami

    Mar 4, 2008 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #10

    Eric – i would rather have Carroll starting with Owen/Martins on the bench. have either playing off him as he has the ability to hold up the ball! let the left out striker sit on the bench and build up a bit of desire to be on the pitch…

  • Cyprus Mag

    Mar 4, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #11

    If Carroll wasn’t good enough to get his place at Preston he’s not ready for the Premier league. We’ve seen many promising players score goals in the reserves and couldn’t hack it in the PL. Our coaching could have a lot to do with it.

  • Ian

    Mar 4, 2008 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #12

    I havent seen anything in Carrolls game which shows he could hold the ball better than Martins did in that Blackburn game, he has been given chances in the first team and on loan, neither have shown him to be as good as he is in the reserves, I wouldnt give him more than 20 minutes per game to see if he can find the same quality over a decent period of time, maybe we should be looking to see who is supplying him with the goals he is scoring in the reserves, Lua Lua looks as good as anyone we have in our first team now, is there anyone else as good?

  • Leo

    Mar 4, 2008 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #13

    seems a shame that people dont think that baheng will make it, give the lad a chance, he has just come to a new country he is young and if we wait give him a chance it might all slot into place for the lad.


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