Newcastle United Reserves fought their way through to the final of the Northumberland Senior Cup by a 2-1 win over Whitley Bay, after an extra-time goal from French teenager Wesley Ngo Baheng, his first goal for the club.
Wesley Baheng – scored winner in extra time
The 18-year-old, who signed from Le Havre in January, put the Reserves through to the Northumberland Senior Cup Final against Blyth Spartans.
But Newcastle were leading 1-0 when Whitley Bay equalized in injury time with a goal from Lee Kerr, to take the game to extra time.
It was a very entertaining cup tie, played in front of over 880 fans and it also marked new 6’5″ Swedish goalkeeper Olle Soderbergâ€™s debut for the Reserves and a first start also for 6’3″ Italian teenager Fabio Zamblera.Â 17 year old Ben Tozer was captain for the night.
Fabio had a great chance to score in the 17th minute but shot wide when one-on-one with Terry Burke, the Whitley Bay goalkeeper.
Newcastle went ahead after just 20 minutes when 19 year-old Australian midfielder James Troisi burst through with a great change in pace and scored a fine solo goal.
Newcastle dominated the game for long periods and Ngo Baheng just missed with a 20-yard strike but Whitley Bay never gave up and near the end were going all out for the equalizer.
In the 90th minute Olle Soderberg saved Kerr’s close range header but Kerr was not to be denied and, right at the end of injury time, he hit a 25 yard drive past the Swedish goalkeeper to level the scores and send the game into extra time.
In extra time Newcastle looked the fitter side and Wesley Baheng lofted the ball over goalkeeper Burke, after an excellent through ball from Troisi to put the Reserves ahead again. Not a bad game for the young Aussie with a goal and an assist.
Then right at the end of extra time Whitley Bay’s Minto headed against the post in the 120th minute.
After the game Wesley talked to the official Newcastle United site:
“I had to wait a long time for clearance and that was hard not being able to play games,” “Only now do I feel physically good and I feel like I am getting better and better with every game I play.”
“The game against Whitley Bay was good for team and it’s fantastic to reach a final.” “Personally, it was a relief to get my first goal and a great feeling.”
“I said to myself during the game ‘I’m not leaving this pitch without scoring.” “So when James Troisi put me through I though ‘It’s now or never’.”
“That was definitely my best game so far and now I have to get more goals for the reserves and hopefully get my first-team chance.”
An excellent game and another good win for our youngsters.
Newcastle United Reserves: Olle Soderberg, Callum Morris, Darren Lough, Mark Doninger (Mark Bertram, 62m), Ben Tozer (c), Tamas Kadar, Jonny Godsmark, James Troisi, Fabio Zamblera (Ryan Donaldson, 62m), Wesley Ngo Baheng (James Marwood, 100m), Kazenga LuaLua
Subs not used: Mark Cook, Alex Francis
Whitley Bay: Terry Burke, Mark Taylor, Lee Picton (Brian Smith, 66m), Andy Dugdale (Brian Rowe, 64m) , David Coulson (c), Mark Minto, Chris Moore, Damon Robson, Lee Kerr, Paul Chow, Paul Robinson
Subs not used: Dean Porter, Darren Reay, Tom Kindley
Referee: Eddie Ilderton