Our young Reserves team won again tonight when they defeated Blackburn Rovers Reserves 3-1 at Christie Park, Morecambe.
David Edgar – 20 year old veteran captain of Newcastle Reserves
Newcastle went a goal down, but unlike their senior colleagues showed great heart to fight back and eventually win the game rather easily 3-1.
French youngster Wesley Ngo Baheng and Andy Carroll were among the goalscorers.
Adam Sadler’s young Reserves side have now lost just one of their last eight games and climb above Blackburn Rovers and into 5th place in the Premier Reserve table.
Blackburnâ€™s Irish forward Alan Judge put the ball in the net from close range after Maceo Rigters had intercepted Andy Carroll’s back pass. A bad mistake by the 6â€™3â€ striker.
But these boys donâ€™t lay down when they get behind and they were soon on level terms as 18 year old Wesley Ngo Baheng got his second goal in as many games. Wesley fired home beyond Blackburnâ€™s goalkeeper Gunnar Nielsen from 23 yeards after getting hold of a long ball upfield. An excellent goal for Baheng, who is showing some great form in the last two games.
Then a delightful move from Newcastle involving Baheng, Jonny Godsmark and David Edgar ended with Nielsen having to tip over a powerful header from 19 year old Andy Carroll.
Carroll, our England under-19 star was clearly trying to prove he is worth a place in the first team as he flashed another header just wide before scoring his 7th goal in 6 games on 37 minutes, as he out jumped everybody to 18 year-old Mark Doningerâ€™s corner to glance home from 12 yards.
Do we have anybody in our forward line who is any good in the air? Attackers that is, we cannot count Faye, who goes up for every corner.
Newcastle went from strength to strength after the interval, having overcome being a goal down, and 20 year-old Canadian skipper Edgar made a surging run into the area and hit a 20-yard strike which was just deflected wide. Very much like his great goal against Manchester United in January of last year.
Then Wesley Baheng almost had a second when he was only slightly off target before 18 year-old Jonny Godsmark completed the scoring for Newcastle just 4 minutes from time to give the reserves another heartening victory.
17 year-old Italian Under-19 International Fabio Zamblera crossed from the left and Godsmark was just too quick for Kris Patterson. He easily beat him to the ball and scored with a nice left-footed shot from 8 yards. A good goal from Godsmark.
The average age of the starting eleven was just over 17.5 years, and 17 year-old Italian new boy Zamblera replaced 19 year-old Gateshead born Carroll after 74 minutes.
Wonder what more Andy can do to persuade Keegan to give some playing time in the first team. Maybe scoring 4 goals in one game is what’s needed, but he cannot seem to budge Smith out of the line-up with Smith last having scored 30 months ago. Am I getting this correct or am I just dreaming this? 😀
This reserve side is full of talent. To us, it’s a pity Keegan was bred in the Liverpool camp of Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley (just like Graeme Souness) who think you can never win anything with youngsters. We don’t believe that.
Some of these boys would be a breath of fresh air in the first team. They haven’t yet learned that anything isn’t possible in game. You have to be very experienced before you realize that. Sorry – that’s my sarcasm in action again.
How about Carroll for Smith. Hey, Andy can score goals and Smith cannot. Seems a good swap to us.
OK got it – Carroll and Martins as the front two against Birmingham. We know Martins just loves playing with Andy, by Oba’s own admission last season. And rememebr against Juventus when the two of them looked very good indeed.
Blackburn Rovers: Gunnar Nielsen, Eddie Nolan, Kris Patterson, Francis Zenaba (Michael Hall, 54m), Dean Winnard (Callum O’Connor, 78m), Johnny Flynn, Alan Judge, Josh O’Keefe, Maceo Rigters, Raffaele De Vita (Alex Marrow, 71m), Marcus Marshall
Subs not used: Andreas Arestidou, Martin McCubbin
Newcastle United: Ole Soderberg, James Marwood, Darren Lough, Mark Doninger, Ben Tozer, Callum Morris, Jonny Godsmark, David Edgar, Andy Carroll (Fabio Zamblera, 74m), Wesley Ngo Baheng, Kazenga LuaLua
Subs not used: Ryan Donaldson, Mark Cook, Shane Ferguson, Matthew Grieve