The Reserves were 2-0 down as the game entered into injury time but amazingly the youngsters scored twice in the 3 minutes of added time to snatch a point.
Shola Ameobi – scored Newcastle’s first goal
The Reserves were trailing at half time 1-0, after David Gbemie had scored after the Newcastle defense couldnâ€™t deal with a left-wing corner.
Then with just 11 minutes to go in the game, Bolton got their second goal as Nathan Woolfe had hit the post from Johann Smith’s left-wing cross but then Leslie Thompson was there to fire in the rebound.
2-0, away from home, with just 11 minutes to go. The game is lost? Not on your life.
The youngsters don’t yet know what isn’t possible in game – because they aren’t experienced enough 😀 – and so they made an amazing come-back to score two goals in injury time and leave Bolton in complete shock. But somehow the lads snatched a point when all seemed lost.
And it was forgotten man Shola Ameobi, who started the unlikely comeback when he headed home from Mark Doninger’s free-kick early in the 3 minutes of added time.
It then looked to be all over, but with the last kick of the match, substitute Wesley Ngo Baheng pounced on a defensive error and coolly shot past Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan to equalize. Wesley had been introduced in the 79th minute for Jonny Godsmark. It was the 18 year-old Frenchman’s 3rd goal in the last 3 games for the Reserves.
As we had expected Kevin Keegan, Terry McDermott and Chris Hughton were all at the game, no doubt to check out Lamine Diattaâ€™s debut for the club, and also to watch the return of Peter Ramage. 19 year-old striker Andy Carroll was also leading the line tonight.
Diatta and Ramage formed the central defensive pair, and Peter got in a good 65 minute shift before he was substituted. Weâ€™re pleased to see Ramage back playing again.
We have no word on how well Lamine played.
Bolton Wanderers Reserves: Adam Bogdan, James Sinclair, Matt Carlisle, Robert Sissons, David Gbemie, Chris Stokes, Leslie Thompson, Sam Sheridan, Johann Smith, Kevin Wolze, Nathan Woolfe
Subs not used: Zoltan Harsanyi, Robert Lainton, Michael Burns, Aaron Mooy, Stuart McDonald
Newcastle United Reserves: Fraser Forster, Ben Tozer, Tamas Kadar, David Edgar, Lamine Diatta, Peter Ramage (Darren Lough 65m), Jonny Godsmark (Wesley Ngo Bahneg 79m), Mark Doninger, Shola Ameobi, Andy Carroll, Kazenga LuaLua (Fabio Zamblera 89m).
Subs: Max Johnson, Callum Morris
Referee: Jake Collin