Newcastle United Reserves won the Northumberland Senior Cup last night but t,he game went to penalties after extra time found the teams level at 1-1.
Newcastle youngsters celebrate after penalty shoot-out win
The game ended after 90 minutes without a goal, and it was Blyth who took the lead just 4 minutes into extra time. Andrew Leeson tapped the ball home after Peter Snowdon had headed Adrian Webster’s free-kick across the goal.
But within 60 seconds Kazenga LuaLua shot home a tremendous goal, with a 25-yard bullet shot, well beyond former Newcastle youngster Adam Bartlet in the Blyth goal.
The game went to penalties and it was Geordie midfielder and local lad Mark Doninger, who scored the all important penalty to win the trophy for Newcastle Reserves. Of course first team manager Kevin Keegan was in attendance, as he is for all the Reserve games, since he arrived back at the club.
It was an even, if largely forgettable first half, but Ben Tozer was at fault with a weak back-pass that 18 year old Hungarian Tamas Kadar rescued with a perfectly timed tackle to relieve the situation.
The second-half wasn’t much better than the first, and French youngster Ngo Baheng was stretchered off following a heavy tackle from Blythâ€™s Snowdon, after just 10 minutes into the half.
Newcastle almost won it with the last kick of the 90 minutes when Ryan Donaldson just missed, after being beautifully set up by Jonny Godsmark in a breakaway.
In extra time Leeson and LuaLua got their goals before Blythâ€™s Garry Brown almost snatched the winner with Fraser Forster just saving his shot, near the end of extra time.
It was then Forsterâ€™s excellent save in the penalty shootout from goalscorer Leeson, which set-up Mark Doninger with a chance to grab the glory, and the young Geordie made no mistake.
And the youngsters then went wild as the photograph above shows. 😀
Newcastle Reserves; Fraser Forster, Callum Morris, Darren Lough (Matthew Grieve, 91m) Mark Doninger, Ben Tozer, Tamas Kadar, Jonny Godsmark, James Troisi (James Marwood, 62m), Ryan Donaldson, Wesley Ngo Baheng (Frank Wiafe Danquah, 57m), Kazenga LuaLua
Subs not used: Ole Soderberg, Shane Ferguson
Blyth Spartans: Adam Bartlett, Ben Christensen, Kenny Boyle (Peter Snowdon, 46m), Andrew Leeson, Gareth Williams, Garry Brown, Adrian Webster, Chris McCabe, Robert Dale (Ged Dalton, 90m) Stephen Birks, Martin Houlahan (Andrew Johnson, 71m)