That boy Nile Ranger is at it again, as he got two goals yesterday at Benton, in the Newcastle Under-18 win against local rivals Sunderland 3-1.
Nile Ranger – prodigious goal scorer for Newcastle
Nile Ranger continued his goal-scoring streak with a brace for Newcastle United’s Under-18s as the youngsters beat their Sunderland rivals 3-1 and moved to the top of the Academy table.
Is this the year we can win the FA Youth Cup for the first time since 1985, when Paul Gascoigne was in the team and before that, in 1962, when Bobby Moncur and David Craig were in the side? We certainly hope so.
17 year-old Ranger has now scored 12 times for the club at the Youth and Reserve team level, since his summer signing from Southampton, and is yet another top youngster we have signed this year.
Nile broke the deadlock after 22 minutes when he scored from Sammy Ameobi’s right-wing cross after Shola’s younger brother had easily beaten defender Blair Adams. Sammy laid on another one after 33 minutes, with Irish winger Shane Ferguson scoring nicely into the top corner from 18 yards after the center somehow got through to him.
Sunderland scored a penalty (sound familiar?) when Liam Noble converted, after Callum Morris had brought down Matthew Fletcher inside the area nine minutes into the second period.
But deep into injury time rising star Ranger made sure of all 3 points, when he put a header beyond goalkeeper Michal Misiewicz from McCrudden’s perfectly measured pass.
Newcastle now take top spot in the Academy League with Sunderland one point and two places behind in third place.
We are looking forward to these lads doing well in the FA Youth Cup after twice recently making the semi-finals when Glenn Roeder was here.
With everything else not going particularly well at the club, at least our youngsters continue to be shining stars, and that at least augers well for our future, not to mention wealthy Arab businessmen. 😀
Well done lads.
Newcastle United Under-18: Andreas Arestidou, Conor Newton, James Tavernier, Callum Morris, Ben Tozer, Jonny Godsmark, Brad Inman, Greg McDermott (Michael McCrudden, 70m) Shane Ferguson (Stephen Folan, 80m) Nile Ranger, Sam Ameobi
Subs not used: Jeff Henderson, Daniel Leadbitter, Phil Airey