We may be disappointed at the play and form of our first team right now, but our Newcastle Under-18 side continued their winning ways yesterday, with a 3-1 win against Sheffield Wednesday at Middlewood Road, for their 6th win on the trot.
Nile Ranger – 16th goal for Newcastle yesterday
Newcastle got off to a decent start with center-back Jeff Henderson heading Newcastle into the lead from a 12th-minute cross from Phil Airey.
Then 17 year-old Nile Ranger, who is making lots of headlines for all the right reasons, superbly beat the Sheffield center-back Nick Wood to score his 13th Academy goal of the season. It was Nile’s 16th goal in total, for all Newcastle teams this season, when he beat keeper Aaron Pratt beautifully from 15 yards.
And then just before the hour, it was Conor Newton made it 3-0, after some excellent play between Newton and Sam Ameobi, the younger brother of Shola.
And Newton was denied the goal of the game in the 80th-minute, when his cannon shot, following a Shane Ferguson center, came thudding back off the cross-bar.
And then four minutes from time Henderson, who had opened the scoring, was sent off for a foul on Nathan Modest in the penalty area, and Liam Palmer beat 18 year-old Swedish goalkeeper Ole Soderberg, with the resulting penalty.
Newcastle United: Soderberg, Airey, Ferguson, Inman, Henderson, Tavernier, Newton, McDermott (sub Williams 39), Ranger (sub Bath 61), Ameobi, McCrudden.
Unused subs: Leadbitter, Bell, Johnson.