Eight Wins On The Trot For Newcastle Under-18s

The Newcastle United Youth Side (Under-18s) are now 3 points clear at the top of Group D, after getting their 8th successive win at Sheffield United on Saturday.

Nile Ranger – scored again for Newcastle under-18s

Newcastle were 1-0 down at half time following a 38th-minute goal from Nathan Foster, who had fired the ball past goalkeeper Max Johnson from just 15 yards out, and in truth the lads did not play very well in that first half.

At half-time Newcastle moved Ryan Donaldson to midfield (he had been playing center-back and is normally a striker), and it was Ryan who got the important equalizing goal for Newcastle, after just 7 minutes into the second half.

It was a nice Sam Ameobi cross from the right wing that found Donaldson, who fought past the two center-backs and shot at goalkeeper Kang-Ho Lee, who parried the ball, and then Ryan hit the rebound into the net from close range.

Goalkeeper Lee made two excellent saves from Brad Inman and Patrick McLaughlin, and then the Newcastle goalkeeper Johnson, who was returning from injury, pulled off a great save to his right from a 25 yard pile-driver from Johnson.

With just 15 minutes to go, Nile Ranger was brought down in the penalty area, as he took the ball past Kingsley James, and in the melee that followed, Newcastle substitute Dan Williams shot under Lee from seven yards out, to put Newcastle ahead.

And yes, in less than a minute, Nile Ranger headed home powerfully into the left hand corner from 12 yards out, where he was surprisingly unmarked, to put Newcastle home and dry at 3-1 up.

Nile has 13 goals for the Under-18 side so far this season, and in addition has 3 goals for the Reserves, and of course is a hot-shot on his way up.   😀

On this form, Newcastle will be fancied to do well in the upcoming FA Youth Cup, as Richard Money and Kenny Wharton have done an outstanding job with the youngsters this season.

In fact the youngsters are in the 3rd round of he FA Youth Cup at St. James’ Park tomorrow night, as they begin their FA Youth Cup campaign against Oldham Athletic. It’s a 7:00 pm KO – and if you can get there to support the youngsters – that would be great – they’re the future of the club.

The East Stand will be open for supporters, and admission prices are £3 for adults and £1.50 concessions. The club is saying that due to competition rules, season ticket holders DO NOT gain free entry to Youth Cup matches.

The youngsters are then away to Barnsley next Saturday.

Newcastle U-18s: Johnson, Airey, Donaldson, Tavernier, Ferguson; Newton (sub Williams 65), Inman, McDermott (sub Taylor 45), McCrudden (sub McLaughlin 55), Ranger, Ameobi. Unused subs: Folan, Leadbitter.

14 comments so far

  • Toon Graeme

    Dec 8, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #1

    Go on lads.

  • HonoraryGeordie

    Dec 8, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #2

    Who is this Ranger kid? Why did Southampton let him go? He might like to rob houses with shotguns or whatever, but he knows how to score a goal! Lets have a front four of Oba, Owen, Ranger and Zamblera, we’d have to score more than the other team then!!

  • Spyro

    Dec 8, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #3

    We need to go for the throat against Pompey, special attention should be given to Campbell, he has been poor so far this season and is definitely the weak link in their team.

  • bennufc

    Dec 8, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #4

    hello ed
    weres the terry mac tribute article as he is 57 today
    and what a great servant to th club both on and off the field and we still need him at the club because he knows more than any1 what our club is about and what we want

  • hitman

    Dec 8, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #5

    its time to give ranger a chance

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 8, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #6

    Zamblera looks poor and for someone his size he is lightweight and a pansy.

  • Ausgeordie

    Dec 8, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #7

    Why was he let go? He definatly deserves a spot on the bench but we have too many under performing strikers taking up places

  • Geordie69

    Dec 8, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #8

    Here is my run down of our academy from an earlier post!

    Out of all our young forwards there is only
    Ranger and maybe Donaldson that looks like they could make the step up. Carroll, Zamblera,Godsmark,Spears and Baheng don’t look ready. As for our young midfielders Lua Lua and Danquah have a chance. Marwood,Doninger and co don’t look up to it yet.. Our defence has Kadar and Tozer that look good enough. Morris,Lough and Taylor and co aint ready yet. Our goalkeepers all look strong in Krul,Forster,Soderberg and Alnwick.

  • Ryan Peacock

    Dec 8, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #9

    ive seen zamblera in the reserves and he looks poor but ranger is a different animal

  • Petey

    Dec 8, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #10

    lets see our under 18 squad play next week in the premier league, the whole under 18 squad lol.

    forgot who we playing right now but im sure they could win :-P.

  • Guinea Mag

    Dec 8, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #11

    The youngsters are doing us proud but still negative criticism for some of the kids.

    I only hope the Newcastle public give them the support they need tomorrow evening…..

  • Gateshead Mag.

    Dec 8, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #12

    young Newton is a cracking player.
    I’ve been to Turkey with him, lives in my street, went to School with him(year below) great lad, was at a party not long ago with him and he was telling is he’d scored a few goals. Centre midfielder but they tend to play him right back, when he plays in midfield though he’s mint!

  • michael12

    Dec 8, 2008 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #13

    This is the future that Ashley is trying to build.

  • Marko

    Dec 8, 2008 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #14

    Tavernier is a amazing.


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