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.