It was Kazenga LuaLua who was the hero last night as Newcastle United booked their way into the Fourth Round of the FA Youth Cup with a 2-1 victory over Oldham Athletic at St. James’ Park.
Kazenga LuaLua – birthday boy scored both goals against Oldham
LuaLua scored both goals for the home side, and hit the winner just three minutes from time, as the Magpie youngsters almost paid the price for some wasteful finishing in the first half, when they missed quite a few chances and should have been more than 1-0 up at the break.
Newcastle started and it was obvious they were going to attack Oldham, and Newcastle’s first goal was scored on 21 minutes when LuaLua’s skidding 30-yard shot evaded goal keeper Josh Ollernshaw.
Sammy Ameobi then put Ranger through on goal but the Newcastle striker couldn’t find the finish and he sliced wide from just eight yards out. And 17 year-old Ranger should really have made it 2-0 just two minutes before the break when he headed straight at Ollernshaw from just six yards from goal.
Then just 5 minutes after the interval Oldham were level, when Ryan Brooke produced a terrific shot from 25 yards out that give Newcastle goalkeeper Max Johnson no chance. And then just minutes later a great drive by Eaves’ just shaved the post, and Oldham were threatening.
Richard Money then decided to bring on Greg McDermott and Conor Newton after an hour, with the injured Ryan Donaldson and Ameobi going off, and the changes seemed to have an immediate effect, with Newcastle coming back into the game.
And then with the score at 1-1 and full-time fast approaching, it looked like extra time was on the cards, but that was before LuaLua got a headed flick-on from Nile Ranger, and with two Oldham defenders in close attendance, he still managed to lift the ball over the goalkeeper for the winning goal. A good opportunist goal from Kazenga.
There were just 3 minutes to go and a very good time to get a goal.
The visitors were classed as one of the best youth sides outside the top Premier League clubs, and they acquitted themselves well in the game, but Newcastle are now through to the next round, and that’s what counts, after all.
Kazenga LuaLua turns 18 years-old today and it is his fourth Youth Cup campaign, and he was the hero last night with his two well taken goals. One for the future we think.
Newcastle Under-18s: Max Johnson, Phil Airey, Shane Ferguson, Jeff Henderson, James Tavernier, Ryan Donaldson (c) (Greg McDermott, 62m), Brad Inman, Michael McCrudden, Kazenga LuaLua, Nile Ranger, Sam Ameobi (Conor Newton, 59m)
Subs n/u: James Taylor, Aaron Spear, Jak Alnwick