LuaLua Scores Two In Newcastle U-18 Youth Cup Win


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



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21 comments so far

  • ronaldeano

    Dec 10, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #1

    Well done lads 🙂

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  • Ausgeordie

    Dec 10, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #2

    One for the future but one to start preparing now by giving him some game time.

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  • Marty-TOON RISING

    Dec 10, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #3

    Grt stuff and good to see we have some good 18 year olds.
    Was rooney ready when he first came on for >Everton??No one knew but it worked out well.

    We have got to take some chances with our guys and give them playing tme,maybe we will get a rooney out of it.
    I reckon Lua Lua and Ranger should be given some time on the pitch.

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  • King Joe

    Dec 10, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #4

    Should have been on the bench on Sat.

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  • The Entertainers

    Dec 10, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #5

    The youth team and reserves are the only exciting thing about Newcastle this season.

    Looking forward to see these players progress:

    Lua Lua
    Ranger
    Kadar
    Tozer
    Spears

    I know theres others, particular the two foriegn strikers we have and the keeper. As well as the splash of local talent such as Donaldson.

    Credit where creidt due Ashley!

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  • Whumpie

    Dec 10, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #6

    Richard Money’s doing a great job – and he must be chuffed to work for a club that puts so much into building its youth squad.

    Bit disappointing that Ranger missed so many, but Kaz sounds like he’s ready for some 1st team action sooner rather than later. Perhaps bench for Saturday, to see if he can provide that attacking midfield spark?

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  • Ryan Peacock

    Dec 10, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #7

    bring back; lomana lua lua, such a unpredictable talent

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  • Spyro

    Dec 10, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #8

    Whumpie

    I think Ranger is entitled to have the odd off game mate considering how much he has already scored. anyway he still managed an assist and scored a header, but it was unfortunately disallowed because of a foul.

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  • AO

    Dec 10, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #9

    ryan p- are we in a better mood today?

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  • AO

    Dec 10, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #10

    spyro- the kids are looking really good arent they. I understand you havent seen them with your own eyes but they get a good write up dont they.

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  • Spyro

    Dec 10, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #11

    Funny how certain papers have chosen to completely ignore the hottest racism story of the moment. Spurs fans who were racist to Campbell at Pompey have had their pictures released today.

    http://uk.news.yahoo.com/4/20081210/tuk-police-hunt-race-chant-soccer-fans-dba1618.html

    No coverage from the likes of Tthe Sun or Daily Mail lol. Blatant London favouratism.

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  • AO

    Dec 10, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #12

    I was there and it wasnt racist. He was called a poofter and a judas and nothing more.

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  • Spyro

    Dec 10, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #13

    Bored AO? No satisfaction gained from your mediocre and probably low paid 9 to 5? Enjoy your day 😉

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  • Ryan Peacock

    Dec 10, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #14

    AO hell yeah ha ha

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  • Darling27

    Dec 10, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #15

    Good to still see the youth and reserve team doing well. They’ll be the saviours of this club.

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  • AO

    Dec 10, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #16

    mediocre job from 7- 6 actually.

    Which kids should we be looking out for syro. I know its hard to judge when you live down south and cant get to the games but you can normally find a good write up on the net to base your opinions from. I have been to 2 newcastle games so far this season. I bet thats more than you.

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  • Karltoon

    Dec 10, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #17

    Calling someone a poofter is no better.. All Mido got called was a shoe bomber.. Cause he doesnt look a far cry from him.. If that’s classed as racist then fair enough, but we have our own muslim contingency anyway, so we’d be shooting ourselves in the foot if the racism geared up…

    Once i have been to a match with ‘racist’ chanting along the lines of “your religions **** ing s *it”
    Which i found greatly hilarious, but i would have found it just as funny if they’d been singing that to us..

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  • JonnyNufc

    Dec 10, 2008 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #18

    All Mido got called was a shoe bomber???

    wtf LOL

    Yeah wheres the harm in calling someone a mass murderer because of how he looks. Massive overeaction like…

    Ya Moron.

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  • brutooooon

    Dec 11, 2008 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #19

    ranger,lua lua, tozer,kadar and spears should being played 15 mins at the end….but the problem is that we usually lose during the 15 mins

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  • LooneyToon

    Dec 11, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #20

    Went to the game on Monday and Lua Lua was outstanding. Not just his goals, his all round play, movement, awareness was a cut above everyone else on the pitch. He has pace coupled with creativity that is sadly lacking from our midfield at present…..A place on the bench is the least he deserves at present…

    Nile Ranger, although he missed 2 or 3 good chances, still had a very good game. Good in the air, strong and pacey. Linked up the play very well, especially with Lua Lua and wasnt afraid to run in behind either. Has come on leaps and bounds in the past 3-4 month. The most promising thing was he kept getting himself into goalscoring opportunities and never let his head drop…Not 100% sure if he is ready for the 1st team quite yet but if he keeps improving the way he has over the past few month, he has every chance in the future..(He scored with a terrific header that was incorrectly ruled out for offside.)
    Another lad that really stood out for me was a centre half called James Tavernier. Not the tallest of defenders but an excellent reader of the game and was very good on the ball. One to watch…
    Last but not least Mr Aaron Spear. He didnt get on. But he was warming up before the game and at half time. Without getting too carried away, he “looks” like a player….His 1st touch was nothing short of tremendous and he was pinging them in from all over the parish….Small and stocky, he had an aura that he knew he was good.
    Dissapointed he didnt get on but he is only 15 (may have just turned 16) and this is under 18 level. You dont get involved at that age if there is nowt going in your favour…

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  • LooneyToon

    Dec 11, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #21

    Went to the game on Monday and Lua Lua was outstanding. Not just his goals, his all round play, movement, awareness was a cut above everyone else on the pitch. He has pace coupled with creativity that is sadly lacking from our midfield at present…..A place on the bench is the least he deserves at present…

    Nile Ranger, although he missed 2 or 3 good chances, still had a very good game. Good in the air, strong and pacey. Linked up the play very well, especially with Lua Lua and wasnt afraid to run in behind either. Has come on leaps and bounds in the past 3-4 month. The most promising thing was he kept getting himself into goalscoring opportunities and never let his head drop…Not 100% sure if he is ready for the 1st team quite yet but if he keeps improving the way he has over the past few month, he has every chance in the future..(He scored with a terrific header that was incorrectly ruled out for offside.)
    Another lad that really stood out for me was a centre half called James Tavernier. Not the tallest of defenders but an excellent reader of the game and was very good on the ball. One to watch…
    Last but not least Mr Aaron Spear. He didnt get on. But he was warming up before the game and at half time. Without getting too carried away, he “looks” like a player….His 1st touch was nothing short of tremendous and he was pinging them in from all over the parish….Small and stocky, he had an aura that he knew he was good.
    Dissapointed he didnt get on but he is only 15 (may have just turned 16) and this is under 18 level. You dont get involved at that age if there is nowt going in your favour……

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