Kazenga LuaLua signaled his return to full fitness and form on Tuesday night with two well taken goals to take the bairns through to the 4th round of the FA Youth Cup in front of watching Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear.
Kazenga LuaLua – two goal hero on Tuesday night
The Newcastle Academy product and younger brother of former Newcastle striker Lomana LuaLua said yesterday (his 18th birthday):
“I can celebrate my birthday very happily today.”
It was a really good birthday present, and a really good win.”
“We just want to continue our progress in the competition.”
Of course last season the youngsters were knocked out at the first hurdle at St. James’ Park, when Shrewsbury Town scored a last minute winner to eliminate the Magpies last December, with Big Sam looking on.
So it was good to see the lads go through even though the result was close, and LuaLua’s winning goal came with just 3 minutes remaining in the game.
“We should have won the game last year, and it was disappointing to go out early.” “It’s an important competition.”
“You always want to play in the Youth Cup, and it was a really good night for us.”
It was a good team effort by the Under-18 side, and it was their 10th win on the tort. Sam Ameobi had a good game, with older brother Shola showing his support from the stands, and the crowd was around 1,100 for the game, which wasn’t too bad.
Another teenager who came on as substitute was Greg McDermott, who came on in front of his dad, former Liverpool and Newcastle great, Terry McDermott, who was also in the crowd on Tuesday evening.
Speaking about his two goals on Tuesday night, LuaLua continued:
“For the first goal it was a good pass from Ryan Donaldson, and a good goal.”
“At first I tried to pass to Nile, but then I just hit it, and when it went into the back of the net I was really pleased.” “We needed an early goal.”
“We tried to score a second, but they made it 1-1. I scored with five minutes left in the game, and we were happy to go through.”
“When they scored, they started to dominate us.”
Of course, to the dismlay of then manager kevin Keegan, Kazenga injured himself playing tennis during the summer before suffering a new ankle injury in a friendly with Newcastle Blue Star earlier in the season.
“That’s all behind me now.” “I was injured for three months because I played tennis, which was silly.” “I’m just happy to play football again.”
“I’m feeling fit. I played the full game, and I’m feeling good.” “There are no problems at all.”
Kazenga has been a standout for a couple of years now at Newcastle, but we’ll just have to see how much Joe Kinnear will give chances to some of our younger players. LuaLua has appeared 5 times as a sub for Newcastle United so far in his career.
But don’t be surprised if LuaLua makes the first team squad for the trip to Portsmouth this weekend.
He deserves it.