Newcastle Reserves, who are really a collection of our best youngsters, scored a stunning six goals in the second half at Brunton Park last night, after being a goal behind at the interval. Carlisle didn’t know what hit them.
Andrew Carroll – second half hat trick last night
The average age of the side was around 18, with old man David Edgar the oldest player on Newcastle’s at 21.
The game was in the totesportcasino.com League Cup and the lads were behind due to a 16th minute header from center-half Tom Aldred, but the youngsters have never been shrinking violets, they never know when they are beaten, and they came out in the second half with all guns blazing. No doubt that was under the orders of coach Richard Money.
The second half turned into a rout as Andy Carroll rattled in an excellent hat-trick to make his tally 6 goals for the Reserves this season, and Kazenga LuaLua, Jonny Godsmark and half-time substitute Sam Ameobi (Shola’s younger brother) also scored.
In Newcastle’s last outing in the competition, away to Hartlepool, young Ameobi had come off the bench to lead a comeback by scoring two goals, as you may remember.
And Ameobi scored again, when he got Newcastle’s first goal on 52 minutes, with a strong 16-yard drive after Kazenga LuaLua and Jonny Godsmark had combined well to create the opening.
There were three goals scored in the space of just six minutes, as Carroll scored his first on 54 minutes, with a low left-foot drive from 18 yards out, before latching onto a loose ball and firing home again from 18 yards on 58 minutes.
LuaLua made it 4-1 on 73 minutes with a good 25-yard drive and Carroll completed his hat-trick a minute later by holding off challenges from the Carlisle defenders before firing home.
Newcastle’s sixth and final goal came on 77 minutes when Jonny Godsmark scored with a low drive from just inside the penalty area.
Newcastle have six points from their three matches in the competition and have a match against Sunderland in mid-January, which could be all important.
Joe Kinnear will need to keep a check on some these boys coming through, and we notice Andy Carroll keeps scoring goals to keep his name in that first team squad.
We certainly have a great bunch of youngsters at the club right now, and not all of them play for the youth side (Under-18s), even though most of them qualify through age.
We’re beginning to really like the youth policy that has been put in place at the club, initially by Chris Mort, and it can only auger well for the future and possibly save the club millions in the transfer market in the future.
Maybe, just maybe we’re not as bad off as we once thought. Hope do. 😀
Newcastle United: Ole Soderberg, James Tavernier, Darren Lough, Mark Doninger, David Edgar (Jeff Henderson 78m), Tamas Kadar, Jonny Godsmark, Frank Wiafe Danquah (Shane Ferguson 45m), Fabio Zamblera (Sam Ameobi 45m), Andy Carroll, Kazenga LuaLua.
Subs not used: Max Johnson, Greg McDermott.