Carroll Hits Hat-Trick As Reserves Score Six


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.

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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.



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12 comments so far

  • Toon Graeme

    Dec 18, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #1

    Always seems to be good news coming from our young lads.

    Money seems to be doing a good job.

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Dec 18, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #2

    Toon Graeme

    I think you’ll find the best players in the juniors and reserves were in place a long time before Money arrived.

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  • lesh

    Dec 18, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #3

    Augers well for the future but those with the potential must be managed gently (ala Alex Ferguson) so’s they’re hungry yet comfortable that their time will come.

    Great result though, six in the second half, amd i hope that the first team follow the reserves’ example!!

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  • Ausgeordie

    Dec 18, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #4

    I thought it was strange ranger did not score but then I saw he did not play. I think he has been kept to rest and might have a spot on the bench with Dukes this weekend. lets hope so.

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  • Partizan

    Dec 18, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #5

    Always nice to hear when Godsmark scores….my favorite player along with Lua Lua and Ranger.

    Never seen Donaldson….is he good?

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  • Steeley

    Dec 18, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #6

    Ausgeordie, I think out of anyone in the reserves squad that deserves a shot in the big boys league, its definitely Ranger! He’s on FIIIRRREEE! Would be very interesting to give him 15 or 20 mins to see what he can do.

    Only thing is, you then have to unsettle a senior player by not putting him on (i.e. Viduka or Ameobi).

    Being Newcastle manager eh….who’d do it!?

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  • broon ale

    Dec 18, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #7

    zamblera hauled off at half time.. ouch.

    every reserve game I have seen him he has looked so poor!

    he wasn’t even making the squad a few weeks back

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  • Whumpie

    Dec 18, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #8

    Really exciting all this, and it’s going to be a pleasant problem for JFK to work out who gets the 1st team chances when they arise.

    However, for now, let’s not expect too much of that. This season’s all about safety, and until we have that any manager will probably stick with experience.

    (For what it’s worth, I think Kaz Lua Lua is the one who’ll become a 1st team regular first – partly through sheer talent, and partly because we’re missing a player with his abilities.)

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  • The Entertainers

    Dec 18, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #9

    Hate to be cruel, but prehaps hes found his level!

    The lad needs regular games and a seasons loan at a championship club would give him that and us a better idea of his talent.

    However he has had these chances earlier on in his career and he blow it!

    One thing i do know is time is running out for him to make the grade at Newcastle, as we wont hang onto an good reserve for ever!

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  • Stardust

    Dec 18, 2008 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #10

    ED “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.”

    If Mike Ashley is responsible for all the downside of the club – maybe he should take the upside for introducing the youth policy – not Chris Mort as stated..

    Balance and fairness please!

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  • MDS

    Dec 18, 2008 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #11

    Isn’t it time for LuaLua and Kadar to dress for Prem matches? are they simply waiting until January to see what they are able to bring in? I would hate to see someone come along and snatch some of these youngsters up.

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  • Piers

    Dec 18, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #12

    This is really nice to hear…..Hopefully it continues

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