Good news last night as the strong Newcastle United Under-18 side stormed through to the 5th round of the FA Youth Cup after a terrific display from Richard Money’s boys at QPR, where they easily advanced to the 5th round of the FA Youth Cup with a convincing 3-1 win.
Richard Money – had bairns well prepared last night – brilliant display
It took Newcastle just 6 minutes at Loftus Road to score their first goal, when Northern Ireland winger Michael McCrudden whipped in a free-kick that was headed home by local load and center-back Jeff Henderson from 8 yards out.
Newcastle started the game like a steam train and 17 year-old Nile Ranger’s brilliant leap and powerful header looked like a goal but QPR goalkeeper Bulmer made a terrific save form the impressive youngster.
Newcastle’s 17 year-old McCrudden then raced through on goal but Bulmer again saved the London side.
Newcastle seemed on top form and the speed with which Newcastle were knocking the ball about with one touch football was not only great to watch, but was causing QPR all sorts of problems for the London lads.
It was 1-0 at the interval but should have been more but for the heroics of QPR goalkeeper Niki-Lee Bulmer, and QPR rallied well after the interval and Max Johnson saved well from Josh Parke.
Then on 58 minutes, a James Tavernier free-kick was then controlled well and hit high into the net by defender James Taylor from just 6 yards out, and the Geordies were two goals up.
The home side tried to rally and Johnson, who hadn’t had too much to do all game, produced a great one-handed save from Ed Harris’s close in drive.
But then the game was put home by the visitors when substitute Dan Williams stabbed the ball into the net from just 12 yards out to make it 3-0, and then Perring managed to pull one back for QPR on 79 minutes.
But this was one terrific performance from the Newcastle youngsters, who put in a sterling performance.
Ashington born and former player Peter Ramage was watching in the stands, and he had to be impressed with the Newcastle youngsters, and of course Peter played for the Youth team many many times in the past, during his development though the Youth Academy.
Job well done by the bairns, and seemingly another good piece of coaching from Richard Money and his staff.
QPR: Niki-Lee Bulmer, Michael Wright, Femi Ilesanmi, Max Ehmer (Elliott Cox, 60m), Ed Harris, Luke Olley (Danny Bailey, 74m), Josh Parker, Andrew Perring, Antonio German, Terry Smith, Cyrus Sylvan-Vanterpool (Christian Nanetti, 70m)
Subs not used: Joe Brittain, Javonne Molloy
NUFC: Max Johnson, James Tavernier, Paul Dummett, Brad Inman, Jeff Henderson, James Taylor, Conor Newton (Dan Williams, 57m) Ryan Donaldson (c), Nile Ranger, Michael McCrudden, Shane Ferguson (Stephen Folan, 83m)
Subs not used: Dan Leadbitter, Jak Alnwick, Greg McDermott
Referee: Mr T Mason