Good news yesterday as Newcastle Reserves beat Sunderland Reserves 2-1, in a game that did not lack pride or passion as referee Steven Cummins gave out 9 yellow cards and sent off Sunderland captain Jack Colback with 14 minutes to go, with Newcastle leading 2-1 at that time.
Nile Ranger – scored first goal of the game
This very young Newcastle Reserves side is being well coached by Richard Money, and the lads were certainly up for the fight with local defenders James Taylor and Jeff Henderson both playing great games, as though their very lives depended on it.
And again it was a certain 17 year-old Nile Ranger, who scored his 5th goal for the Reserves and 19th in total this season, when he leaped above everybody to get to Mark Doninger’s corner kick to head home after 20 minutes, to put Newcastle ahead.
Newcastle had started the game well and deserved to be in the lead, but Sunderland came right back in front of a 1,500 home crowd at the Hetton Center, Hetton-le-Hole.
After 23 minutes Jamie Chandler hit a tremendous drive that goalkeeper Fraser Forster did well to stop, and then an incoming cross from Nathan Luscombe was put only inches over the cross bar by Chandler sliding in at the far post.
But then just before the break, Sunderland equalized as Chandler was through on goal and Forster managed to block the effort, but then David Dowson following up had the ball in the back of the net from 20 yards out.
The game was played in heavy rain and a strong wind, hardly ideal conditions, but then in the second half Taylor set up Godsmark who was put clean through by the promising Ashington-born defender after 54 minutes.
Godsmark took the opportunity well as he placed the ball past the on-rushing Colgan to put Newcastle ahead again.
Sunderland came back strongly and Fraser Forster was in good form in the Newcastle goal, but then on 76 minutes Colback was sent off for a blatant foul on Godsmark.
Right at the end Tamas Kadar made an excellent goal-saving tackle, but was injured in the process and had to be carried off.
The Hungary Under-21 star was taken to hospital after the game and we don’t know exactly how serious his injury is. Hopefully we should find that out today.
Let’s also hope this is a preview of when the first team meet at St. James’ Park a week on Saturday, because we badly need a win in that game.
Newcastle United Reserves: Forster, Taylor, Lough, Doninger (Inman 68), Henderson (Dummett 81), Kadar (McDermott 88), Godsmark, Donaldson, Ranger, LuaLua, Danquah
Subs n/u: Soderberg, Williams