Newcastle Out Of FA Youth Cup – But What A Comeback!

We’ll have to wait at least another year before we can win the FA Youth Cup again as the bairns were beaten 4-2 at holders Manchester City (at Eastlands) last night.


Haris Vuckic – played for Newcastle Under-18s against City

However, Richard Money’s side gave a good account of themselves in the end and Manchester’s 4th goal was the last kick of the game, as the Newcastle young guns were going all out for an equalizer with just 10 men.

And recently signed 16 year-old Haris Vuckic made his debut last night in the Magpies side, as he played the first 45 minutes. Haris is the 6’3″ Slovenian midfielder who AC Milan tried to sign, before Newcastle got him to Tyneside last month.

Brad Inman had been sent off after 64 minutes for two successively given yellow cards, both for dissent.

In fact it looked like the lads were going down to a big defeat, after Manchester City seemed to be cruising through the game by half time.

City went ahead after 37 minutes, when left-back Gregory Cunningham jumped above everybody, to beautifully head home Kieran Trippier’s far-post corner.

Until then City hadn’t threatened too much but the goal seemed to wake up the City side, and they lay siege to the Newcastle goal as they attacked continually.

Manchester doubled their advantage before the break when Mak made space for himself nicely in the penalty area, before firing home past Newcastle goalkeeper Max Johnson.

Almost immediately Max laid another opportunity on a plate for Liberian Alex Nimley, but goalkeeper Johnson saved well.

It was 2-0 at the interval.

Newcastle tried hard to get back into the game but after 61 minutes City got their third goal when Trippier put through a great through ball for Benali to run onto. He rounded goalkeeper Johnson before laying it on a plate for Nimley to fire home the third goal.

Newcastle’s situation looked even more dire when Inman was sent off 3 minutes later for dissent, after letting his frustrations get the better of him.

10 men and 3 goals down against the holders – what do you do?

Well our youngsters came fighting back in true Geordie fashion, and LuaLua, after 76 minutes got Newcastle’s first goal from 25 yards out, as he hit a crisp low shot into the net.

And then with only a few minutes left, LuaLua scored his second, and Newcastle packed all their men forward to go for the equalizer.

They were caught upfield, and with the last kick of the game, Mak managed to score through the legs of Johnson, and it was 4-2, and the bairns are out of the FA Youth Cup.

But the lads proved that Richard Money’s task of building a world class Youth Academy at Newcastle, while we still have a long way to go, is nevertheless making good progress.

Well done to the youngsters for a great fighting effort last night.

Newcastle United: Max Johnson, James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, Ryan Donaldson (c), James Taylor, Jeff Henderson, Michael McCrudden, Brad Inman, Nile Ranger, Haris Vuckic (Paul Dummett, 45m) Kazenga LuaLua

Subs not used: Sammy Ameobi, Jak Alnwick, Dan Williams, Greg McDermott

40 comments so far

  • MarkO

    Feb 5, 2009 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #1

    Tavernier played amazing in that game.

  • ronaldeano

    Feb 5, 2009 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #2

    Hard lines!

  • Ericles

    Feb 5, 2009 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #3

    Sad to hear. Nonetheless the lads have done very well and deserve our congratulations. They will have benfited by the experience wgich can only be good for NUFC. Well done youngsters.

  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 5, 2009 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #4

    Nevermind lads. Just like the first team eh? 🙂

    Sorry bout that.

  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 5, 2009 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #5

    Seriously though, Money has done a good job with the young lads and they seem to be doing well. At least that part of MA master plan is working. The fruits of their effort will help them break into the first team at some point.

    Well done to them for getting as far as they did.

  • repo

    Feb 5, 2009 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #6

    Haris Vuckic must be that good he was taken off at half time..

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Feb 5, 2009 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #7

    The Journals Hideline this morning is encouraging boys….’Mike Ashley intends to spend more time running NUFC’ …….

    Just spoke to the Journo reporting on this…..he said he didnt manage to fit the ‘INTO THE GROUND’ bit at the end of the headline, there was no column inches left…….


  • kellan

    Feb 5, 2009 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #8

    I went to the game we were well beaten. City had two goals disallowed and missed a number of other chances as well as hitting the bar. Vuckic was not very effective at all.
    Inmann was sent off not Donaldson. Lua Lua was by far our best player.
    Cuty had a number of very good players and generally out-classed us in all areas I am sorry to say.

  • batty

    Feb 5, 2009 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #9
  • Mark-o

    Feb 5, 2009 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #10

    Did any one go to the meeting last night at the Irish Centre. I had to work late and couldnt make it! What was the crack anyone?
    P.S. Great name post No1 haha 🙂

  • Brettoon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #11

    I just hope we start playing these kids…

    Everton with those two players yesterday looked great. We need to give them a chance

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Feb 5, 2009 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #12


    I believe you told me to have faith and wait n see what happened in the transfer window before slagging ‘Big Mikey’ off??

    Come on then?? Lets hear it?? What did he do for us in the transfer window apart from make himself a nice big fat profit…………

    3 players in, 3 players out…..

    YES 3 Out, Zamblera gone, you know the promising youngster that Big Mikey is buying to take the club forward…… sum total is about nine mill profit and for me a further weakened squad… Nolan any better than Insomnia?? Is Lovenkrands as much value to the club as Given, Taylor good signing…………at least he wont score against us in the future………..

    Sorry,, but your blind optimism that CASHLEY will do anything to improve this club is just what it says on the tin…….BLIND!! Profit profit profit, if he can turn it by filling the club with cheap dross players and manage to maintain Prem survival……..its good enuff for Mikey!!

  • batty

    Feb 5, 2009 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #13

    MARKOtheres a protest march before the everton game starts at 3 oclock at the monument and go to SJPmate

  • kellan

    Feb 5, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #14

    Believe me none of the academy players on view last night with the exception of Lua Lua are anywhere near the level required for the Premiership and that includes Ranger and Donaldson. On the positive side both our full backs look as if they could develop into more than useful players.

  • batty

    Feb 5, 2009 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #15

    toon grame sum one has wrote in the journol that the nufc blog is a waste ov time and called ED a tard and most ov the people who go on it ha

  • LJA0210

    Feb 5, 2009 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #16

    protest against what? and thats just what the team needs at the moment isnt it i think that forum post may have been right… bloody protesting TARDS

  • bennytoon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #17

    9 batty // Feb 5, 2009 at 9:47 AM stardust i reckon

    Thats brilliant. I wonder if the tards they are on about are sirjasontoon,valle,and ryantoon. I may have to join.

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Feb 5, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #18

    You dare not have an opinion of the current management team (a joke in itself) at St James’.

    Spend your hard earned and take the mismanagement, dross football and major fleecing of fans money Like a man for god sake…

    Mike Cashley has a right to fleece us all….he paid off all the debt you know!!

    And we are TARDS???

  • batty

    Feb 5, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #19

    bennytoon how do you keep gettin on here m8 are you useing proxy

  • WesToon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #20

    Well Well Well bennytoon the GLORY HUNTER is back AGAIN

    So little D!ckhead are you supporting arsenal or spurs today,u PATHETIC idiot

    Once again,i ask you… How many TOON fans do you see on a spud blog EVERYDAY OF THEIR LIVES????


    You are really disturbed son…. run away now your mam is calling you for some bitty

    You are the only tard around,you little fudge packer

  • bennytoon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #21

    westoon- i am a mancity youth supporter today. 4-2, we beat the scum 4-2.

  • Stardust

    Feb 5, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #22

    Angryman – we have had 50 odd years of running it your way – time for mine. You way got you nothing but a mountain of debt. Give me 50 years and we can do no worse.

  • bennytoon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #23

    Angryman- I would get used to it. What makes you think you deserve anything more. You are no worse off than the majority of fans up and down the country. In fact there are bigger teams who have it worse such as forest , derby and leeds.

  • Kash

    Feb 5, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #24

    BELTER!!!! Another protest march!!!

    Those NUSC people really know how to manage the mob, what next? RIOTS!!!

  • Kash

    Feb 5, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #25

    Benny did you post me another joke yesterday?

  • bennytoon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #26

    kash- i will find you one today if i have time.

  • bennytoon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #27

    Q: What do Toon fans and laxatives have in common?
    A: Both irritate the absolute crap out of you.

  • Kash

    Feb 5, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #28

    WAsn’t as funny as the other one Benny! Come on you can do better than that!

  • bennytoon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #29

    Just like to point out that spurs are still in the cup. We play plymouth tonight (which i am going to) and will then have arsenal at home.

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #30


    You wanted till the end of the transfer window….

    eesh….give you a month… take 50 years!! LOL

  • Kash

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #31

    Was that meant to be a joke Benny?

  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #32


  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #33

    So beating Plymouth is as far as you go then Bennytoon……….

    I dont normally answer you on here, my boy, only talk to the posters with at least half an ounce of brain and bottle, but since half of the guys on here have you and your mum summed up, i was wondering if i could have her number aswell, or which phone box do i get it from??

    You must love your team sooooo much you always just post on NUFC wall…..Huge chip that mate, its huge…….yo mamma

  • Ross

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #34

    bennytoon-man city wouldnt exactly call us the scum would they son.

  • WesToon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #35

    BennyToon aka Glory Hunter,i know why you are on here always,because no one on YOUR OWN blog even likes,so you search for somewhere else BUT guess what mate……


    In all honesty lads,how patheticly desperate must a “modern human” be????

    How does an opposition fan,spend ALL DAY,EVERYDAY on another teams blog
    AKA TWUNT FACE….. Its boderline scary mate

    Twunt face, Oh Twunt face…. Who’s that calling you bennytoon???? Oh its your mam…. She says bitty is ready for you!!!!

  • Mags

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #36

    Batty – Everyone, it is NOT a protest as such, but a rally in support of our club, organised by NUSC with the clearance of council and cops for this to take place, thereafter everyone will be going to the match won’t they?

    Another suggestion is that we should all wear t-shirts for this game.

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #37

    What woudl you get if you crossed a TOON fan with a SPUDS fan???

    NOWT……..Your joking, do you think a Toon fan is dumb enough to sleep with a big spending underachieving JAFFA

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #38

    Bennytoon is lonely.
    He derives joy from getting us all to bite….
    Lets all just agree with him. Spurs are champions league quality, streets ahead of us, and whip our arses whenever we dare look at them….

    Bennytoon will disappear…..into the big pork pie oven in the sky, he’ll enjoy that better!

  • cooldj

    Feb 5, 2009 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #39 says it was donaldson

    Team: Johnson, Tavernier, Ferguson, Donaldson, Taylor, Henderson, McCrudden, Inman, Ranger, Vuckic (Dummett 46), LuaLua.
    Subs: Ameobi, Alnwick, Williams, McDermott.

    Sent off: Donaldson (second yellow)

    Booked: Donaldson, Henderson

    Crowd: 905

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #40



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