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