Haris Vukcic Wins Game For Reserves With Superb Goal

We had mentioned yesterday that our new Slovenian 16 year-old midfielder Haris Vukcic, was opening eyes at Newcastle with his superb form, and he won the game for Newcastle Reserves last night at Blackburn, in his Reserves debut.


Haris Vukcic – scored winning goal last night in Reserves debut

Newcastle United’s top 16 year old came off the bench last night to grab the only goal of the game at Ewood Park, to give the Reserves their 4th win in the last 5 games.

The Reserves now leapfrog Blackburn in the league and are now in 3rd position, behind Sunderland and Manchester City.

The 16-year-old arrived on Tyneside only last month, to some fanfare, and was making his Reserve team debut when he came on as a substitute after 67 minutes.

And with just 15 minutes left, Vukcic produced the one touch of class in an otherwise very forgettable game, as he drove the ball into the bottom corner of the net from 20 yards out, and registered a double for the lads over Blackburn Reserves this season.

Before that, chances had been at a premium for either side and the first half was more than a forgettable affair as both teams were well matched.

Alan Smith captained the side for the 3rd game in a row, and he came through another 90 minutes and we expect him to be on the bench for the important game against Everton on Sunday afternoon.

Alan played in midfield and was his usual combative self, and is now definitely coming back to full match fitness.

Colin Calderwood again took charge of the Reserves last night, to give Richard Money some help on the coaching side, and was delighted with the spirit of this young Newcastle side, who seemed inspired by the tenacity of captain Alan Smith in midfield.

Calderwood said:

“We had a few younger lads out tonight but their attitude was terrific and it was a real battle in the second-half.”

“The goal was the only real moment of class on the night and it was a finish which was worthy of winning a match.”

“It was a super goal and a very cultured finish.” “He’s (Vukcic) only recently joined us and he is a player Richard Money has followed for quite some time.”

“We can see for a young man he has got good awareness and he looks quite exciting and we hope he progresses.”

This young Sloverinian lad needs to be watched, because he could well make the breakthrough to first team football much quicker than anybody thought – we hope so anyway.

Newcastle United: Fraser Forster, James Tavernier, Darren Lough, Mark Doninger (Brad Inman, 67m), James Taylor, Jeff Henderson, Ryan Donaldson (Jonny Godsmark, 59m), Alan Smith, Nile Ranger, Kazenga LuaLua , Frank Wiafe Danquah (Haris Vukcic, 67m)
Subs: Max Johnson, Paul Dummett

28 comments so far

  • edwincjx

    Feb 17, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #1

    wicked 😀

  • Partizan

    Feb 17, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #2

    Does anyone have a link of his goal??

  • magpies1

    Feb 17, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #3

    is there any sites where we can watch the goals from the reserves games? cheers

  • Patrick2349

    Feb 17, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #4

    The lad looks exciting!

  • Partizan

    Feb 17, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #5

    If he continues to grow so fast,he’ll be like Peter Crouch in few years.

    6’2 and only 16

  • Tom4Nufc

    Feb 17, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #6

    Well, whats the one thing Newcastle are missing in midfeild? Creativity.

    Where does this guy play? CAM

    He just needs to keep playing well, and we must give him a chance!

  • Born Again Geordie

    Feb 17, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #7

    Lets hope for a win for the 1st team on Sunday !!!

    Gan on Oba sonner !!!

  • Tom4Nufc

    Feb 17, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #8

    isnt it saturday 3:30? lol

  • Toon_Factor

    Feb 17, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #9

    Thats the 3rd game Alan Smith has played in the reserves and hasnt scored, what a terrible player, needs to be sold in the summer!!!!

  • Born Again Geordie

    Feb 17, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #10

    Alan Smith couldn’t score in the Bigg market an a Saturday Night !! lol 😀

  • Partizan

    Feb 17, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #11

    How bout we play Smith as a GK 🙂

  • MarkO

    Feb 17, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #12

    I was at the game last night and here is how I rated our players:
    Fraser Forster – 7
    James Tavernier – 9
    Darren Lough – 7
    Mark Doninger – 6
    Brad Inman (sub) – 6
    James Taylor – 6
    Jeff Henderson – 7
    Ryan Donaldson – 6
    Jonny Godsmark (sub) – 7
    Alan Smith – 8
    Nile Ranger – 6
    Kazenga LuaLua – 8
    Frank Wiafe Danquah – 6
    Haris Vukcic (sub) – 9

    The stand out players were Smith, Vukcic, LuaLua and Tavernier they all looked a different class and should all get a look in the first team, but obviously only Smith will.

  • Toon_Factor

    Feb 17, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #13

    How scary must it be for Haris Vukcic to move from Sloverinia to Newcastle at that age, Im the same age as him and a wouldnt move that far away from here, hope he does well!

  • Sav

    Feb 17, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #14

    Viduka out, Vukcic in!

  • waddler

    Feb 17, 2009 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #15

    Were do our reserve and youth teams play and how much does it cost to watch them.
    I want to watch them next season.

  • punk skunk...

    Feb 17, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #16

    Toon Factor,
    Even if it was to play for the Toon?

  • punk skunk...

    Feb 17, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #17

    All our players, coaches, board & fans out!..

  • pk08

    Feb 17, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #18

    what a ridiculous last statement about breaking through, ranger is scoring goals for fun at reserve and u18 level, nothing written about him – such tabloid writing!

  • Whumpie

    Feb 17, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #19

    For a start, get off Smith’s back: he was playing central, defensive midfield, for chrissakes – why should he score when the strikers didn’t??

    MarkO – ta lots for that entry, really interesting. I’m still a big fan of Lua Lua, but it’s interesting that you rate Tavernier so highly. I know nowt about him; what’s his usual position, and how old is he? No chance that he’s a 20-year-old natually defensive lef-back, I suppose?

  • Whumpie

    Feb 17, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #20

    All of this is the real reason why I’m actually starting to believe this new club strategy may work. We’ve got at least six younguns who are showing the kind of promise that can lead to major players in the 1st team, and I think most premiership clubs would kill for our current crop.

    And waddler – I’d definitely recommend going to reserve games. I only managed the one before I had to move south, but it was well worth the £8 to see the likes of Lua Lua and Carroll in action.

  • LoonyToon @ graft

    Feb 17, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #21

    Tavernier is absolute quality Whumpie lad….

    Has been playing right back but also plays centre half….cool and composed on the ball and his positioning is second to none….

    er £8 to watch the reserves though? uve had ur eyes out kid…..free if ur a season ticket holder. £3 if ur not…..

    smashing to hear that one of the new lads showed a touch of class…..

    the reserves/academy is starting to grow nicely….LuaLua, Ranger, Tavernier, Vuckic, Tozer, Kadar, Forster and in the not to distant future maybe Mr Aaron Spear…..Baheng is also due back soon while we do have a quality young left back in Shane Ferguson….needs to “beef up” at touch but he is sharp, good in tackle and loves to get forward….

    Futures bright, futures black and white…

  • TheDan

    Feb 17, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #22

    Its free if you have a season ticket for home games.
    It is either at blue flames or st james’. I’ve been to a few and to be honest they’ve been canny turd

  • TheDan

    Feb 17, 2009 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #23

    Or its generally £1.50 kids, £3 adults I think.


    Feb 17, 2009 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #24

    since the beginning ashley and co. has said that they want to emulate arsenals model. i just hope that we can stay up to see these kids come good because if we go down they’ll all be sold.

    i’m willing to give smith another chance to prove himself..we need all the help we can get from midfield.

  • TheDan

    Feb 17, 2009 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #25

    Torontoon same here,
    I personally think he’ll come good.

  • MDS

    Feb 17, 2009 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #26

    I really think we need to see Lua Lua, Ranger, and two of the defenders with the fist team next year- at a minimum

  • repo

    Feb 18, 2009 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #27

    That pic of him..

    christ he’s had a hard paper round he doesnt look like 16 he looks like mid 30’s

    stick him in over the likes of butt..

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 18, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #28


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