Doninger Hat Trick Gets Another Win For Newcastle Reserves

Newcastle local boy 19 year-old Mark Doninger was Newcastle United’s hat-trick hero last night as he put home an injury-time winner to get  a 3-2 victory over bottom placed Middlebrough at Whitley Park.


19 year-old Mark Doninger – hat trick last night for Gosforth-born lad

The game had looked to be ending in a draw after Middlesbrough had battled back well from two goals down due to a good brace from England youth international Jonathan Franks.

But Doninger then brillaintly sent Kazenga LuaLua’s 93rd-minute corner kick flying into the bottom corner to get another win for this young Newcastle Reserves side.

The Resreves now have 6 wins out of their last 7 games, as they seem to be coming right into form.

And for those readers who have been wondering whatever hapopened to Aaron Spear (the new Wayne Rooney), the 16 year-old came on as  a substitute just 7 minutes from the end of this game.

Newcastle were well on top in the first half but had to wait until the 43rd minute as Doninger hit a powerful strike past Knight from just ten yards out, following a swift Newcastle breakaway.

Nile Ranger was having another good game and he was giving the Middlebrough defense all kinds of trouble, and it was from his sheer skill that the Magpies were awarded a 48th-minute penalty after Knight clipped the heels of the striker.

Doninger easily scored with a well-placed spot-kick for his second goal of the night, and at 2-0 up the 3 points looked safe.

However, Middlebrough rallied well and Franks (74) halved the deficit with a good shot beyond Tim Krul before heading a second on 80 minutes level the scores.

But then Doninger came thought for his 3rd goal and Newcastle got their 6th win in the last seven – and who says we don’t have a really great crop of youngsters coming throiugh?

With Richard Money missing on a secret scouting trip last night, and Hughton and Calderwood both at the Hull-Spurs game,  local lad Alan Thompson was in charge last night, and another win for our new young coach.

The average age of the Reserves side last night was a round 19.

By the way – does anybody know where Ben Tozer has gone – is he out on loan somehwhere?

Newcastle Reserves: Tim Krul, James Tavernier, Darren Lough, Paul Dummett, James Taylor, Jonny Godsmark, Mark Doninger, Kazenga LuaLua, Michael McCrudden (Dan Williams, 59m) Frank Wiafe Danquah (Aaron Spear, 83m) Nile Ranger,
Subs not used: Ole Soderberg, Stewart Bath, Dan Neary

Middlesbrough Reserves: David Knight, Kyle Oliver, Joseph Bennett, Shaun Saiko, Jordan Robinson, Ashley Corker, Peter Gal-Andrezly (Gary Martin, 55m), Richard Smallwood, Jonathan Franks, Nathan Porritt (James Gray, 90m) Tomasz Cronesberry (Patrick Otte, 68m)
Subs not used: Sam Filler, Derick Bassi

12 comments so far

  • club insider

    Feb 24, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #1

    This boy looks good should start getting some 1st team experience real soon !

  • Monster

    Feb 24, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #2

    Ed I think Tozer’s injured.

  • cicero

    Feb 24, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #3

    Richard Money has been missing quite a bit recently; I seem to remember someone posting on this site that he was unhappy at the club and would be gone soon.

    Tozer has been injured but not sure about his progress.

  • waddler

    Feb 24, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #4

    For God’s sake keep buying these kids they are going to make this club great again.
    If we have to pay £500,000 for each of them so be it.
    I wonder who Money was watching.

  • Dan4Toon

    Feb 24, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #5

    Tozer is injured yeah, not sure what he has, i think it was a niggling little injury he got just before Kadar got injured but its just been keeping him till hes 100% !

  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 24, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #6

    From being there – I would single out Doninger, Danquah, Ranger and Lua Lua Lua Lua Lua for 1st team.

    Lua Lua seemed uninterested at times last night. I think he tried to avoid injury – which you can respect if he is in with a chance to get named on the bench for the 1st team (which has been at times of late)

    Aye good match to watch. I recommend going, if you can, to the reserves. Better at SJP but Whitley park is a good venue and the coffee is chpr at 60p too!

  • club insider

    Feb 24, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #7

    Toon Graeme,

    Thanks for the update on the game. Nice to hear so many positives ! Keep up the good work. Do you get to many of the ressie games ?

  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 24, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #8

    Club I –

    Not many – this is my second. The first was against Wigan and it was a superb win at 5 – 0 with Xisco scoring twice (yey) and got injured in the process (boo). That was at SJP and was an excellent atmosphere. About 800 at that match so canny turn out.

    Then last night was my second. I sure Looneytoon goes to them also.

    I did have to get permission from the mrs first and make sure all my chores were done and the boy in bed. 🙂

    I saw a couple of people who I recognise from SJP there last night.

    Its a mixed age too from kids to seniors also.

  • club insider

    Feb 24, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #9

    Toon Graeme,

    Sounds good – lol you have to get the pass stamped !

    I would like to get to them but live 180 odd miles away so I am just able to make the home games. Was born in the north east like but had to move when I was a bairn with me dad’s work.

  • Kash

    Feb 24, 2009 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #10

    What was Spear like when he came on?

  • batty

    Feb 24, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #11

    clubinsder so ware you liveing now m8

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 24, 2009 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #12


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