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