Nile Ranger On Target Again In Reserves Win

After the disappointment of giving away a late goal at Hull City last week, Newcastle Reserves got back on the winning track again last night.


Nile Ranger – scored again last night in Reserves win

Newcastle United Reserves came from behind against Everton at Whitley Park on Monday night, to get a welcome 2-1 win, and take themselves to second place in the Barclays Premier Reserve League North – behind Sunderland.

And both Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood were there to watch the game along with first team players Jonas Gutierrez and Sebastien Bassong. We’re always impressed with first teamers who turn up to support the youngsters at the club, so it’s good that Seb and Jonas attended the game last night at Whitley Park.

Richard Money’s young guns extended their unbeaten run to six matches, but it was the visitors who took the lead on 15 minutes when center-back Cory Sinnott put the ball home at the far post from Eunan O’Kane’s free-kick from the left.

Jonny Godsmark came the nearest to equalizing before the break when his delicate lob beat goal keeper Iain Turner but James McCarten headed off the line.

Richard money has these lads well copached and they remianed patient until the 65th minute when top scorer Mark Doninger headed past Turner from James Tavernier’s excellent cross.

After that goal it was all Newcastle and Kazenga LuaLua was unlucky when his low shot was kept out by the leg of Tuner, and then the keeper somehow managed to punch clear from Frank Wiafe Danquah’s shot from the rebound. It was a great double save by the goalkeeper.

But then Newcastle got the deserved winner from goal machine Nile Ranger, when the 17 year old punished Shane Duffy for his hesitancy on the ball, and then shot well beyond  Turner and into the back of the net from 18 yards out – something this lad does with ease, for his 21st goal for Newcastle sides this season.

A good win for this very young Reserves side, who have now won 5 of their last 6 games.

Newcastle United Reserves: Tim Krul, James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson (Paul Dummett, 85m), James Taylor, Darren Lough, Mark Doninger, Kazenga LuaLua, Jonny Godsmark, Frank Wiafe Danquah, Nile Ranger, Wesley Ngo Baheng (Michael McCrudden, 87m)
Subs n/u Ole Soderberg, Callum Morris, Brad Inman

Everton: Iain Turner, John Irving, Moses Barnett, James Wallace, Cory Sinnott, James McCarten (Shane Duffy, 68m) Eunan O’Kane (Scott Spencer, 41m), Hope Akpan, Kieran Agard, Jose Baxter (Nathan Craig, 90m) John Paul Kissock
Subs n/u Lars Stubhaug. Gerard Kinsella

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 17, 2009 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #1

    Think Nile should be given some 1st team action,sooner rather than later.

  • geordie jock

    Mar 17, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #2

    Agreed sirjason give a few of the youngsters a go and get rid of some of the deadwood out of the first team ( anybody at the moment )

  • komfort

    Mar 17, 2009 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #3

    sirjason , and promote richard money to first team affairs..looks like he knows how to set a team up and send them out with clear instructions unlike others.

  • aus_toon_todd

    Mar 17, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #4

    this guy should hopefully shoot us back up to the big league.

  • roscoe

    Mar 17, 2009 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #5

    37pts = SAFE!

  • Whumpie

    Mar 17, 2009 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #6

    Putting 21 goals past reserve defences is not a qualification for putting any past the big boys – too soon and you kill the confidence that brings the skill in the first place.

    I’m all for keeping these guys back a bit and bringing them in slowly (as they are with Kaz) – but you have to be excited about the prospects of Ranger, Lua Lua and Doninger.

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 17, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #7

    Aye cracking mate – I said this earlier – the second half was like a rocket had been shoved up their ar$es by Money. Everton were a good team and played the ball well.

    Very entertaining – I do recommend that if you can go – go to a reserve match. Its a good night out.

    Donninger, Ranger, Baheng & Danquah stood out for me. I also like Shane Ferguson.

    Overall a good fighting team effort – Take note Chris!!!!!

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 17, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #8

    Forgot to mention Lua Lua.

    Whumpie – agreed. I think the boys will be muscled off the ball easily by the big lads of the premiership.

  • Whumpie

    Mar 17, 2009 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #9

    I’ll second what Toon Graeme says about attending these games. Also, if you have a subscription to NUFC TV, it’s well worth watching the highlights for the reserves matches. They usually show a lot more skill and commitment than anything on Match of the Day…

  • RyanToon

    Mar 17, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #10

    get the magpie ranger in the side 😉

  • Ericles

    Mar 17, 2009 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #11

    Lot of sense been said here. Give the young lads a chance. Turn our dead wood into driftwood!

  • Nick 69

    Mar 17, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #12

    we need to start giving the youngsters some playing time in the 1st team if we want them to develop, they are at the right age now where they should be given 20 mins here and there or theyll end up like most of our other youngsters who cant progress anymore in the reserves but dont get any 1st team time and end up in league 2

  • sahota

    Mar 17, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #13

    Atleast they win matches. So better to go to reserve games than first team 🙂

  • heavyhittas

    Mar 19, 2009 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #14

    The young kids have never been given a chance at this club. I heard a story the other day about a bloke who has a box at SJP and his son has been invited to both NUFC and SAFC and his Dad told him he’d be better off going to Sunderland, if thats true as I’ve been led to believe it speaks volumes about whats happening at our club.


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