Baheng Gets Winner In Newcastle Reserves Win

Newcastle United Reserves got their season off to a winning start at St, James’ Oark last night with a tidy 1-0 win over Bradford City.


Baheng slots home the winner on 59 minutes

And it was 19 year-old French youngster Wesley Ngo Baheng, who scored the winning goal after 59 minutes to claim victory for a very young Reserves side.

Baheng receiving a good pass from 18 year-old Bradford born James Tavernier, beat his man inside the box, and as shown above directed a low, left-footed shot between goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin, and the post on 59 minutes.

Baheng had earlier missed a great chance in the first half, when 18 year-old Kazenga LuaLua put in a beautiful cross, but the unmarked Frenchman was unable to hit the net from just 6 yards out, with goalkeeper McLaughlin saving easily.

Ole Soderberg made a couple of good saves in the game to save his side, as he turned Leon Osborne’s powerful strike around the post , and with just 15 minutes remaining again saved Newcastle.

This time Bradford striker Rory Boulding stole the ball from Ben Tozer, and hit a beautiful rising drive which seemed destined for the top corner of the net until the Swede got a palm to the ball and turned the ball over the bar.

But it was Reserve team coach Alan Thompson’s youngsters who took all 3 points in front of watching first-team coaches Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood, and a rather disappointing crowd of just over 400.


Newcastle Reserves: Ole Soderberg, James Tavernier, Ben Tozer, Darren Lough, Paul Dummett, Samuel Adjei (Phil Airey, 54m), Patrick McLaughlin, Greg McDermott (Conor Newton, 73m), Frank Wiafe Danquah, Kazenga LuaLua, Wesley Ngo Baheng (Sammy Ameobi, 80m)
Subs n/u: Stephen Folan, Michael McCrudden

Bradford City Reserves: Jon McLaughlin, Jonathan Bateson, Louis Horne, Luke Sharry, Phil Cutler, Matthew Clarke, Clive Moyo-Modise (Nathan Clarke, 77m) Alex Flett (Ben Green, 90m) Rory Boudling, Tomi Amoebi, Leon Osborne (Ryan Harrison, 68m)
Subs n/u: Matthew Convey, Ben Hudson

Referee: T Harrington

8 comments so far

  • Purely Belter

    Sep 9, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #1

    there are more and more ameobi’s coming through…

    u reckon there are anymore brambles to bless us with their talent????

  • Flan

    Sep 9, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #2

    Where’s Aaron Spear gone to?

  • Bill F

    Sep 9, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #3

    I reckon there are many (if not all) of them capable of having a stint in the first team. And please don’t anyone say they are too young. They are old enough to vote or even die for their country/s, also (and this has been said many times by a lot of us) if they are good enough then they are old enough.

  • Bill F

    Sep 9, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #4

    Flan, I have posed the same question more than once, with no response from other bloggers, so don’t be dissapointed by the same.

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 9, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #5

    As far as I know Aaron Spear still plays for the Academy and has not yet stepped up to the reserve team. He’s still only 16/17 so plenty time for that.

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 9, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #6

    He was an unused sub the other day in the U18’s 3-1 win against Man City.,,10278~1789187,00.html

    I know someone once attached “the next Rooney” tag to him but I think that might have been a slight exaggeration. Apparently Arsenal looked at him extensively over the period of a few months and decided not to pursue him – and if I’d trust anyone’s opinion on youth talent it would be his of the packet of sweets and the cheeky smile.

  • DJG

    Sep 9, 2009 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #7

    LuaLua is the only one good enough for the first team and even though his pace and trickery is good enough he doesnt have the all round game to play for the first team yet IMO. The coaches need to teach him when to release the ball ect.
    Nile Ranger is first team material, Baheng worked hard and deserved his goal but has some way to go yet. If he can keep scoring in the reserves though he will do himself no harm.

  • tripp

    Sep 9, 2009 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #8

    well, Baheng was knackered for most of last season with that knee injury. May take him some wee games tae get his match sharpness back.


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