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