Newcastle United Reserves had a good win last night, when they beat Leeds United 2-0 at Whitley Park, and it was two more goals from Amble-born Phil Airey that got Newcastle the win.
Phil Airey – smashes in his second goal last night
Both of Phil’s goals came in the first half.
The first was after 10 minutes when Leeds goalkeeper made a hash of a goal kick, and Ryan Donaldson got the ball and put it straight through to Airey, who ran clear before slotting the ball home in style.
Then on 34 minutes Frank Danquah put in a nice cross and Phil Airey smashed the ball home at the far post, and it was 2-0.
Both Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood were there to see the game, and there’s no doubt this boy, who turned 19 last month, is a shining light in our U-18 Youth side, who are already in the quarter finals of the FA Youth Cup.
If Newcastle win the Championship and the youngsters win the FA Youth Cup this year – wouldn’t that be something?
Phil turned 19 last month, so we would hope to see him start pushing for an opportunity in the first team.
Alan Thompson talked about Phil’s goals after the game:
“He took his two goals well. We worked in the warm-up with the strikers on their finishing and tried to get them to pick their spot rather than lash it and it was nice to see him do that with his first.”
“Frank Danquah supplied a good cross for his second and that goal gave us a bit of a cushion.” “But I was delighted with the lads and again we had some very good performances out there.”
“We picked up where we left off in the last game and played some good stuff at times.” “The lads are enjoying being back playing matches and that is showing in what they’re doing on the field.”
Alan Thompson is doing a good job as Manager of Newcastle Reserves this season, and he should know what it takes to step up to the first team, as he had a very successful career playing at Newcastle, Bolton, Aston Villa and Celtic with over 400 first class appearances.
Alan talked about what Phil now needs to do in his career:
“Over the next 12 months Phil’s aim has to be to break through into the first-team group,”
“He’s found his best position now as a centre-forward and he has the athleticism and threat you need in that role.”
“He has to continue doing what he’s doing for the under-18 side and become a regular for the reserves.”
“But the big challenge is to make that step up to the first-team base.”
“Then it is to see if he can be part of the training group and handle the higher tempo and the higher standard.”
It will be interesting to see if Phil can make the step up over the next 12 months.
Newcastle will now play Crystal Palace in the quarter finals of the FA Youth Cup after the London side beat Hull City 4-1 last Thursday night.
The game will be played at St. James’ Park.