For the 3rd time in 5 years Newcastle United are in the last four of the famous FA Youth Cup.
Joe Joyce – delighted with the win
The lads beat Crystal Palace 4-2 at St. James” Park.
Newcastle went two up in the first half through goals by Connor Newton and Samuel Adjei, but Crystal Palace came back to score from a penalty and the score was 2-1 at the break.
And Crystal Palace missed another penalty in that first half when impressive youngster Jak Alnwick made a magnificent save and his second penalty save in successive rounds.
Palace got their first goal within a couple of minutes of the penalty save from Alnick, from another penalty.
In an exciting game Newcastle moved forward and second half goals from Phil Airey (53 mins) and Sammy Ameobi (78 mins) put Newcastle 4-1 up before Palace got their second goal on 80 minutes.
Academy manager spoke after the game and was obviously proud of his youngsters:
“It was a great cup tie,” “There were twists and turns, goals, good football and it was good physical encounter.””Fortunately we were the team which came out on top and I’m very, very proud of the lads once again.”
“The first goal came at the right time for us because they had started well,”
“It was good to get a second so quickly following the mistake at the back and that allowed us to be the team that was composed and we then passed the ball well.”
“We were in control but got a little complacent towards the end of the first half and allowed Palace back into it.”
“Jak Alnwick has made a great save from the first penalty and I’ve never seen two penalties come around so quickly.”
“Unfortunately he couldn’t save the second one and we only went in one ahead at half-time.”
“We told the lads they had done well but they had to be patient and continue to move the ball around and we said that chances would come.”
“We always say to the players that they will make mistakes and Paul was disappointed at half-time,” he added, “But it shows the character of him and the team that they encouraged him and to make that run and cross for the goal fully made up for giving away the penalties.”
Newcastle will now play Aston Villa or Fulham in the semi-finals.
Newcastle have won the FA Youth Cup on two occasions, back in 1962 and again in 1985.
Chelsea have already advanced to the last four when they beat Watford away 4-0 last week.
The other remaining sides still in the competition are Blackburn Rovers and Everton, who have yet to meet in another quarter final.