Three of the four FA Youth Cup semi-final ties have been announced by the English FA.
The games are two-legged ties played at home and away.
Only the first leg of the Newcastle vs Aston Villa game has so far been arranged, and that will take place next Saturday evening at St. James’ Park KO 7:00pm :
Newcastle vs Aston Villa Saturday 20th March, KO 7:00 pm
The away tie at Aston Villa will be duly announced by the FA once it is set up.
In the other semi-final between Chelsea and Blackburn Rovers, the ties have been arranged as follows:
Blackburn vs Chelsea Wednesday, 17th March KO 7:00pm
Chelsea vs Blackburn Monday, 22nd March KO 7:00pm
Yesterday the Newcastle U18s kept their unbeaten run in 2010 going, by drawing at Manchester United 1-1.
The lads were 1-0 ahead through midfielder Greg McDermott, who was well set up by Phil Airey, but the Red Devils equalized before the break, and although Newcastle were well on top in the final 45 minutes, they just couldn’t get the winner.
The U18 side yesterday was:
Alnwick, Tavernier, Nzuzi, J Henderson Folan, McDermott, Inman, Newton, D Taylor, Airey, Johans (L Henderson).
Subs not used: Robinson (gk), Page, Spear.
Newcastle United have won the FA Youth Cup twice in their history.
They won it first in 1962 when Bobby Moncur and David Craig were in the side, and they beat Wolves by an aggregate score of 2-1 in the two-leg final.
Newcastle won it for a second time in 1985, when local lad Paul Gascoigne was in the side, and in the final they defeated Watford with an aggregate score of 4-1.
The youngsters must stand a great chance of lifting the trophy for a third time this season for the Newcastle club.
Howay The Lads!!