Newcastle Draw 1-1 At Villa Park In FA Youth Cup

Newcastle played Aston Villa at Villa Park tonight in the first leg of the FA Youth Cup, in front of a decent crowd of 2,457,  and gained a creditable 1-1 draw in a keenly contested game.

Newcastle had top youngster Haris Vuckic on the bench, and the 17 year-old Slovenian U-21 International is only now returning from 5 months  out with a knee and ankle injury.

And Newcastle got off to a great start with a goal form Phil Airey after just 9 minutes played.

18 year-old Amble-born Airey was put through by a long ball downfield, and Phil beat the Villa offside trap, and controlled the ball nicely before putting it past Villa goalkeeper Siegrist from close range.

And following a good first half, Newcastle took a deserved 1-0 lead into the break.

And confidence was starting to flow through the Newcastle side when the second half started, and the lads were passing the ball around nicely with Villa struggling to get the ball.

But then on 60 minutes the home side were level.

Jason Lampkin moved quickly down the left wing and put in a great cross right onto the head of Kofi Poyser, and the striker headed home past the helpless Jak Aklnick in the Newcastle goal, from just 8 yards out.

The goal was against the run of play but Newcastle were now in a game, and after 7 minutes after the Villa equalizer Newcastle brought on Haris Vuckic, Newcastle’s 6’2″ midfielder in place of Sammy Ameobi,  hoping no doubt the budding young star could restore Newcastle’s lead.

And Vuckic  was immediately involved in the game, and was almost put clear after a good passing exchange with Australian Brad Inman when just 20 yards out – and Newcastle were pressing hard for the winner in the final 20 minutes of tonight’s game.

Both sides tried to find the winner, and it became exciting end-to-end action as time ran out,  but both sides settled for the draw, with the game ending a stalemate at 1-1.

Newcastle now entertain Aston Villa at St. James’ Park a week tomorrow night, in the second leg, and the Geordie lads must stand a great chance of progressing to the final, where they will meet Chelsea, who have a strong  side this season.

Let’s hope the youngsters can get some great backing from the Newcastle crowd a week tomorrow night, as that could certainly make the difference.

Howay The Lads!!


Aston Villa U-18: Benjamin Siegrist, Durrell Berry, Ellis Deeney, Daniel Devine, Derrick Williams, Richard Blythe, Jason Lampkin (Connor Taylor 72), Samir Carruthers (Ebby Nelson-Addy 76), Kofi Poyser, Ryan Simmonds, Tomos Roberts
Subs: Calum Barratt, Courtney Cameron, James Clifton

Newcastle United U-18: Jak Alnwick, James Tavernier, Stephen Folan, Jeff Henderson (c), Paul Dummett, Samuel Adjei, Brad Inman, Greg McDermott, Conor Newton, Sammy Ameobi (Haris Vuckic 67), Phil Airey
Subs: Ryan McGorrigan, Patrick Nzuzi, Dan Taylor, Aaron Spear

Referee: Mr R Shoebridge
Attendance:  2,457

23 comments so far


    Apr 8, 2010 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #1

    Not a bad result for the lads,away goal cant really complain,think the kids will beat them at our place.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 8, 2010 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #2

    vuckic will start next game aswell


    Apr 8, 2010 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #3

    hey Geordie-Gerrard7 you still gonna do that streak though eldon squard if we get krasic for free,and make it winter time mate ha ha.

  • TheShadow

    Apr 8, 2010 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #4

    does the away goal count though?

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 8, 2010 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #5

    here comes obafemi the c*nt


    Apr 8, 2010 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #6

    Think it dos shadow, but dont think they will need it anyway mate.

  • Solaidback

    Apr 8, 2010 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #7

    C’mon lads, you’ll take them apart at the Toon…


  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 8, 2010 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #8

    yeah, i would, id do it on christmas eve, i didnt realise he was on a free and he is one of my fav players, here comes obafemi for wolfsberg the cont

  • DJG

    Apr 8, 2010 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #9

    Away goals DON’T count double.


    Apr 8, 2010 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #10

    Geordie-Gerrard7 make it xmas eve 11 am,could do with something to cheer me up as im spending my hard earned cash ha ha.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 8, 2010 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #11

    but the whole point in that mate is i know we wont sign krasic, he is amaising


    Apr 8, 2010 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #12

    Geordie-Gerrard7 at a guess, if we had to buy him, what would you say he would cost.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 8, 2010 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #13

    13-14 mill mate, theres lots of other players in russia who arent that high in value but very high in qaulity.


    Apr 8, 2010 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #14

    Gets very cold in russia as well, so the north east winter should not bother them.Hope we have a scout or 2 over there.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 8, 2010 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #15

    i think we should be looking in russia, germany, norway,denmark, croatia.

  • wickywoowoo

    Apr 8, 2010 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #16

    I know some people in one of the earlier blogs mentioned this but I feel it needs mentioned again – why is Vuckic getting all the attention when he has barely played all season? From what I’ve seen, Phil Airey has been scoring for fun, especially as he is a defender converted to a forward – but Vuckic is a world class youth for the ability to recover from an injury. For someone who went missing in the games we did give him earlier this season, if he is the best youngster we have, then our youth policy is not filling me with confidence.

  • FreshPrince

    Apr 8, 2010 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #17

    wickywoowoo- What games was he given earlier in the season? He was given two games as a late substitute and one start alongside other kids against an experienced Peterborough side in the Carling Cup…

    Get the facts right mate.

  • baro

    Apr 8, 2010 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #18

    I hope Haris Vuckic can break into first team and get a game before season is over.
    Reports that Mike Ashley going to give Chris Hughton 60 million transfer war chest! Would be nice if they were good signings. Like Miguel Veloso or somebody who we wanted in the past.

  • baro

    Apr 8, 2010 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #19,19528,12876_6082250,00.html

    The news about 60 million transfer chest.

  • NewcastleMole

    Apr 8, 2010 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #20



    I want him to do well but the games hes played for us he hasnt do anything special. Maybe a loan out for a season will do him wonders.

  • eltoro

    Apr 8, 2010 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #21

    I was at the game tonight and so I thought I’d offer up my opinion on the lads
    -As a team they are very well organised and physically strong
    -They combine a direct approach with the ability to keep possession with very neat and confident passing.
    -Outplayed Villa for nearly whole match.
    -There is not a lot of pace in the side.

    Alnwick – not tested, but confident on crosses and very good kicking from hand
    Tavernier- strong and technically useful in the final third – seemed a bit slow for fullback.
    Centre Backs – very composed on the ball and good distribution as well as aerial dominance – neither are particularly big.
    Left back- again not that quick but good on the ball
    Adjei -disappointing, missed a sitter
    Newton – great passer of the ball, always available for the ball and gets stuck in.
    McDermot – least noticeable of the midfield trio but clever and composed on the ball
    Inman – worked well with cms and drove into box effectively – looks very strong at this level.
    Ameobi- gangly and a bit awkward like a young Shola, he looks a bit lost out on the right wing and didnt get a sight of goal.
    Airey – lively, took his goal well – I would compare his role to that of Doyle for Wolves – good movement and workrate and technically adept.
    Vuckic- played on the left wing- he is massive but didnt look that quick. Plays 1 touch a lot and seems sharp and creative. Perhaps his fitness wasnt there and without it I don’t think he will have a decisive impact on the second leg.

    The lads were unlucky to only draw. Missed a lot of chances and unfortunate to have a goal offside. They play with real shape and organisation and every player is confident on the ball. The overall level was good but it is difficult to judge who might make the step up. The midfielders though were very good in possession – and I think Newton and Inman in particular look good prospects.

  • NewcastleMole

    Apr 8, 2010 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #22


    Id expect that kind of story from The People or any of the other Sunday papers.

    £60m? You’re having a laugh lol

    Itll be £15m poss 20 tops. If it is £60 i wouldn’t trust Hughton to spend it.

  • wickywoowoo

    Apr 9, 2010 at 2:19 AM

    Comment #23

    NewcastleMole, I am not sure what Vuckic has done for Newcastle, to be honest. All I hear is rave reviews on the basis that Real Madrid had some scouts checking on him. Beyond that, I’ve not read anything that he has done in a Newcastle shirt.

    Also, in respect of the transfer kitty, I’ve read Hughton’s comments which indicate a similar backing of that from the January window to a report in The Guardian (usually accurate with news if not blogs) that suggests £20m plus player sales, which would be ideal.

    I think we are getting conflicting reports so no one really knows what we have and as such, won’t try to fleece us.


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