Dream Ends As Newcastle U-18s Go Down 1-0 To Aston Villa


The lads couldn’t quite get the job done tonight, and failed to reach the final of the FA Youth Cup.


Aston Villa came and beat the Newcastle youngsters in front of almost 5,000 fans, who turned out to support the future of the Newcastle club at St. James’ Park tonight.

Newcastle started well and looked the better team in the first 20 minutes. or so, as they had done in the first leg at Villa Park last week.

On 31 minutes Villa’s Roberts was injured and after some treatment was unable to continue, and Ebby Nelson-Addy came into the game as his replacement.

And on 34 minutes Aston Villa took the lead as Nelson-Addy made an almost immediate impact, as he went by two Newcastle men on the left wing and then put over a great cross, for Connor Taylor to easily head low into the net from about 10 yards out, giving goalkeeper Alnick no chance.

So Villa were up 2-1 on aggregate, after the 1-1 draw in the first leg.

On 40 minutes  Sammy Ameobi (Shola’s younger brother) was unlucky when he ran towards the penalty area on the left flank,  but was then forced to shoot quickly, but his shot went just inches wide, with goalkeeper Siegrist flat-footed.

Half time came after 4 minutes of added time with Villa still ahead 1-0 and 2-1 on aggregate.

Newcastle made two changes during the interval with Patrick Nzuzi replacing the injured Jeff Henderson and 17 year-old Slovenian star Haris Vuckic coming on for Greg McDermott.

Harris Vuckic started to show well, and was immediately involved in the game. Newcastle were looking good and trying to get the goal back, but found the Villa in good form, and increasing in confidence as the second half progressed.

And then tragedy struck for Newcastle on 76 minutes, when Amble-born Phil Airey crashed into Carruthers on the halfway line, leaving the Villa man sprawled on the turf.

Phil deservedly got a second yellow card and was sent off, and it was looking much more difficult now for the young Magpies.

On 83 minutes Haris Vuckic sprinted  infield from the right wing, and won a corner when his left footed shot deflected off  Blythe. Adjei put in a nice swinging corner to the near post, but again it was headed clear by Villa’s Carruthers, who was outstanding at the back for Villa tonight.

Time was running out for Newcastle and there was 4 minutes of injury time, and right at the death Villa almost made it two when Ryan Simmonds had a great chance as he rounded goalkeeper Jak Alnick, but right-back Tavernier managed to block the ball on the goal-line somehow.

Great play by the Bradford-born youngster, who made his first team debut at Peterborough in the Carling Cup last October.

And the final whistle sounded  – and our lads had been beaten – the 3rd time in the last 5 years the Magpie youngsters have been knocked out of the FA Youth Cup at the semi-final stage.

But Newcastle were again unlucky tonight, as they had been in the first leg, but that’s the way these games go sometimes, and the all will have learned something from this two-legged tie with Aston Villa.

But hey, the bairns reached the last four of this famous FA Youth Cup competition after all, and all we have to say is – Well Done Lads!!

Best of luck to Aston Villa, who now meet Chelsea in the two-legged final.

TEAMS

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

Aston Villa: Benjamin Siegrist, Durrell Berry, Derrick Williams, Richard Blythe, Ellis Deeney, Connor Taylor, Samir Carruthers, Danny Devine, Tomos Roberts, Kofi Poyser, Ryan Simmonds
Subs: Ebby Nelson-Addy, Callum Barrett, Courtney Cameron, Jack Dyer, Daniel Johnson

Referee: G J Sutton
Attendance: 4, 959.


79 comments so far

  • Toon1978

    Apr 16, 2010 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #1

    Just got back from the match and i must say Villa are the luckiest team i have ever seen in all my years of watching football. NUFC youngins were extremely unfortunate not to in this game and Villa will have to play 100 times better to get anyhing against Chelsea. Our right back Tavernier was very poor and has alot of learning to do however the rest of the team were excellent, we have some fantastic players in particular Conner Newton, a cracking player along with Vuckic who is awesome. Unlucky tonight but on another day it should of been 4-1.

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  • Shot Bru

    Apr 16, 2010 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #2

    Toon 1978 what position was Vuckic playing?

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  • baro

    Apr 16, 2010 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #3

    I really hope Haris Vuckic can get into first team before end of season and get a couple of games. Very good player. One for the future!

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  • gibbotwg

    Apr 16, 2010 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #4

    Is Vuckic as good as everyone says?

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  • baro

    Apr 16, 2010 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #5

    Very dissapointed that we lost that game. On the other hand, its glad to see the young players rising step by step. Glad we have Haris Vuckic a player who is not scared to shoot from anywhere. 30 yards out!

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  • Toon1978

    Apr 16, 2010 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #6

    Shot Bru

    Vuckic was playing across the midfield and Baro yes Vuckic is a cracking player i think we’ll struggle to keep hold of him IF the bigger clubs come in. Conner Newton also a brilliant player. Gutted because the better team went out. 🙁

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  • baro

    Apr 16, 2010 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #7

    Toon 1978

    Real Madrid, Manchester United, Chelsea, AC Milan have all reportedly been interested in this brilliant kid. I believe he will stay with us, working his way up step by step. Is Conner Newton really good? Never seen him play?

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  • NUFCELITE

    Apr 16, 2010 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #8

    Toon1978 good to hear the kids were unlucky,disapointing result for us yes,but more valuable experience for the kids i think.

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  • wor jackie

    Apr 16, 2010 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #9

    Could not believe we lost this game,I thought Vuckic was cracking but that lad Conner Newton really caught the eye.

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  • Toon1978

    Apr 16, 2010 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #10

    Baro

    He played excellent today and bossed the midfield. My son was with me and i said “we have the next Scholes playing for us ” he just looked at me as if i was nuts lol but yes he did play really well today probably the best player on the pitch imo alough the Villa keeper had a good game saving bloody everything.

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  • Toon1978

    Apr 16, 2010 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #11

    NUFCELITE

    I know its just the youngins playing but i was gutted for them. I felt like we’d just been stuffed off Sunderland lol. I hope Chelsea kick their backsides because the team that deserved to go through tonight got beat lol. I was sitting with a few Villa fans and even they couldn’t believe they where winning.

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  • baro

    Apr 16, 2010 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #12

    Toon 1978

    Does he do tricks, and powerful long shot? Because if does that is a new type of blood for Newcastle. Where we need. I think he will play some games next year if not this remaining 3 games. Its our new policy isnt it? No big buys, just cheap and through the wonderful academy!

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  • DanNUFC

    Apr 16, 2010 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #13

    Connor Newton went to my school and i played with him at the academy… he is a brilliant player

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  • NUFCELITE

    Apr 16, 2010 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #14

    Toon1978 how much was the price to get in tonite?tells the whole story to me what the villa fans said.

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  • Toon1978

    Apr 16, 2010 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #15

    baro

    He has awesome vision and played some class through balls with the outside of his foot and yes he had a few shots at goal, he nearly bagged us a one in the first few seconds of the second half. I don’t know why Vuckic didn’t start because he is the best youngin we have. I think he was the youngest kid on the pitch lol.

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  • baro

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #16

    Toon 1978

    Were you talking about Haris Vuckic or Connor Newton about next Paul Scholes?

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #17

    £4 for adults, and £1 for the bairns, anyone going to plymouth game, i certainly am!!

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  • NUFCELITE

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #18

    DanNUFC when he becomes a big star then you will be able to get us all his autograph ha ha.

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  • Toon1978

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #19

    NUFCELITE

    £3.00 for adults and £1.00 for the youngins. The Villa fans were pretty quiet tbh but what they did say was that they thought Villa were extremely lucky to be winning and couldn’t understand how we hadnt scored. Their goal was terrible, Tavernier gave the ball away in defence and they went onto score a VERY fortunate goal. Villa will get beat off Chelsea and i hope by 7-8 goals lol thats how bitter i am hehe.

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  • Toon1978

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #20

    GG

    £3.00 for adults mate and a quid for kids and Baro i was talking about Conner Newton being like Scholes. Vuckic is the next Fabregas hehehehehe.

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  • NUFCELITE

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #21

    Toon1978 not bad might get along to a few games there myself,i take it there keeper got motm then.

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #22

    conor newton is a very very tidy/neat player

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  • baro

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #23

    Toon 1978

    Hopefully they are the next Paul Scholes and Fabregas!! 🙂

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  • DanNUFC

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #24

    NUFCELITE – haha… but yeah i wouldnt be surprised if he turned out to be a big player for us =D

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  • gibbotwg

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #25

    What is Inman like?

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  • The_Legend_Of_Jonas

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #26

    How we lost this I will never know.

    One thing for sure though is that we do have some talented youngsters, although I don’t know them by name..

    Was impressed by the number 2 who started at right back but was then moved to the centre after someone was injured. Was also impressed with the left back. Anyone know these kids’ names?

    No. 10 Was Henderson right? He looks a good player too. Good control of the ball and always moved it quickly – and never stops moving. Keeps the game ticking over nicely.

    Those three really stood out for me anyway, although they all had their moments and were desperately unlucky not to win..

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  • GeordieMeerkat

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #27

    From the sounds of it Villa only created a couple of chances over the two games and took them both.

    I’m very impressed with all the central midfielders and if we can get a couple through and continuing their current performances at a higher level then we’ll be saving an absolute fortune.

    I hope Henderson’s not too badly injured (like Kadar against the mackems) and can be fit to continue his development right from the off at the start of next season.

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  • Toon1978

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #28

    baro

    Wouldn’t that be nice but known our luck Ashley would probably bloody sell them haha.

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  • The_Legend_Of_Jonas

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #29

    O.k. No. 10 was Conor Newton..

    He’s a good player. Definitely one to look out for..

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  • NUFCELITE

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #30

    DanNUFC what was his record like for the school team,did he stand out then?

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #31

    sorry mate, it was a typo, but then see you corrcted it. my uncle, and cousins all went. they just got back so i had a breif word with them, they said vuckic was good, shola mark 2 was ok, newton was fantastic. alnwick’s kicking was very good for a youngern

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  • Toon1978

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #32

    The legend of Jonas

    Tavernier was our right back and he was terrible mate. He gave the ball away in the first half to gift then their goal, he constantly gave the ball away in the second half and was a dissapointment all the way through the game.

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  • NUFCELITE

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #33

    Any 1 know what the attendence was for the game.

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  • baro

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #34

    Toon 1978

    I think he’ll stay and get first team chances in a little.

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #35

    oh and inman was really quiet..

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  • Toon1978

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #36

    baro

    Vuckic has already played in the first team. I think we’ll see more of him next season.

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #37

    the only reason young harris hasnt been involved recently is of course his injury, from what i hear he was classed as one of the first team sqaud at the age of 17, hughton liked him alot from what i hear

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  • DanNUFC

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #38

    i never played with him for my school… he was in the year above but saw him a couple of times and he did stand out… but at the academy i played with him and he was excellent

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  • baro

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #39

    Toon 1978

    Ya i know, he came on 90th min vs Leicester and started 1 game against Peterboro than i don’t know but maybe one more game he played, than got injured. I honestly wish he keeps improving, and becomes first team regular in next year, when Chris Hughton decides its time.

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  • Toon1978

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #40

    GG

    Yeah he had a very bad injury. I only hope and pray that we can keep him.

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