The Newcastle United U18 side was knocked out of the FA Youth Cup last night by the Red Devils in Manchester 1-0.
Joe Joyce – Newcastle Academy manager
Last year the lads reached the semi-finals and have done that twice before too, over the last 5 years, but the lads were knocked out in round 5 (round of the last 16) last night.
Manchester looked the better side last night, but young goalkeeper Jak Alnwick kept Newcastle in the game with some excellent goalkeeping, until the Red Devils got their second half winner through striker Ravel Morrison in the 64th minute.
Newcastle youngsters these days are some of the best in the business, so it was a little disappointing the lads were knocked out last night, but the Red Devils were the better side and deserved to win by more than the single goal.
Academy manager Joe Joyce believes his youngsters will be a lot better off for the experience:
“Once again, this competition is very good for the young players and to come up against Manchester United we knew it was always going to be a very difficult task,”
“The lads gave everything tonight, but unfortunately we came up against a better team.” “We had to defend very well, particularly in the first half, and then made a change at half-time to try and cause a bit more of a threat going forward.
“I thought we put them under a bit of pressure and certainly made them think in the second half.” “We have a young squad with a lot of first years out there. But give them another 12-18 months under their belt and it is looking very bright.”
“They will learn from this experience, as they will do from the other ties we’ve played, and that can only benefit them.”
Manchester United: Johnstone; Keane, Thorpe, Fornasier, Blackett; Cole, Pogba, Tunnicliffe, Lingard; van Velzen, Morrison.
Subs (not used): Jacob, Massacci, Lawrence, McGinty, Barmby.
Newcastle United: Alnwick; Nicholson, Streete, Storey, Riley; Nzuzi, Sayer (Miele 69), Hoganson; Spear (Maddison 57), Taylor, Campbell (McGorrigan 46)
Subs (not used): Robinson, Toland.