Newcastle Reserves Easily Win Northumberland Senior Cup

A young Newcastle Reserves side easily beat Blyth Spartans 4-0 at St. James’ Park last night in the final of the Sage Northumberland FA Senior Cup.

Phil Airey scoring last night

Newcastle were three goals up at half time with goals from  Michael Richardson, James Tavernier and Phil Airey, and then in the second half Amble-born Phil Airey got the Magpies’ 4th goal and his second with another good finish.

Phil has been scoring goals for fun in the Reserves side this year, and again looked a good up-and-coming striker last night.

And it was very good too see a decent crowd of over 2,300 in attendance at St. Jame’s Park last night to see the best of the youngsters currently on Tyneside.

Peter Beardsley, the Reserve team manager said this after the game:

“I thought the boys did very well tonight and it was a very comfortable win for us.”

“When you look at the quarter-final and semi-final, we took a while to break down Ashington and Bedlington, but tonight it was very comfortable.”

“If you had said before the game that we would have won 4-0 then I would have been ecstatic.”

“I thought certainly in the first half it would be nip and tuck, but to get three goals and come in at that scoreline at half time was fantastic.”

“The second half was about seeing the game through and 4-0 – you can’t complain.”

Newcastle assistant manager John Carver, first team coach Steve Stone and goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman were some of th acoajing staff in attendance last night and Peter was pleased they were there:

“They came into the dressing room at the end to congratulate the players,”

“Sometimes Willy Donachie and I are maybe a bit critical of the players because we expect more and know they can play better than that.”

“But it was good for John, Steve and Andy to see the lads in action and put in a good performance.”

That’s now the 10th time in the last 16 years, by our reckoning,  that Newcastle Reserves have won the Northumberland Senior Cup.

It was a young side of almost all teenagers that Beardsley played last night, and it was a good performance from the youngsters.

Comments welcome.


Newcastle Reserves: Ole Soderberg; Greg McDermott, Remie Streete (Michael Riley 64), Jeff Henderson, James Tavernier; Michael Richardson, Brad Inman, Paddy McLaughlin (c), Sammy Ameobi (Joan Simun Edmundsson 64); Phil Airey, Ryan Donaldson (Patrick Nzuzi 64)
Subs not used: Jak Alnwick, Dan Taylor

Blyth Spartans: Dan Lowson; Dan Groves, Chris Swailes, Wayne Buchanan, Phil Cave; Neal Hooks, Michael Tait, Stephen Turnbull, Robert Dale; Paul Brayson (c), John Alexander (Liam O’Mahoney 72)
Subs not used: Jake Cunningham, Alan White, Kris Wilkinson, Eoin Ridley

Referee: David McCallum

Attendance: 2,307

17 comments so far

  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 12, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #1

    i think Airey and ranger should start against Chelsea good for there experience for these strickers

  • Toon Sweden77

    May 12, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #2

    Maybe not against Chelsea but absolutley against West Brom!

    But after all, watching the non existing presence of our strikers against Liverpool, maybe we should give the youngsters a chance in the last two games as it cannot get any worse.

  • xXl NUFC lXx

    May 12, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #3

    why not against chelski ? cant get any worse than shola and loven lol 🙂

  • bills-son

    May 12, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #4

    Can’t do worse than Shola and Loven?

    Worse? We are 11th in the League man – the same position we were when we sold Carroll. Both have scored goals and contributed to a comfortable mid table finish. When Ranger got a full game against Aston Villa he was hopeless.

    Neither Ranger or Airey are ready for the first team – far from it.

  • TimToon9

    May 12, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #5

    I totally agree, airey and ranger cant be any worse than loven and shola.. And every game they play, they get better/more experienced. On the other hand, loven and shola only gets worse. Tavernier and fergie should come on after a while..

  • TimToon9

    May 12, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #6

    @bills-son it isn’t because of them, would rather say because of a good midfield, good defence and best. Not shola and loven.

  • Brutooon

    May 12, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #7

    lets start Airey and Ranger – both YOUNG and rest the ageing Ameobi and Lovenkrands

    Plus we are already safe – nothing to lose.

  • wynsleap

    May 12, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #8

    Went to the match last night. Have to say I thought Michael Richardson was very disappointing after all the recent hype. Too easily knocked off the ball at this level.
    Was very impressed with the No. 4 (Inman I think) who looked very accomplished. Plenty of time on the ball, made space effortlessly, linked the play continuously and slid in some wonderful passes.
    Tavernier was dynamite when attacking (what a goal!) but found wanting on occasions in defence. When are we going to find a right back who can do both jobs efficiently?
    Airey looks highly promising, works his way well into good positions and seems to be a good finisher.
    Sammy Ameobi was like – guess who? Exciting and frustrating all in one movement.
    Centre halves looked very proficient and with Street only being 16 yr old he could have an excellent future.
    Overall a great showing from the lads and the intricate quick passing style and movement certainly seemed to be from the Beardsley stamp.

  • Brutooon

    May 12, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #9

    Sammy Ameobi – next Legend !

  • xXl NUFC lXx

    May 12, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #10

    bills-son are you serious? do you think we have good strikers? all of our points we have received has come from a strong midfield and defenders? lol

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    May 12, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #11

    I think Sammy Ameobi could be a very good player. We seem to have a decent crop of youngsters coming through. Hope so anyway

  • The Entertainers

    May 12, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #12

    Completey agree with Bill Son.

    Fans have such short memories, Shola, Loverman and Best were thrown in at deep end and made a minor miracle.
    Don’t think you’d find a fan amongst us suggesting any are good enough for the starting 11 yet alone the number 9 shirt, but credit where credit is due, those lads and all who have worn the shirt have secured our PL status and with relative ease.
    And now that those players have ACHIEVED this some fans have the knives out already!
    Whilst some of us support, others just watch!

    Looking forward to the best crop of youngsters in many a year coming through, Airey, Inman, Tavernier, Ferguson and Foster to name a few, but can I wait of course I can, because rather than hoping tomorrow comes early, I’ll still ‘be’ supporting today’s players.

  • Davy Craig

    May 12, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #13

    Wynsleap – No.4 was Paddy McLaughlin. Inman was no. 8. I thought McGlaughlin was man of the match – he controlled the game from the middle of the park but Blyth allowed him acres of space playing a very deep midfield 4. McDermott played well at right back and then stepping up to midfield looked even better. I agree about Ameobi, he had some great touches and ran well with the ball but his finishing wasn’t great. He looks like he could be one for the future if he puts some beef on!

    Ryan Donaldson played well and as you mentioned the centre backs had a solid game. Paul Brayson didn’t challenge them much for Spartans and often looked for non-existent support rather than going for it. I thought Liam O’Mahoney looked Blyth’s best player when he came on as sub and wondered why he didn’t start. The keeper made some cracking saves as well or it would have been embarrassing for the Spartans.

    As for Phil Airey and Malcolm Richardson – they looked good to me with the runs they made and looked good at times but Airey looks miles off the first team for me despite his goals. Richardson is still young and if he adds a bit of steel to his game he could be great for the future.

    It was an enjoyable night out.

  • wynsleap

    May 12, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #14

    Davy Craig. Thanks for that. I wasn’t sure.
    If that is McLaughlin he looks some player.
    I wonder why we don’t hear too much about him?
    Agree about McDermott and Donaldson – both played well.
    Lowson did make some great saves but must have thought his hair was being parted with Tavernier’s goal!
    Spartans were sadly outclassed.
    Incidentally have to agree with your comment about Ameobi needing some beef – I’ve seen better legs hanging out of a nest.

  • bills-son

    May 12, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #15

    The Entertainers – spot on.

    I didn’t say that Shola and Loven where great players – but this crap about our mid table finish being solely down to a good midfield shows how stupidly shortsighted some fans are. Are they saying we effectively played with nine men? B%ll%x.

    What these fans don’t realise is that playing against Premier defenders is worlds apart from playing in the reserves or against Blyth Spartans- worlds apart. Ranger – who the same fans were shouting for – was totally and absolutely dominated by Dunne and Collins when he got a start against Villa and has missed chance after chance when he’s come on as sub. No way would Villa’s defence have done that to Shola and both him and Loven has weighed in with some vital goals.

    Some fans who think they know it all about football actually know f.all. And prove it regularly every time they post.

  • Davy Craig

    May 12, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #16

    The Entertainers – totally agree.

    Bills-son – absolutely right.

    Wynsleap – youth and fitness were a factor but the Newcastle lads worked together as a unit really well. The midfield linked up with the forwards all night and some of the runs through and passing were brilliant with McLaughlin sitting behind making it all happen. Ameobi kept going and fought for everything and even had time to wave to the crowd during the game! 😉

  • xXl NUFC lXx

    May 12, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #17

    bills-son so im stupid because i think shola and loven isnt premier league quality and that we should give 2 of our young strikers a chance ??


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