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.
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