For the Newcastle Reserves team tonight both Davide Santon and Nile Ranger made starts for the side, and Newcastle came through 5-3 winners, after going ahead 3-0 after only 22 minutes.
Newcastle went ahead after only 10 minutes when an unmarked Michael Richardson put the ball home from just nine yards out, after the Swansea defense failed to clear their lines from a corner.
Then after 15 minutes Newcastle made it 2-0 with a goal from Shane Ferguson, and the Irishman got the ball 20 yards out and then drilled a beautiful strike into the bottom corner of the net – this lad has some left foot on him and it was a terrific goal.
Newcastle made it three after just 22 minutes when Dan Gosling was fouled just outside the penalty box, and Mehdi Abeid’s free-kick was only parried by the Swansea goalkeeper, and Dan Gosling knocked the rebound home for his 3rd goal for the Reserves side.
But then within 25 minutes of Gosling’s goal, Swansea were amazingly level. with goals after 34, 43 and 47 minutes and the game was marked by poor defensive work from both sides.
Luke Moore and goalkeeper Rob Elliot went for a ball just outside the penalty box after 34 minutes, and the ball ricocheted off Elliot and Moore put the ball home from a narrow angle.
Then just before half time, Tom Butler made a good run down the left wing, and he cut the ball back to Stephen Dobbie. who hit a low shot past Elliot and into the net and it was 3-2.
Then just two minutes into the second half, Swansea pulled level, and it was again some loose defending from Newcastle.
Luke Moore held the ball up, and no Newcastle player challenged him, so he moved forward and slipped the ball through to Dobbie, and the Scot put the ball easily past Elliot into the net, and it was all square at 3-3.
Almost immediately Newcastle went ahead again, as Nile Ranger hit home a penalty nicely, after he was brought down by Hungarian trialist Zoltan Liptak, after an aggressive run by the London striker, into the penalty box.
On 51 minutes Newcastle went 5-3 up, when goalkeeper Jose Moreira could only punch the ball up in the air, but straight to Dan Gosling and the England U21 International headed the ball to Greg McDermott who easily tapped home Newcastle’s 5th goal.
Newcastle had more chances to score in the second half but the game ended 5-3 and yet another win for the Newcastle Reserves side.
Davide Santon lasted the full game tonight, and added to the 70 minutes he played two weeks ago in the 6-0 beating of Norwich City by this Newcastle Reserve side.
Mehdi Abeid, Tamas Kadar, Shane Ferguson and Nile Ranger were also first team players who played the full game tonight.
We expect to see Davide on the bench on Saturday afternoon at Wolves, as long as the Italian U21 captain has no negative reactions to this game.
Swansea City Reserves: Jose Moreira, Daniel Alfei, Zoltan Liptak, Vangelis Moras (sub Joe Walsh 81), Fede Bessone, Lee Lucas (c), Jazz Richards, Stephen Dobbie (sub Kurtis March 84), David Cotterill (sub Casey Thomas 79), Tom Butler, Luke Moore.
Subs not used: Oliver Davies, Gwion Edwards.
Newcastle United Reserves: Rob Elliot, Jeff Henderson, Davide Santon, Paul Dummett, Tamas Kadar, Sammy Ameobi (sub Yven Moyo 84), Mehdi Abeid, Michael Richardson (sub Greg McDermott 46), Shane Ferguson, Dan Gosling (c) (sub Bradden Inman 81), Nile Ranger.
Subs not used: Ole Soderberg, Stephen Folan.
Referee: Andy Bennett