Newcastle United U18s beat Watford 2-1 at St. James’ Park in the 4th round of the FA Youth Cup to go through to the next round.
Newcastle youngsters celebrate goal last night
In the next round Newcastle will play QPR at St. James Park.
There were two excellent goals in a couple of minutes in the first half for Newcastle from Michael Hoganson and Dennis Knight, and that was enough to give the young Magpies victory.
Dennis Knight thought his goal was the best of his career so far, as he got the ball well inside his own half and he took the ball up-field and into the opposing penalty area before rifling the ball home low past goalkeeper Jack Bonham.
That put Newcastle 2-0 up after Michael Hoganson had just scored Newcastle’s first goal with an excellent finish.
Michael Kalu pulled one back for the visitors very late in the game, but Newcastle were the much better side and there are now hopes the young lads can make some headway in this important Youth competition, which has been in existence since 1953.
Knight, Brandon Miele and Ben Sayer all looked good players in midfield for Newcastle and the Magpies were much the better side, but they couldn’t add to their two goal lead, and Watford’s late goal did make it a tense ending to the game.
Newcastle have won the FA Youth Cup twice, back in 1962 when we beat Wolves 2-1 in the two legged final, when Bobby Moncur and David Craig were in the side, and then we beat Watford 4-1 in the 1985 final, when a certain Paul John Gascoigne was in the side.
That’s the only two times we have reached the final, but Newcastle have reached the semi-final on a number of occasions, the last time being in 2010, when we were beaten by Aston Villa.
Maybe we can win this thing this year – that would be great!
This is the Newcastle team that played last night with local lads Remie Streete and Adam Campbell being tipped for stardom at the Tyneside club.
Newcastle United Under-18s (4-4-1-1): Alex Baird; Alex Nicholson, Remie Streete (c), Louis Storey, Michael Riley; Marcus Maddison, Ben Sayer, Brandon Miele, Michael Hoganson; Dennis Knight; Adam Campbell
Substitutes: Jonathan Mitchell, Lee Toland, Will Turton, Jamie Smith, Steven Logan