The Newcastle U18 side fought through to the quarter finals of the FA Youth Cup last night, after they beat QPR 2-1 after extra time.
Steve Logan in action last night
The Newcastle lads gave a fighting display and Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was there at St. James’ Park to watch his youngsters come from behind to win the game.
A crowd of 1196 turned out to cheer the lads on, but they made a bad start when they went 1-0 down after only 24 minutes, when Ben Brown beat goalkeeper Alex Baird from close range after a right wing cross was not cut out by the Magpies defense.
Newcastle raised their game to try to come back, and Dennis Knight was unlucky twice when he hit the post and then hit the cross bar but it was still 1-0 to QPR at the break.
Newcastle were the better side in the second half, but had to contend with QPR goalkeeper Gareth Deane being in top form, and he saved well from Adam Campbell, Marcus Maddison and captain Remie Streete, the Wor Jackie award winner for 2012.
It looked like it was going to be a disappointing night for the Newcastle youngsters, but then in the 82nd minute they won a penalty when Marcus Maddison was fouled by Jordan Walker in the box.
England U17 International Adam Campbell scored from the penalty spot and that sent the game into extra time, although Newcastle had chances in those last few minutes to have won the game in 90 minutes.
But Newcastle got the all important winning goal, when JJ Hooper headed home after sub Will Turton laid on the goal, only 8 minutes into extra time.
JJ Hooper heads the winner in the 98th minute last night
And it’s a tough life when you are the Newcastle manager, because Alan Pardew was seen at the Riverside Stadium on Tuesday night with John Carver.
Alan was seen in the stands taking notes, as Sunderland moved into the 5th round of the FA Cup with a 2-1 win over Middlesbrough, with the winner also coming in extra time, and now they will play Arsenal at the Stadium of Light.
And Newcastle teenager Steven Logan revealed that a pre-match pep talk from Alan Pardew inspired the youngsters last night.
Pardew went into the home dressing room before the game and gave the lads an inspiring speech, and Alan had John Carver, Steve Stone and Andy Woodman all in the stands last night to support the young guns of Newcastle.
17 year-old Scottish Youth International Logan had this to say after the game:
He came in and wished us luck, and it is excellent for the manager to do that,” “It is great for us to know that he is showing an interest in us.
He came to watch the game today and hopefully he was impressed with us. It would be great if some of us can step up into the Reserves and maybe the first-team.
Well that’s the plans for sure, and congratulations to the youngsters for a fighting display and a great win and to Alan and the rest of the coaches for turning out to support the top Newcastle youngsters.
Maybe we can win this thing for the third time in our history this year, after we won it in 1962 and 1985.
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle U-18s: Alex Baird, Steven Logan (Will Turton 72), Remie Streete (c), Louis Storey, Michael Riley, Marcus Maddison, Ben Sayer, Brandon Miele, Michael Hoganson (Lee Toland 111), Dennis Knight (JJ Hooper 63), Adam Campbell
Subs not used: Jonathan Mitchell, Jamie Smith
QPR U-18s: Gareth Deane, Jake Downes, Jordan Walker, Freddie Champion, Ben Brown, Jamie Sendles-White (c), Conor Hubble (Emmanuel Monthe 65), Bradley Simmonds, Jordan Gibbons (David Fitzpatrick 86), Bruno Andrade, Callum Webb (Oluwatobi Adekunle 103)
Subs not used: Danny McDonnell, Joe Lumley
Referee: Tony Harrington