The FA Youth Cup quarter final game tonight ended in heartbreak for the Newcastle youngsters, as they lost the penalty shoot-out after the scores were tied at 2-2 after 90 minutes and after extra time in front of over 2,000 fans at St. James’ Park.
After the Newcastle U18s side twice went ahead by 1-0 and 2-1 in normal time, the FA Youth Cup quarter final tie against Blackburn Rovers went into extra time tonight, and then to a penalty shoot-out.
Our lads couldn’t score in their three penalty attempts, and Blackburn netted all three of their first three penalties to win it by 3-0.
The game kicked off and after 20 minutes Newcastle took the lead, and it was Michael Hoganson who put the Magpies in the lead as he tucked home a good cross from JJ Hooper from the right wing.
But within six minutes Blackburn were level when their captain Edwards sent a terrific header into the net from a corner.
It was still 1-1 at the break but then after 55 minutes Newcastle took the lead again, this time through JJ Hooper, and he smashed the ball home in great style from 12 yards out, from a good through ball from Marcus Maddison, to put Newcastle 2-1 ahead.
But 22 minutes later Blackburn again equalized as substitute Cotton put Rovers level, as he hit the ball home from 20 yards out and it was 2-2, and that’s how it finished after 90 minutes and the game went into extra time.
And after no goals were scored in the 30 minutes of extra time the game went to a penalty shoot-out – shades of Liverpool vs Cardiff yesterday at Wenbley, but our lads lost it 3-0.
It was unlucky and we couldn’t reach the semi-finals, where we would have played Fulham or Burnley.
Newcastle United Under-18s: Alex Baird, Alex Nicholson, Remie Streete (c), Louis Storey, Michael Riley, Marcus Maddison (Steven Logan 58, Will Turton 91), Ben Sayer, Brandon Miele, Michael Hoganson, Dennis Knight, JJ Hooper
Subs not used: Jonathan Mitchell, Jamie Smith, Lee Toland
Blackburn Rovers Under-18s: Matthew Urwin, Peter Wylie, William Beesley (Bradley Mason 78), Reece Hands (Robbie Cotton 72), Ryan Edwards (c), Jack O’Connell, Osayamen Osawe, Raheem Hanley, Curtis Haley (Timothy Payne 116), John O’Sullivan, Hugo Fernandez Molina
Subs not used: Christopher Dilo, Thomas Paul
Referee: David Webb