The Newcastle U17 side have made it through to the final of the Milk Cup, after beating Bolton Wanderers 2-0 in Ballymoney last night.
Adam Campbell – 17 year-old striker scored on of Magpies’ goals against Bolton
And the young Newcastle side will now meet Desportivo Brazil in tonight’s final at the Ballymena Showgrounds, with a KO time of 8.20 pm, as they bid to win the Premier section of the Milk Cup tournament for a third time.
Dave Watson, Newcastle’s Academy manager was delighted with Newcastle’s win, and he had this to say on the Newcastle web-site:
“They were two great goals and the team played really well – it was a great performance.” “We were really professional and we’ve only conceded one goal in four games and scored 15.
“We’ve played really well and there’s been a gradual improvement, which shows that the lads are taking on board what they’re being told.”
“We’ve had someone looking at Desportivo Brazil and apparently they’re the best team in the tournament.” “But we’ll have a right good go at them and we’re looking forward to it.”
17 year-old Adam Campbell, the former Wallsend Boys Club striker, had scored five goals in the previous three games in the competition, and he missed a penalty last night, after first converting but being told to take it again after a Bolton defender had moved into the penalty area – and this time the goalkeeper saved it.
A stupid decision by the referee, who penalized Newcastle for Bolton committing the foul.
But The England U17 International soon scored after that miss, with a nice header from an Alex Gilliead cross from the right wing, and then Jamaican winger Rolando Aarons scored just before the break, as he moved inside nicely from the left wing, and hit the back of the night with a good left footed shot.
And there’s a chance today that this Newcastle U17 side can win the Milk Cup as we did back in 1985 and 1989, although the Brazilian side will be a tough one to beat.
Players can play in this tournament if they are born on or after January 1st 1995, and that’s the day Adam Campbell was born, so he is one of the oldest and one of the smallest players in the competition.
This was the team that won last night:
Woodman, McKinnon, Kitchen, Satka, Desmond, Aarons, Olley, Armstrong, Smith Campbell, Gilliead.
Subs: Grant, Sterry, Storey, Morgan, Quinn, Cardona-Lopez.