The Newcastle U17 side side went down last night in the final of the Milk Cup (Premier Section) to favorites Desportivo Brazil by a score of 3-0 at the Ballymena Showgrounds in Northern Ireland.
Newcastle striker Adam Campbell – Man of the Tournament
Both Newcastle manager Alan Pardew and Development Director Peter Beardsley were at the game, which was fairly even for most of the first half and it was 0-0 at the half.
The Newcastle side certainly held their own in the first half, but after scoring 15 goals in the previous games this week, our lads couldn’t seem to create too many chances last night.
And then early in the second half the Brazilians went ahead, when striker Bruno Conceicao found himself unmarked in the box, and the Brazilian easily headed home past Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman, from just seven yards out.
Oliveira then made a good move down the right wing on 59 minutes and although Conceicao failed to connect in front of goal when the cross came over, it was substitute Aguilar Oliveira who fired the ball home from close range – but the ball really should have been cleared by the Newcastle defense.
The last goal of the game came in the last few minutes as Caio Ramalho got possession and exchanged passes with Arthur Bonaldo to reach the penalty area, but Woodman blocked the shot.
But the ball then deflected off defender Ryan McKinnon, and it was Ramalho who finally hit the ball home.
Newcastle Development manager Dave Watson said this at the conclusion of the game:
“It wasn’t through a lack of effort from our lads – I think they gave all they had – but they just weren’t good enough on the night.”
Andf Newcastle did bring home a trophy last night, when Newcastle 17 year-old striker Adam Campbell, the former Wallsend Boys Club player, was named the Player of the Tournament for the Premier Section of the Milk Cup.
This was the Newcastle United side last night:
Woodman, Desmond, Satka, McKinnon, Kitchen (Sterry 61), Olley (Cardona-Lopez 57), Smith, Campbell, Aarons, Armstrong. Gilliead.
Newcastle had previously won the Milk Cup in both 1985 and 1989, but it just wasn’t to be last night, but our lads played well and deserve enormous credit for their exploits this week.