Nile Ranger made a successful return to the Newcastle U21 side last night, when he played a game for the first time for the club since last March, and he lasted 58 minutes before being replaced at the Stadium of Light against Sunderland.
Nile Ranger – scored for the U21 side last night at Sunderland
The final score was 2-2 and Nile scored a goal after only eight minutes, and Brad Inman, who is likely to go out on loan soon, also scored for the Newcastle side.
Sunderland had a strong side out which included England U21 International Connor Wickham, and Whickham and Craig Lynch were the goalscorers for Sunderland.
For Newcastle 20 year-old Mehdi Abeid also got a game, and after Ranger has scored after 8 minutes, Conner Whickham equalized after 20 minutes.
But then Australian Brad Inman put Newcastle ahead before half time, and in the second half Adam Reed missed a penalty for Sunderland, before Lynch scored the equalizer for Sunderland at the death – in added time.
This is the first game of an attempted comeback by Nile Ranger, who has found himself in trouble with the police of the last 20 months, and we have to hope he can buckle down and train well and keep out of trouble off the field.
If he can do that it’s possible he could get some first team action in the new year when Shola Ameobi is almost certain to make the Nigeria squad for the African Cup of Nations.
It’s a huge opportunity for the London lad, and we hope he takes his chance.
This was the Newcastle United side last night:
Alnwick; Riley, Good, Newton, Logan; Hooper, Abeid, Inman, Maddison (Miele, 68); Moyo, Ranger (Knight, 58). Subs not used: Woodman, Kitchen.
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