The Newcastle U21 side beat Stoke City 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium tonight in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League, and the game was broadcast live on Sky Sports 2, and it takes the U21s to top of their U21 league..
Ryan Taylor – two goals for Newcastle tonight
And it was that man Ryan Taylor, still coming back to full fitness, who scored two goals to give the Magpies the victory.
Ryan was playing for the second time for the U21 side, as he continues his amazing comeback from a double ACL knee injury, which has kept him on the sidelines for more than two years.
The 30 year-old was Man of the Match for Newcastle in the 2-0 Capital One Cup game at Manchester City, in his first game back for the first team, and he also made a substitute appearance on Sunday at West Brom.
And the only player on the score sheet tonight at Stoke was Ryan – because he also scored an own goal for Stoke tonight.
The former Wigan player scored his first goal for Newcastle after 29 minutes from wide on the left, and he scored his second goal with one of his specials from a free kick, before he then conceded an own goal at the other end.
The win puts Newcastle at the top of their U21 Barclays Premier League, and the lads have now moved two points ahead of Arsenal.
And it’s fair to say with his tidy performances and vast experience, and his significant threat from dead ball situations, that Ryan must be knocking on the door for a place in the first team.
Ryan got a good 76 minutes run-out tonight before he was replaced by Olley, and the U21 side, like the first team – are continuing their excellent form of late.
That was Newcastle U21’s sixth win in eight games so far this season.
Newcastle: Alnwick, Barlaser, Gibson, Taylor (Olley, 76), Gillesphey, Satka, Vuckic, Bigirimana, Heardman (Gilliead, 82), Campbell, Roberts.
Subs: Woolston, Longstaff, Ward.
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