In the FA Youth Cup 5th round tonight between Sunderland and Newcastle at the Stadium of Light, there was no score after 90 minutes and no score after extra time.
Newcastle’s Kyle Cameron challenges Sunderland’s Daniel Wright
But it was the Newcastle lads who were finally victorious, winning the tense penalty shoot-out 3-1, and our lads go through to the next round, the quarter-finals, but we will meet the powerful Chelsea side in the next round.
Chelsea beat Newcastle 3-2 at St. James’ Park in March last season in the quarter-finals, to knock us out of the tournament after we had been 2-1 up at half time.
Chelsea then went on to beat Arsenal 3-1 on aggregate in the two-legged semi-final, and won 7-6 against Fulham in the final, after losing the first leg 3-2.
They are the reigning Champions, having won three of the last five tournaments. 🙁
But we are again at home against the Blues and that should be a cracking game at St. James’ Park.
Sunderland only had themselves to blame tonight in the penalty shot-out, as they missed three of their four penalties.
Freddie Woodman the Newcastle U18 goalkeeper was the hero, as he saved two penalties from Dan Casey and Elliot Embleton, and Ethan Robson blazed over the cross-bar.
The only Sunderland player to score in the shoot-out was Blinco.
Even though there was no score over 120 minutes, it was still an entertaining game.
But when the extra time started it looked like Newcastle were going all out for the winner and Callum Roberts almost scored immediately, as the star youngster went down the right wing and his left foot shot was only just wide.
Both sets of players seemed to struggle with cramp in extra time, and Sunderland;s defender Michael Ledger should have received a second yellow card and been sent off, when he deliberately handled the ball.
It was an excellent win by the Newcastle youngsters.
Sunderland U18: Talbot; J Robson, Colquhoun, Ledger, Hume (Casey, 95); Greenwood, E Robson, McEvoy (Molyneux, 65), Blinco; Wright; Nelson (Embleton, 107). Subs not used: Lowrie, Purvis.
Newcastle U18: Woodman; Cobain, Newberry, Cameron, Laidler; Barlaser (Broccoli, 101), Drennan; Roberts, Longstaff, Ward (Heaney, 76); Armstrong. Subs not used: Holmes, Harker, Pollock.
Bookings: Hume 38, Ledger 63, Armstrong 78, Roberts 90, Cobain 111, Woodman 120
Referee: R Joyce
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