Newcastle United U-18s had a great 3-2 win at home to Manchester United on Saturday, with striker Lewis McNall scoring a hat trick and putting Newcastle 3-0 up, before the young Red Devils came back with two late goals to make the final score 3-2.
Lewis McNall celebrates after scoring first Newcastle goal
Newcastle played really well and were the better side for long stretches of the game and the final score of 3-2 is not representative of how good Newcastle were.
Callum Smith set up all three chances for McNall, as he scored a hat-trick of headers.
After the game coach Dave Watson was delighted with the performance of the youngsters:
“It’s great to see our striker McNall score a hat-trick with his head and it shows just how good our delivery and distribution was today,”
“Overall, I thought we were fantastic. For 85 or so minutes we pressed really well and stopped Manchester United from playing by not giving them any time on the ball.
“We know teams like Manchester United can hurt you if you give them time and space so the fact that we stopped that just goes to show how well we did.
“We showed really quality on the ball and our energy levels were excellent for the majority of the game.
“We’ve got a very young side but Dan Ward and Jack Hunter coming back from the under-21 squad gave us a big boost as they were excellent in the middle and their experience rubbed off on the rest of the team.”
“The final few minutes were disappointing from a coach’s perspective.” “To concede two late goals does put a slight dampener on things.”
“But when you put in the amount of energy we did today, you expect us to fade slightly toward the end.”
“Perhaps we should have killed the game off better than we did but to beat Manchester United at any level is a great achievement.”
“It’s been a good learning curve for the lads and hopefully they can push on from here.”
After the game Lewis McNall, who is an up and coming striker at Newcastle tweeted this.
Good 3-2 win over Man Utd this morning, lads were class happy to get a hatrick too ?? #nufc
— Lewis McNall (@mcnall_lewis) September 5, 2015
It’s good to see the youngsters at Newcastle doing so well, and we’ll have to keep an eye on young Lewis McNall, as he comes through the ranks.
Note: A number of Newcastle fans organized by Callum Taylor are raising funds for the Refugees forced to leave war-torn countries like Syria. They will have some banners at the West Ham game.
See if you can support them at their pledge page here – thanks.