It was a disappointing display and loss by our first team yesterday at Fulham, but on Saturday 17 year-old Nile Ranger scored another three goals for the Newcastle Under-18 side who won 5-2 at our Little Benton training facilities.
Nile Ranger – scores goals for fun
Newcastle Under-18s maintained their league topping position of the Academy Table on Saturday, at the Little Benton training facilities, with a good 5-2 victory over Huddersfield Town. The KO was at 12:30 pm.
Nile was bought from Southampton in the summer, after a little personal trouble, but he has settled in well on Tyneside, and has now scored 15 goals for Newcastle teams, and he’s starting to make a name for himself with Newcastle fans.
We are continually seeing good young players at Newcastle startign to come through, and we just hope we can continue to recruit teenage talent at the club, whoever ends up buying our famous club.
But it was Michael McCrudden, a Northern Ireland youth international who put Newcastle ahead after only a minute of the game, as he raced onto a long through ball before finishing nicely with cool precision.
After another 3 minutes of play Ranger got his first goal when he deftly drifted by two defenders before finding the net.
Chippendale then got a goal back for Huddersfield soon after that but Nile Ranger (what a name!) got his second goals with an easy point blank chance, which he took after 22 minutes.
And then before half time Whickham-born youngster Conor Newton fired home from Ranger’s knock-down, so Nile also made one. Hiddersfield scored their second goal but then Nile completed his hat-trick on 72 minutes when he put the ball home from a James Tavernier’s cross.
The Youth team has been playing very well this season and they start their FA Youth Cup challenge when they have a home tie against the winners of Oldham Athletic and Rotherham United, in the Third Round of the FA Youth Cup.
Last season, we were surprisingly beaten by Midland side Shrewsbury Town at St.James’ Park with a 1-0 win through a very late goal, when the lads couldn’t come back.
The previous two years we got to the semi-final of the tournament, and with the players we have, we hope to do very well this year.
All ties must be played by Saturday, December 13, and Oldham and Rotherham meet this Wednesday.