The lads couldn’t quite get the job done tonight, and failed to reach the final of the FA Youth Cup.
Aston Villa came and beat the Newcastle youngsters in front of almost 5,000 fans, who turned out to support the future of the Newcastle club at St. James’ Park tonight.
Newcastle started well and looked the better team in the first 20 minutes. or so, as they had done in the first leg at Villa Park last week.
On 31 minutes Villa’s Roberts was injured and after some treatment was unable to continue, and Ebby Nelson-Addy came into the game as his replacement.
And on 34 minutes Aston Villa took the lead as Nelson-Addy made an almost immediate impact, as he went by two Newcastle men on the left wing and then put over a great cross, for Connor Taylor to easily head low into the net from about 10 yards out, giving goalkeeper Alnick no chance.
So Villa were up 2-1 on aggregate, after the 1-1 draw in the first leg.
On 40 minutes Sammy Ameobi (Shola’s younger brother) was unlucky when he ran towards the penalty area on the left flank, but was then forced to shoot quickly, but his shot went just inches wide, with goalkeeper Siegrist flat-footed.
Half time came after 4 minutes of added time with Villa still ahead 1-0 and 2-1 on aggregate.
Newcastle made two changes during the interval with Patrick Nzuzi replacing the injured Jeff Henderson and 17 year-old Slovenian star Haris Vuckic coming on for Greg McDermott.
Harris Vuckic started to show well, and was immediately involved in the game. Newcastle were looking good and trying to get the goal back, but found the Villa in good form, and increasing in confidence as the second half progressed.
And then tragedy struck for Newcastle on 76 minutes, when Amble-born Phil Airey crashed into Carruthers on the halfway line, leaving the Villa man sprawled on the turf.
Phil deservedly got a second yellow card and was sent off, and it was looking much more difficult now for the young Magpies.
On 83 minutes Haris Vuckic sprinted infield from the right wing, and won a corner when his left footed shot deflected off Blythe. Adjei put in a nice swinging corner to the near post, but again it was headed clear by Villa’s Carruthers, who was outstanding at the back for Villa tonight.
Time was running out for Newcastle and there was 4 minutes of injury time, and right at the death Villa almost made it two when Ryan Simmonds had a great chance as he rounded goalkeeper Jak Alnick, but right-back Tavernier managed to block the ball on the goal-line somehow.
Great play by the Bradford-born youngster, who made his first team debut at Peterborough in the Carling Cup last October.
And the final whistle sounded – and our lads had been beaten – the 3rd time in the last 5 years the Magpie youngsters have been knocked out of the FA Youth Cup at the semi-final stage.
But Newcastle were again unlucky tonight, as they had been in the first leg, but that’s the way these games go sometimes, and the all will have learned something from this two-legged tie with Aston Villa.
But hey, the bairns reached the last four of this famous FA Youth Cup competition after all, and all we have to say is – Well Done Lads!!
Best of luck to Aston Villa, who now meet Chelsea in the two-legged final.
Newcastle United: Jak Alnwick, James Tavernier, Jeff Henderson (c), Stephen Folan, Paul Dummett, Sammy Ameobi, Brad Inman, Greg McDermott, Conor Newton, Samuel Adjei, Phil Airey
Subs: Patrick Nzuzi, Ben Robinson, Haris Vuckic, Dan Taylor, Ryan McGorrigan
Aston Villa: Benjamin Siegrist, Durrell Berry, Derrick Williams, Richard Blythe, Ellis Deeney, Connor Taylor, Samir Carruthers, Danny Devine, Tomos Roberts, Kofi Poyser, Ryan Simmonds
Subs: Ebby Nelson-Addy, Callum Barrett, Courtney Cameron, Jack Dyer, Daniel Johnson
Referee: G J Sutton
Attendance: 4, 959.