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Dream Ends As Newcastle U-18s Go Down 1-0 To Aston Villa


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.

TEAMS

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.


79 comments so far

  • murvar

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #41

    For their goal Alnwick pushed the header on to the post and it bounced onto his back and bobbled in. We wasted too much ball and our final pass was too inaccurate. Having said that I thought Tavernier improved when he went to centre half. Newton was strong throughout, Ameobi showed flashes of Jonas-like dribbling and Shola-like body language, and Vukic looks a real footballer- albeit terribly one-footed (left). Folan and Henderson were strong. The left back is called something like Dummett. Airey looked as though he wants to be Andy Carroll off the field and he was a fool to get sent off.

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  • Toon1978

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #42

    baro

    He is an excellent talent and i’m sure you will be impressed when you see him play on a regular basis. Ashley will have pound signs in his eyes with this kid.

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  • baro

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #43

    Just hope hope hope hope he gets first team games in :):):)

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  • DanNUFC

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #44

    i think i read somewhere Vukic was on the bench against Man City last year

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  • The_Legend_Of_Jonas

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #45

    Toon1978

    I don’t thing DC is natural for him, but despite the goal, I thought he played some really nice stuff down the right before he was moved inside..

    In fact all of our best play came down the right hand side in the first half..

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  • Toon1978

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #46

    murvar

    I wonder if you where as frustrated as me throught out that game lol??

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  • NUFCELITE

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #47

    Good to hear yous fellas raving on about some of the young kids we got in the ranks.Shows maybe our youth policy really can work.

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  • Toon1978

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #48

    The legend of Jonas

    Yes you are right Ameobi was really good down the right with Tavernier sitting in behind him playing some good balls through Ameobi, BUT Ameobi moved over to the left later in the first half and then Tavernier made a huge mistake with that goal. I think that may have knocked his confidence for the rest of the game. Maybe i’m being harsh on Tavernier.

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  • NUFCELITE

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #49

    DanNUFC are you still playing for the youth academy mate?

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  • The_Legend_Of_Jonas

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #50

    Toon1978

    He made daft mistakes, am not denying that.. Just thought I saw something good in the lad.

    He’s still young anyway..

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  • DanNUFC

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #51

    NUFCELITE… no no… not that good haha, played for a season a couple of years ago… didnt work out, ive played with quite a lot of the players who were playing tonight… Tavernier, Newton, Nzuzi, Ameobi, Dan Taylor, but was nowhere near their level haha

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  • DJG

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #52

    The players who caught my eye were no.3 the LB, Drummet I think and no.10 Newton was very good. Vuckic was v v good and top quality young player its a shame he was clearly unfit and returning from injury.

    Unfortunately the RB Tavernier was again poor and at fault for their goal and another break away. Sammi Ameobi also was disapointing. He has bags of skill but his brothers lais back attitude. He also doesnt have the strength to fight in the air.

    The school boy ref was a disgrace, he failed to book thier no.12 after an awful tackle that left our player with probably a broken ankle. Then he book Phil Airey for a revenge tackle and then again in the second half for a very weak tackle to send him off.

    That said we were disapointing and although had the best individual players we didnt look as organised as them.

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  • NUFCELITE

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #53

    DanNUFC just thought we might have a rising star in the blog there ha ha.You must have been decent to get invited to the academy mate.

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  • DanNUFC

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #54

    haha, i was okay, was kept on for longer than i thought i would be, but it came to a point where they had to cut down the squad… it was a good experience though =]

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  • komfort

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #55

    shal a la la la la..shal a la la la la….maureen the murderess has chosen number 52 & there’s nothing you can do.

    ….pp&b

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  • NUFCELITE

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #56

    DanNUFC out of all our kids whos your tip only 1 name mind to be the toon army star of the future.

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  • DanNUFC

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #57

    well i would obviously say Vukic, Inman, or Newton, but they are obvious… but out of the players i know, i would have to say that i think Patrick Nzuzi is going to be a very good defender/midfielder (i know that wasnt technically 1 player haha)

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  • Toon1978

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #58

    NUFCELITE

    Not a question for me lol but i would like to give a tip and it would be Vuckic. I want to mention Conner aswell lol.

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  • komfort

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #59

    all this volcanic ash is making me very thirsty…NUFCLELITE have you got a spare shandy – shandy boy ?..

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  • Toon1978

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #60

    Komfort

    I have 12 bottles of Bud in the fridge and one next to me lol.

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  • komfort

    Apr 16, 2010 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #61

    toon there no good in the fridge … pass me a couple sharpish me old china..

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  • Toon1978

    Apr 16, 2010 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #62

    I’ll email them through to ya hehehehe!!!!!!!

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  • komfort

    Apr 16, 2010 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #63

    forget it av fund half a bottle a jd …. tanks anyhoo.

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  • NUFCELITE

    Apr 16, 2010 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #64

    DanNUFC i will be keeping an eye out for him coming though thanks for the tip mate.komfort nothing NUFCELITE aint heard before from people unfortuallty 1 or 2 of them aint with us anymore haha.

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  • Toon1978

    Apr 16, 2010 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #65

    NZUZI is a quality young player. I look foward to seeing him play a little more.

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Apr 16, 2010 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #66

    Hi lads, i was at the match and here are my player ratings

    Jack Alnwick- (7) very good kicking and unlucky for the goal but quiet most of the game which shows how lucky Villa were!

    James Tavernier- (6) would of been a 4 if he stayed at RB but he redeemed him self a bit at CB

    Jeff Henderson- (7) played well until his injury (at least i think it was him who got injured?

    Stephen Folan- (6) Didn’t do much, quiet but made no mistakes

    Paul Dummett- (7) Was very busy and played well and made some good runs but looked tired towards the end and looked quite unfit? (has he recently had an injury?)

    Sammy Ameobi- (7) You can tell he’s Sholas brother by the way he plays but he played well and played some good balls

    Brad Inman- (6) very quiet, didn’t know he was in the game until 60mins had gone 😛 Showed good strength winning balls but other than that nothing special

    Greg Mcdermott- (6) Nothing special, had a couple of shots but was replaced at half time by a much better player (Vuckic)

    Conor Newton- (10) MOTM, brilliant player, looks a bit like Paul Scholes 😛 Really impressed me and is very hard working also

    Samuel Adjei- (8) Played very well but from what i heard from other ‘regulars’ he doesn’t really impress other times but still played well putting in good balls and almost scoring a couple of times

    Phil Airey- (6) I was gutted i didn’t get to see much of the proper Phil Airey in action as he looked lost for alot of the game, however when his moments come he’s outstanding and also very hardworking, disapointed about the Red card but it defiantely was a double booking

    Haris Vuckic- (9) What a player, would’ve been MOTM if he was on pitch whole match and if it wasn’t for Conor Newton. Fast, Strong, Great Skill, Good Shot. Why do we need a CAM?? This guy is the answer to all our problems!

    Patrick Nzuzi- (7) a decent player, played better than Tavernier but did show sometimes why he was on the bench

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  • Toon1978

    Apr 16, 2010 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #67

    Turkish Magpie

    I couldn’t have said it better. I would agree with all of your ratings…. 🙂

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  • NUFCELITE

    Apr 16, 2010 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #68

    Turkish Magpie how big was the crowd mate?

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Apr 16, 2010 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #69

    Toon1978- Thanks m8

    NUFCELITE- Just under 5000, if i can remember i think it was 4959 people 😀

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  • Toon1978

    Apr 16, 2010 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #70

    NUFCELITRE

    5000 mate.

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  • NUFCELITE

    Apr 16, 2010 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #71

    Turkish Magpie thats not bad there is 1st teams in the lower divisions that dont get that mate.

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Apr 16, 2010 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #72

    Ano, a great turnout and i expect next years team will get even higher as we are starting to get known now

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  • komfort

    Apr 16, 2010 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #73

    turkish , where was it played m8

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  • NUFCELITE

    Apr 16, 2010 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #74

    Toon1978 thanks mate.Anyway fellas got to go big hairy thing wants a walk,no i wernt talking about myself haha but the dog catch you fellas laters

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  • Shot Bru

    Apr 16, 2010 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #75

    Hey NUFCETITE that’s no way to talk about your missus…

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Apr 16, 2010 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #76

    komfort- St james Park 😉

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Apr 16, 2010 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #77

    Right Lads am hittin the pillow, night lads 😀

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  • komfort

    Apr 16, 2010 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #78

    before i forget,,,,there’s a celebrity working the phones on noda taxis……give them a bell & see if you can suss out who has falling on hard times.

    ..tel 0191 222 1888 & for the majority slap 01144 in front of it..

    bed & nite.

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  • baro

    Apr 17, 2010 at 1:10 AM

    Comment #79

    Haris Vuckic is our future. No question about. I bet Mike Ashley will tell Chris Hughton to look at the kid and give him a big test. Since, Mike was there at the game, I read. And its his new policy.

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