For once these days SAFC v NUFC didn’t end in abject failure.
After 120 minutes and 7 penalties, Newcastle United emerged as the victors over Sunderland in the FA Youth Cup.
The young United team showing their senior colleagues the way with great application to see out two hours of football and then prove their bottle when it came to penalties.
A tight game saw no quarter given and chances were few and far between, the two with first team experience providing the biggest threat to the home goal, via Captain for the night Adam Armstrong and winger Callum Roberts.
However, it was to be somebody with only recent first team bench experience who would win the game for Newcastle.
Goalkeeper Freddie Woodman (pictured) had little to do during the 120 minutes of open play but proved his worth when it came to penalties.
The young Newcastle keeper was booked during the penalty shootout for gamesmanship but saved two and watched another miss the target, with only one of the four mackem penalty takers being successful.
On the other hand, Drennan, Longstaff and Captain Adam Armstrong all coolly slotted theirs and Newcastle now face Chelsea in a home tie with the prize a place in the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup.
A big well done to all thirteen players who brought United last night’s derby win.
Freddie Woodman, Jamie Cobain, Adam Laidler, Ben Drennan, Michael Newberry, Kyle Cameron, Dan Ward (Heaney 74), Daniel Barlaser, Adam Armstrong, Sean Longstaff (Broccoli 101), Callum Roberts