Newcastle winger Alex Gilliead has made a dream start on his introduction to ‘men’s football’.
Going out on loan to Carlisle this week, the 19 year old said that the time had come and he needed to ‘out and playing men’s football now’.
Gilliead got his chance on Saturday afternoon as he made his debut in league football at York for the Cumbrians.
Making a dream start, the Newcastle winger laid on two first half goals to send Carlisle in two up at the break.
The first goal saw Alex Gilliead easily beat his man and whilst he had a chance to shoot himself, instead he laid it on for a simple finish for teammate Tom Miller in the 26th minute.
A few minutes before half-time he played a leading role again, the on-loan winger seeing his shot blocked and falling for Troy Archibald-Henville, who finished from 12 yards out.
When York went down to 10 men early in the second half it looked all over, leading Carlisle to substitute Alex Gilliead and give somebody else some minutes on the pitch.
However, Carlisle paid for their complacency as 10 man York produced a great fightback and scored twice in two minutes to rescue a point.
The match ending as a personal triumph for Alex Gilliead, if not his on-loan team. His Newcastle teammate Macauley Gillesphey who is also on loan at Carlisle, remained on the bench all match.
On Wednesday Carlisle are in action in the League cup and both Newcastle loan players have been allowed to play if selected.
Alex Gilliead will be hopeful he has done enough, as he faces the prospect of a dream second ‘men’s football’ match at Anfield, as Carlisle take on Liverpool, whilst Newcastle will be facing Sheffield Wednesday on the same night.
Alex Gilliead speaking to the official Carlisle United website when the loan deal was confirmed:
“I knew Carlisle were playing well and my agent spoke to me after our game against Arsenal on Friday night. He said Carlisle wanted me and Macca (Macaulay Gillesphey) to come in. As soon as I heard that I just said let’s make it happen.”
Playing men’s football:
“I need to be out and playing men’s football now so it’s a great opportunity. When I first joined Newcastle from my boys club I was playing as a number 9, but as I’ve got older I’ve been pushed out wide. I can play on the left and the right. I’m more right footed so when I play on the left I can cut in, but I don’t mind going down the line as well.”
Interest from better clubs:
“I did have interest from higher clubs but the style of football Carlisle play was one of the big reasons I wanted to come here. Peter [Beardsley] told me they play an attacking formation and that he felt it would be a good move for me.”
The Harry Kane route:
“I think because of the way football is going at the moment young players are going to have to go out on loan to get experience. If you look at people like Harry Kane he’s been at six or seven clubs.”
Anfield here we come?:
“As soon as I knew Carlisle were interested I was more than happy to come here. As I say, Peter Beardsley said we should grab the opportunity and I’m glad we did. We could be playing at Anfield next week so what better experience could you ask for!”
As for Newcastle’s other on-loan players – yesterday Sammy Ameobi played all but the last few minutes as Cardiff lost 2-1 at Rotherham.
Whilst in League Two, Freddie Woodman was beaten in the 28th minute to give Yeovil a 1-0 win at Crawley.
Over in France, Marseille take on Lyon on Sunday night, with Remy Cabella hoping to be involved.
Meanwhile, on Saturday afternoon Southend won away 2-0 at Millwall, with Shane Ferguson getting the last 20 minutes as a sub for the Lions.
Wigan registered a 2-1 win over Fleetwood but it was without the services of Haris Vuckic who picked up an ankle injury last weekend.