A big wake up call on Wednesday night with Newcastle v AFC Wimbledon in the FA Youth Cup, as the League Two club’s young players not only knocked out the best of Newcastle’s young talent, but also outplayed them for large parts of the match.
By far the better team in the opening period, midfielder Alfie Egan put the visitors ahead after half an hour and they went in one up at the break, the reality being it could have been far worse for United.
Hopes were raised when immediately after the game restarted for the second half, exciting young striker Lewis McNall levelled things with a very smart finish after Heaney’s pass.
However, Newcastle couldn’t go on from there and at best only maybe matches their lower league rivals in the second period.
With a couple of minutes left, Egan scored his second and AFC Wimbledon deservedly dumped the Newcastle United Under 18s out of the FA Youth Cup, with AFC Wimbledon’s young players now waiting to see if they will face Chelsea or Manchester United at home.
Whilst the likes of McNall and one or two others clearly have talent, just like at first team level there seems to be little clear focus or plan at under 18s and under 21s level as to how to progress players and come up with a winning formula.
The club is a total mess and never mind the short-term relegation fight for this season, the mid and long-term outlook doesn’t give you much hope either.
Peter Beardsley went into the AFC Wimbledon dressing room after the match and congratulated them on their deserved win (watch that here).
Watch the five minutes of match highlights below. The Premier League club Under 18s are the ones in black and white stripes…