Newcastle United progressed to the 5th round of the FA Youth Cup with a 3-1 win over Swansea.
As Newcastle’s ball was pulled out of the hat for an FA Cup away draw with Oxford, if they beat Birmingham, the young United stars progressed in front of 1,307 to a potential meeting with Sunderland (they meet Shrewsbury in their 4th round FA Youth Cup match on Wednesday – the 5th round having been already drawn).
There was early and late drama as Newcastle took the lead in the third minute, Lewis McNall dispatching a penalty to send United on their way.
However, Swansea then proceeded to dominate and looked to be back in the game on the stroke of half-time when awarded their own penalty, only for United’s Nathan Harker to comfortably save a weak spot-kick.
Five minutes after the break though and the visitors did get the goal their play deserved, scrambling an equaliser from a corner.
United improved after that to match Swansea and regained the lead halfway through the second half, Matty Longstaff (brother Sean has just joined Kilmarnock on loan) putting in a free-kick for substitute Thomas Allan to head home and put Newcastle back in control.
Very late drama was to follow though, as in the final seconds of injury time Swansea won a free-kick and everybody, including the keeper, pushed up to try and force extra time.
Instead of an equaliser though, the ball broke to Thomas Allan who ran the length of St James Park before shooting into an empty net.
Newcastle’s youth into the last 16 and dreaming of glory, with an away derby at the Stadium of Light looking on the cards in the 5th round.
Newcastle United 3 Swansea City 1
Nathan Harker, Craig Spooner, Kieren Aplin (Lewis Cass 77), Matty Longstaff, Owen Bailey, Lewis Gibson, Owen Gallacher (Adam Wilson 75), Mace Goodridge, Lewis McNall, Mo Sangare (Thomas Allan 46), Callum Smith