It was a final scoreline of Sunderland 3 Newcastle 4 at the end of a dramatic game in the FA Youth Cup.
Whilst the senior side has forgotten how to win one, Newcastle’s young stars are making it a habit of beating Sunderland, the Magpies marched into the last eight of the FA Youth Cup after a dramatic win on enemy turf.
Midfielder Matty Longstaff was ecstatic after the final whistle and life is good for him and his family at the moment. Older brother Sean is now getting a taste of first team football on loan at Kilmarnock, whilst Matty has been getting games for the NUFC Under 23s despite still being only 16 years old.
After the seven goal thriller, Matty Longstaff spoke to NUFC TV:
“We are very happy with it but I think a lot of people are tired after it.
“It was good the character was shown to come back, after going 3-3.
“When you have (striker) Lewis McNall on the pitch, you always know if he gets an opportunity he is going to score. He scores all the time and when he even gets half a chance he’s going to take it.
“I think we just had to keep our heads on a night like this, the biggest thing is keeping 11 men on the pitch and I think we did that well.
“We were good the first half but could improve on the second, we have to look at playing the full 90 minutes.
“A couple of years ago the 18s played Chelsea (in FA Youth Cup at St James Park) and they had twelve thousand in, so hopefully a big crowd if we get a home draw.
“It was a derby, so anything could happen and it was also bragging rights – to see who has got the better team.
“They have got a couple of players who have played in the Premier League this year, so to do them over like this is great.”
Sunderland 3 Newcastle 4
Nathan Harker, Ben Kitchen, Kieren Aplin, Matty Longstaff, Owen Bailey, Lewis Gibson, Adam Wilson, Kelland Watts (Mace Goodridge 67), Lewis McNall, Thomas Allan (Dan Lowther 57), Callum Smith