An entertaining eight goal thriller saw Newcastle United bow out of the FA Youth Cup on Monday night.
A bit of a shame there were only 2,847 there to watch the quarter-final but rotten weather and two home games in the last week, as well as two televised away matches in the next five days, means there are heavy demands on many a Newcastle fan’s time.
The young Newcastle stars managed to make an even slower start than what we witnessed on Saturday against Bristol City and Keanan Bennetts gave Spurs the lead after only three minutes.
Reo Griffiths then added a second only four minutes later and the night had embarrassing written all over it.
Credit though to the young home players who dug in and though under the cosh for most of the first half, managed to keep it to only two goals at the break, to give them just maybe a glimmer of a chance.
Goals can change games and sure enough, five minutes into the second half and Gallacher wins a penalty which Lewis McNall converts, game on again.
That goal giving Newcastle a real boost and looking a different team, they were now on top. Sadly, against the run of play Kazaiah Sterling then restored Tottenham’s two goal advantage with 25 remaining,
United though weren’t quite done and got back on the front foot, Lewis McNall pulling it back to 3-2 with seven minutes left on the clock.
This proved to be the first of three goals only three minutes apart, Tottenham making it 4-2 in the 85th minute via Tanganga, before Gallacher then went up the other end and made it 4-3 with four minutes to go.
The final minute did indeed see an eighth goal but it wasn’t to be, as it was Spurs who made the final score 5-3 through a Dylan Duncan goal.
Newcastle United don’t reach the semi-final but the players can be proud of their character as they refused to lie down against a talented opposition and going behind 2-0 in the first seven minutes.
Newcastle 3 Tottenham 5 – Monday 27 February 7pm
Harker, Kitchen, Bailey, Gibson, Aplin, M.Longstaff, Goodridge (Heaney 77), Gallacher, Allan (Smith 68), Wilson, McNall