Whilst their United teammates were lying down for Sheffield Wednesday reserves back on Tyneside, two Newcastle loan players were having the night of their young lives.
Glory was missed out on by the smallest of margins as Newcastle’s Alex Gilliead and Macauley Gillesphey very nearly helped pull off a famous victory for Carlisle United.
Facing a strong Liverpool side at Anfield, the two 19 year old Newcastle loan players were brought on as second half substitutes in the third round League Cup match,
Gilliead had made two goals in his first ever senior match on Saturday, helping Carlisle to a 2-2 draw at York.
He came on in the 64th minute against Liverpool, whilst Macauley Gillesphey’s first ever senior appearance came in the 73rd minute, both players coming on with the score at 1-1.
An impressive 42,518 crowd helped make it a very special night for the United pair and both played key roles as the match unfolded.
Gillesphey made at least one goal saving block, whilst at the other end he very nearly grabbed the winner.
Alex Gilliead also had his moments and almost managed his third assist in four days, but the score remained at 1-1.
The extra half hour brought no further goals and with a penalty shoot out beckoning, with two Newcastle players on one side, maybe we could all have expected waht was to come.
Liverpool emerging 3-2 winners on penalties, with Carlisle failing to convert three of theirs.
Thankfully neither of the Newcastle loan players were called on to take one and join the long list of United penalty takers who have failed in the past.
So eventual disappointment for Gilliead and Gillesphey but a proud night for both and they can hold their heads high after their personal contribution, something that none of their Newcastle teammates back home could do with any conviction.