Tuesday night at St James Park and Elias Sorensen yet again put the ball in the back of the net.

A crowd of over a thousand Newcastle fans and a small travelling group of Macclesfield supporters saw an NUFC Under 21 side reach the last 16 of the Checkatrade Trophy.

They were up against League Two Macclesfield’s senior side and the young Magpies toughed it out.

Midway through the first half, winger Callum Roberts found Liam Gibson on the left and his cross was met by Elias Sorensen to give United the lead.

Sol Campbell was briefly a Newcastle player when joining as a free agent for the 2010/11 season and this was his first game as Macclesfield manager.

A tight game appeared to be heading for a one goal home victory, only for the visitors to beat the offside trap and equalise with five minutes remaining.

At the end of normal time it went straight to penalties, no extra time.

Elias Sorensen had been subbed shortly before the equaliser so he couldn’t take a penalty.

He wasn’t needed as Newcastle scored all five, whilst Nathan Harker saved the second Macclesfield penalty.

Which meant that when Sangare stepped up and scored the fifth, there was no need for the visitors to take their final one.

A great result and it sees Newcastle’s kids through to the last 16 and still with the intriguing possibility of playing Sunderland, their first team also winning tonight, beating League Two Notts County at the Stadium of Light.

As well as 18 goals altogether this season, Elias Sorensen now has 14 goals in his last 11 appearances.

For the team, the last 11 games in all competitions show nine wins, one draw and just the single defeat. In the process scoring an impressive 29 goals in the 11 games.

Newcastle United Under 21s 1 Macclesfield 1 (NUFC win 5-3 on penalties)

Harker, Walters, Gibson, Bailey, O’Connor, Watts, Allan (Longelo 65), (M) Longstaff, Sorensen (Sangare 80), Roberts, Wilson (Toure 74)



  • mentalman

    I don’t really watch the u23 games but people i know who do say Roberts is the real star of the team

    • Kev Newcastle England

      Owen Bailey

  • panther

    He looks a better bet than hoss, get him on the bench tomorrow, we know what has can do unfortunately, let’s give the lad a chance

  • Mrkgw

    Quite how Rafa feels that this lad isn’t worth a pop in the first team is a mystery. Especially when you look at the failings of those at his immediate disposal. Mitro all over again maybe……?

    • mentalman

      Do you really want rafa to pick him, if he does all that will happen is he’ll have his poachers instinct trained out of him and his defending will improve

  • JohnnyH

    The Fulham game might be his best chance, at home against the bottom team.
    He’s got to be better than hoss

  • KennySamsung

    Should he be given a chance in the first team?

    The answer is Rafa wont put him in until safety has been secured or possibly on the bench in a cup game.

    Level of the best opposition played so far has been 1st or 2nd division standard, can’t compare him to anyone until he plays against the top teams in my opinion and for that to happen I’ve already mentioned above.

    • DeadToiler

      I don’t think Rafa will give him a chance. Not in the league anyway. He might get 15 minutes against Blackburn. I reckon he’ll be gone after the end of the season.

      • KennySamsung

        You could be right, if a miracle happens and a new owner comes in with money to spend I can gaurantee we wont be worrying too much about the younger ones (unfortunately).

    • Sickandtired

      Just as well all those managers who took chances on Rooney etc didn’t have the same mindset. Sessegnon has been playing first team football for Fulham from the age of 17!
      That said, considering how few chances are made for a lone striker in this team, I wouldn’t want to demoralise the lad by throwing him in.

  • Peaky

    Be patient…hang fire,whatever…..the lad will get his chance…..just somewhere else…..💷💷💷£££££££….”

  • TeessideMag

    Admittedly I’ve not seen him play other than highlights… Rafa and the staff know him better than any of us, if he’s ready, they will know. Its a different level obviously, going from league 1-2 standard to Premier league, I guess you’ve got to look at his movement, reaction, awareness more than anything, to understand how he can adapt to the pace and quality of the Premier league, it’s not just all about the finishing. Might be getting in to spaces and getting opportunities he wouldn’t get in the prem, lucky to get 1-2 clear cut chances per game, it’s about keeping switched on to be able to take them

    • Sickandtired

      If Muto can’t get a game, as an international, then Sorenson has zero chance under Rafa.

  • Themoscow72

    To be fair he did not have his best of games and the next round is going to be more more tricky. Will need Sean Longstaff in the team if we are going to make it to Wembley. Great to see a lot of older women there last night with their wolly hats on proper die hard supporters braving the elements. Thank god no extra time or we might have lost some supporters for Sunday. The people I asked in the concourse last night at half time not one boycotting but that is no surprise as these people live for Newcastle United.

    • Kev Newcastle England

      Fkn clown

      • Themoscow72

        Off to Everton shortly so no more posts from me till four in the morning.

        • Kev Newcastle England

          Enjoy the absolute thrashing that will happen and Pickford rubbing it in again

  • If we go down, we can basically, come back up with half that side and Ritchie, Gayle, Perez, Dummett, Diame and Lascelles.
    4-5 of those lads are bonified Championship quality, which we haven’t had in one team in 10 years!