Prolific Elias Sorensen makes it 18 Newcastle United goals for season – NUFC win penalty shootout and could face Sunderland
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)
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