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Neil Redfearn hit for six in disastrous opener as boss of young Newcastle United stars

2 years ago

Neil Redfearn was surprised to find himself, along with Academy chief Ben Dawson, looking after the Newcastle United first team squad this summer.

As chaos reigned at Mike Ashley’s NUFC, the pair took charge of early season preparations and flew off with the squad to China, later joined by new head coach Steve Bruce.

Returning to Tyneside and his new proper day job former Leeds United and Doncaster Belles manager Neil Redfearn started preparing the Newcastle United second string (Under 23s) for the new season.

Hopes were high after just missing out on getting into the top tier of the reserve league set-up in the play-offs in May.

With the likes of former Bolton goalkeeper Jake Turner and Chelsea midfielder Kyle Scott added to the squad this summer, it looked to further boost their prospects.

Monday afternoon saw the Under 23s make the long trip to play Reading and Neil Redfearn named the following team:

Turner, Cass, McEntee, Watts, Walters, Bailey, Sangare, Allan, Scott, Fernandez, Sorensen

A strong looking line-up, including the likes of prolific goalscorer Elias Sorensen, as well as the two summer arrivals.

Unfortunately, it was all downhill from there…

On 12 minutes Tyler Frost gave the hosts the lead and then Andrija Novakovich (36 minutes) and Thierry Nevers (40 minutes) made it 3-0 by the break.

Longelo and Young were introduced early in the second half by Neil Redfearn and the flow of goals was halted for a while.

However, Andrija Novakovich added his second and Reading’s fourth on 65 minutes, before seven minutes later the NUFC captain Owen Bailey was red carded.

The final five minutes saw Nevers get his second and the fifth for the hosts, before Andrija Novakovich completed his hat-trick to end the scoring.

Back to the drawing board for Neil Redfearn and his players who will hope to bounce back on Saturday when they host West Ham.

Reading Under 23s 6 Newcastle United Under 23s 0

A better result and display from the Newcastle United under 18s at the weekend though.

The Newcastle’s youngsters kicked off the season at Little Benton on Saturday against Middlesbrough.

The two teams sharing six goals in an end to end game.

The visitors went 2-0 up before Joe White pulled one back before half-time

Lucas de Bolle then levelled after the break before United took the lead through Elliot Anderson.

Sadly, it wasn’t quite the perfect storyline coming back from two down to win 3-2, as Middlesbrough forced the equaliser in the final seconds.

Newcastle United U18s 3 Middlesbrough U18s 3

Brown, Oliver, Midgley, Carlyon, Swailes, Gamblin, Gilchrist (Brannen 80), White, Anderson, Harrison, de Bolle (Ndiweni 89)


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