23 Newcastle United fans turn up to see NUFC lose to Port Vale as EFL Trophy participation ends
A hardy contingent of 23 Newcastle United fans were at Vale Park on Tuesday night.
They were amongst a crowd of 571 that saw this season’s final NUFC action in the EFL Trophy.
Port Vale had already qualified from the group stage with wins over Macclesfield and Shrewsbury.
In contrast, Newcastle couldn’t qualify as they had already lost to those two clubs.
United gave as good as they got in the opening stages and Jack Young came close to getting the first goal of the game. However, it was Mark Cullen who struck first for the home side, scoring five minutes before half-time.
Tom Allan was denied by the Port Vale keeper in a one on one just before the break but it should have been 2-0 straight after half-time, a shot clearly some way over the line after hitting the bar and bouncing down, no technology used at this level to help out the officials who waved play on.
Things appeared to going Newcastle’s way as on 51 minutes an excellent cross from Jamie Sterry was met by Elliot Anderson’s head to equalise.
However, there was to be no consolation result in this final group game because whilst both sides had further chances, it was Port Vale who came out on top, Cullen getting his second and the winning goal when rounding Turner in the Newcastle goal to knock the ball into the empty net on 87 minutes.
Port Vale topping the table with nine points and Newcastle United bottom without a single point.
Still a valuable exercise though for the NUFC Under 21s being able to take on first teams from the lower divisions.
Last season of course saw an excellent run of four wins against league opposition in this competition, beating Doncaster, Grimsby, Notts County and Macclesfield.
Elias Sorensen scored in all four of those games but with the likes of him out on loan, the Newcastle United Under 21s lacked some of the quality and/or experience of last year’s squad.
Last year of course also had the glorious added bonus of Sunderland having a first team fixture against a bunch of Newcastle kids. The mackems may have won that game but it was a defeat for them before it kicked off, having the humiliation of having to play a Newcastle United Under 21 side in a first team match.
Port Vale 2 Newcastle United Under 21s 1
Turner, Sterry, Walters, Sangare, Cass, Francillette, K.Scott (Longelo 66), Young, Charman, Allan, Anderson (J.Scott 84)
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