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Newcastle United young stars in a shocker as they concede 8 at home in opening match

1 month ago

The young Newcastle United stars kicked off their season on Saturday.

The NUFC Under 18s hoping for better times after having become perennial strugglers.

Playing at home against a young Burnley side who have had almost no pre-season preparations, due to covid issues badly hitting their Under 18s squad, Newcastle United hoping to have every chance of getting their new season off to the best of starts.

A bizarre five goals in the opening 21 minutes saw the Newcastle United Under 18s leading 3-2.

Mellon and Etaluku scored the goals as the visitors raced into a two goal lead in nine minutes, only for NUFC to turn it around in three minutes with goals of their own from Ndiweni (18, 20 mins) and Turner-Cooke on 21 minutes.

Things calmed down for a while from there, until Etaluku levelled things at 3-3 on the stroke of half-time with his second goal.

However, after six goals shared in the first half, the second 45 minutes was a shocker for Newcastle United.

Eastmond put Burnley back in the lead on 51 minutes, before then Mellon got his second on 63 minutes to send the visitors 5-3 ahead.

Just like the first half things then calmed down for just over 20 minutes before a garndstand finish with a further three goals in the final six minutes.

Unfortunately, they were all scored by Burnley players, as Smyth-Ferguson scored twice either side of a Walters goal.

An 11 goal ‘thriller’ to start the season for the Newcastle United young stars but plenty of work clearly to be done as they prepare for Wolves away next weekend.

Final Score – Newcastle United Under 18s 3 Burnley Under 18s 8

Newcastle United:

Bessent, Stewart (Green 78), Nicholson (McNally 46), Thompson, Barclay, J.Miley, Huntley, Parkinson (L.Miley 63), Crossley, Turner-Cooke, Ndiweni

Only one game in but for many Newcastle United fans this is just yet another small reminder of Mike Ashley allowing any kind of proper investment in the NUFC Academy. To now be in his 15th season of ownership, it is shocking to see how few first team appearances have been made in that time from Ashley era home produced players.

Pretty much every season one of struggle for the NUFC Under 18s and Under 23s, very difficult (impossible!) not to connect these season after season results and feeble number of first team players produced, with the failure to allow any kind of reasonable investment in the Academy, including the feeble net spend overall on infrastructure at Newcastle United under Mike Ashley.

We now have a position as well, where failure to invest in producing young players, has seen Mike Ashley oversee a process whereby now the NUFC Under 23s team and squad is largely made up of young players who have been released by other clubs after failing to make it, brought to Newcastle simply to make up the numbers. The NUFC Under 23s last season finishing 13th of 13th in the second division of the two division reserve team set-up.


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