On Thursday night Newcastle under 18’s beat Darlington in the youth cup to progress to the next round in a competition which our young stars are taking very seriously.
I have already spoken to some of our young stars for this very ‘blog, which is one of the reasons I like to check out how well they’re doing. For instance Adam Campbell, a player we’ve previously interviewed, scored his first goal at St James’ Park in the 3-0 win the other night.
The game was a big one for the lads who dedicated it to Lee Toland’s brother Gary who died aged 25 this week; my thoughts go out to Lee.
Remie Streete gave United a first half lead which had us already half way into the fourth round, second half goals from Marcus Maddinson and Adam Campbell secured the win and a spot in the draw.
Newcastle United Under-18s (4-4-1-1): Alex Baird; Alex Nicholson, Remie Streete (c), Louis Storey, Michael Riley; Marcus Maddison, Brandon Miele, Dennis Knight, Michael Hoganson; Adam Campbell; JJ Hooper.
It was said that Darlington made a good account of themselves but on the night they could not cope with Newcastle who are joint top of their division at the moment. With 5 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss we’ve had a good start at youth level which bodes well for the future.
Newcastle have seven goal JJ Hooper and England youth international Adam Campbell in their ranks alongside Remie Streete, the youth team captain who has already played at the level above for the club.
Last year our youngsters were knocked out by the eventual winners Manchester United and then the previous year they got as far as the semi-final only to be knocked out by Aston Villa in a two legged tie. This year they’ve pledged to go further and they believe they can win the competition.
This is the level where some potential stars can be unearthed with Andy Carroll and other talents finding their way through the youth system. Adam Campbell has already made the step up and regularly gets his chance in the reserves with others such as James Tavernier and Bradden Inman.
I’m not sure when the draw is, but I’m hoping for a local away game near me so I can attend, as I take a great interest in our youth team who are a force at that level.
I know it’s not always practical for some of the fans to get down to watch these kids because of the distance some of us travel, and I’m not saying you have to, but it would be brilliant If some of the local fans could pop down and cheer these lads on when they’re playing their hearts out for the badge.
One way of supporting the lads if you cannot get to the games is by acknowledging their achievements is by letting them know on Twitter.
Give them your support!