clear and mild.
£3 entrance, 50p programme.
reserves went in front after just
five minutes when Stuey Green linked up with McClen and Colin
McMenamin side-footed home from 12 yards. 1-0
21 McMenamin again doubled the lead from close range, the ball
breaking to the Scot after Olivier Bernard had found himself with space in
the penalty area and tried unsuccessfully to round the keeper. 2-0
31 mins It
should have been 3-0 when McGuffie was fouled in the box, but James
Coppinger put the penalty wide of the post.
Ashington 0 Newcastle Reserves 2
73 mins Reserve team
debutant Richard Offiong anticipated the impending through ball
from Mark Boyd, running unopposed from the halfway line to beat
the keeper in a
78 mins His latest strike partner Jamie Coppinger completed
the scoring for United with glancing header from a deep Boyd cross. 4-0
88 mins Greg Peary got a consolation for the home side after confusion in the United box allowed him the chance to
score from six yards.
Full time: Ashington 1 Newcastle
Tommy Craig agreed with NUFC.com
when he singled out Olivier Bernard for praise:
"I don't normally pick out
individuals but I thought Olivier Bernard had a superb game.
"It looked as though he benefited from a really good pre-season
schedule, he looked strong, powerful and quick. He got into good areas and
"He's come back from Belgium with the first team and looked very
A good first game for the second team
at the familiar and welcoming location of Portland Park, Ashington (even if
their manager is a mackem.)
Tommy Craig brought a youthful side for the game, with comparative old
hands Karelse, McClen and Beharall outnumbered by the new breed of Academy
As a measure of the passage of players through the reserve side,
exactly a year ago the team that took the field at Ashington included
Ameobi and Steve Caldwell (who both featured at in senior action at
Lokeren the previous Saturday), and the now-discarded McMahon Hamilton,
Brady and Ketsbaia. Marcelino also played here last year....
to step up this season are Steve's brother Gary and central midfielder
Stuart Green while the likes of Mark Boyd and David Beharall will face
competition for their reserve places from the likes of Bradley Orr and
Just behind them in turn are the Academy starlets who tonight were given an
opportunity at this level for the first time. Goalkeeper Phil Pringle,
central defender Peter Ramage and the prolific Richard Offiong
will all have benefited from the experience of playing against local lads,
some of whom dreamt of professional football careers only a short time
As a measure of the competitive nature of the match Cowan left the field on the hour with a
bump the size of an egg over his eye after tussling with a home player,
while Olivier Bernard was singled out for a bit of rough treatment.
However, the Frenchman was probably
the best performer on view, stylish in both defence and attack down the
The game was generally played in good spirit, although the Ashington no.16
was substituted on the advice of the referee after a second stiff
challenge on Bernard, rather than face formal punishment.
The crowd enjoyed a fine night and appreciated some good positive play
from United, with the early season pitch allowing the midfield to move the
ball and the defence to step upfield in the attractive style that Tommy
Craig preaches. The Magpies managed one less goal than last year and
failed to keep a clean sheet, but created enough chances to have doubled
Watching from the main stand were old-timers Bobby
Robson and side-kick Charlie Woods and Robson brought the house down when they
arrived just in time for kick-off and proclaimed, "We've found
it!!". He was probably looking for the long-gone pit to
remind him where the ground was.....