20th March 2002, 7pm
original date of Monday evening had been calm, cool but dry in the
Kingston Park area. Inevitably this evening was damp, starting
with a light shower and persisting steadily towards the closing
29 mins Lomana LuaLua
opened the scoring after 29 minutes following a strong run from Kerr,
finding Orr who then crossed from wide on the right. LuaLua killed the
ball in the box and then curled a rising shot to the goalkeeper's left 1-0
41 mins He
then claimed his second 12 minutes later in similar fashion, curling a
stunning effort into the top corner again from just outside the area, at
the "City end" of the ground
Half time: Newcastle Reserves 2 Man City 0
Full time: Newcastle Reserves 2 Man City 0
Tommy Craig commented:
"We needed Lua Lua to come up trumps and he did
with his two goals."
"Sometimes I am
hard to please because I like us to play a certain way and because of our
"We perhaps did
not reach those standards last night but a win is a win and it was
important that we made another home game count.
"It was a very
competitive game. To be honest, Man City had as much of the ball as we did
but our two central defenders, Stevie Caldwell and Marcelino, were very
Man City only had one real shot on target all night. The game did not flow
as much as I would have liked but the conditions and pitch did not help."
The visit of Manchester City's second
string to Tyneside last night saw United reserves record an easy victory,
but at some cost. There was no sign of Kevin Keegan, and by the end of the
night another former England Manager had good reason to be frowning.
Both Kieron Dyer and Shola Ameobi
left the field within the first half hour of the game. Ameobi suffered a
self-inflicted leg injury (later confirmed as ligament damage) when
tussling with Tyrone Mears of City, the Newcastle player being guilty of a
high boot that caught Myers somewhere near his chin.
As the City player went to ground, Shola seemed to suffer a delayed
reaction before also tumbling over - initial thoughts were that he was
trying to avoid a booking, but it soon became clear this wasn't the case
as physio Paul Ferris and another City player carried him over towards the
Chopra was introduced as a replacement and took up his familiar central
striking position, as opposed to the right midfield role he's filled in
recent reserve games.
Then within 10 minutes, United were forced to reshuffle again when Kieron
Dyer walked off the pitch with play going on at the other end.
There seemed no obvious incident to blame for what was initially thought
to be an injury, save for the player stretching to control a pass shortly
before that could conceivably have caused a pull or strain.
Despite later reports from media sources who weren't actually at the game,
Dyer walked from the pitch with no obvious signs of discomfort or injury.
After a short spell sitting on the bench he headed for the dressing room
with the club doctor, who was starting to have a busy evening.
It later emerged that Dyer was ill as opposed to being injured, having
complained of feeling unwell and being sick in the dressing room.
United were lucky not to end the half with a trio of injuries, as Olivier
Bernard became involved with City defender Furnival, after the latter
had attempted an agricultural challenge that saw toon coach Tommy Craig
end up on the pitch as the players squared up to each other. Thankfully
Bernard avoided the worst of the challenge and was ok to continue.
The rain steadily worsened in an
uneventful second half as United ran out comfortable winners, with the
club Doc once again called upon as Dunfield of City fell heavily in added
time and was stretchered from the field by the St.John's boys.
For United Brian Kerr again put in a decent shift and looked to bring the
ball forward into the opposition half from central midfield - given the
current paucity of available midfielders at the club it looks increasingly
as if he'll be attempting to reprise this role at Highbury on Saturday.
PS - Congratulations to fledgling keeper Adam Collin, who kept his first
clean sheet in his 5th start at this level, combining reserve team
football with going between the sticks for our U17 side.