13mins Pattison shot 2-0
Half time: Newcastle 2 Smogs 0
Middlesbrough Reserves' title challenge
was dealt a big blow by Tommy Craig's side on Monday evening, as we
extended our season-long unbeaten run at Kingston Park.
Full time: Newcastle 3
Malcolm Crosby's smoggy stiffs arrived on Tyneside in second spot, five
points behind leaders Manchester United.
However they left on the wrong end of their biggest defeat of the
campaign, after Newcastle avenged their 3-4 reverse at Billingham last
United took the lead after just three
minutes when 'Boro keeper Bradley Jones made a complete hash of Daryl Smylie's low
15-yard shot and allowed it to pass through him and into the
Jones was also at fault when we doubled
the lead ten minutes later, after Michael Chopra's neat turn and flick
gave him a shooting chance from the left hand side of the area.
Although Jones blocked that effort, he
spilled the ball and Matty Pattison gleefully netted from six
yards for his third goal in as many home reserve outings.
The visitors tried to get back into the game with both Danny Graham and
Tom Craddock trying their luck, but the half ended with United again on
the attack and Chopra going close twice on 38 and 40 minutes.
In an increasingly robust second half, Boro felt hard done by on a few
occasions as decisions went against them, but had barely tested Caig when
the Magpies went further ahead on 69 minutes.
A great shot from Pattison brought an
equally fine diving save from Jones but from O'Brien's resultant corner
substitute Michael Terrell netted with a first-time effort from near the
That was the 18 year-old's first touch in the game and his first goal at
this level. And to make it extra-sweet, the Gateshead -born midfielder was
once on Boro's books.
As the game moved into its final stages it became evident that Boro were
fated not to score, one amazing incident seeing two penalty appeals within
a minute separated by an effort on goal that rebounded off the post.
Terrell almost grabbed his second and United's fourth seconds later, but
after picking up Pattison's forward pass he saw Jones block his effort -
with team mates on either side well-placed had he passed.
A well-earned three points for the reserves in front of Glenn Roeder, but
also an ever-dwindling band of hardy regulars at Ice Station KP. Shame.