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Season 2005-06
Middlesbrough res (h) Premier Reserve League North
Date: Monday 20th March 2006, 7pm

Venue: Kingston Park



Newcastle United

3 - 0 Middlesbrough


3mins Smylie shot 1-0

13mins Pattison shot 2-0

Half time: Newcastle 2 Smogs 0

69mins Terrell shot 3-0

Full time: Newcastle 3 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.

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 November.

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 net.  

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 penalty spot.

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.



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