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Season 2002-03
Workington Reds (a) Friendly
Date: Tuesday 6th August 2002, 7.00pm 

Venue: Borough Park


Workington Reds

1 -5 Newcastle United Reserves


6 mins A long ball out of defence from Caldwell found Carl Cort. He sprayed it out to the left flank for Quinn to cross to the unmarked Ameobi on the far side of the box, who shot low and in across the keeper. 1-0

19 mins Cort flicked the ball on from an Orr pass and it luckily ended up with Griffin. He took it on and squared for Wayne Quinn who rolled it back to Orr to convert from six yards. 2-0

28 mins Craig Potts fired home from close range after Orr and Quinn both slipped, allowing space down the right for Darren Wilson to cross. 2-1

34 mins Ameobi got his second when Lee Hoolickan was robbed by Orr who strode on and centred for Ameobi to nod home comfortably at the far post. 3-1

Half time: Workington 1 Newcastle Reserves 3

76 mins Shola completed get his hat-trick when a quick break out of defence found Orr with room in the centre of midfield. He moved it out to Stephen Brennan galloping down the right hand side, who found Ameobi unmarked. He beat the keeper with a routine finish. 4-1

78 mins Tommy English burst through one on one, the keeper parried but Brennan was on hand to walk the ball into the net. 5-1

Full time: Workington 1 Newcastle Reserves 5 

We Said

Tommy Craig commented:

"It's great for the young lads to be playing with regular first-team players like Carl Cort and Robbie Elliott, and they can learn a lot from playing with experienced players.

"I've had a good mix of players to use in the last couple of games, and while I've started games with the senior players the young lads haven't let me down when I've thrown them on.

"I feel for Corty a little bit because it's just not going for him in front of goal. Maybe he's trying too hard, and instead of just hitting the ball when he's in a good position he's trying to make sure it goes in. 

"That's what happens when strikers have those little bad runs, but to his credit he is working hard and getting in the right positions and that's pleasing for me.

"I was also pleased with Robbie Elliott, who performed tremendously well. He's got a fantastic attitude and he sets a great example to the younger players in the team."

They Said

Tommy Cassidy commented:

"Bobby Robson has done brilliantly for us. I expected a couple of big name players in but he has done us a big favour.

"I know Tommy Craig said that Bobby wanted to help Workington and the sporting public want to come along to watch Premier League players.

"It's a great experience for our players, taking on the likes of Cort, Acuna, Ameobi and Elliott." 

Workington Chairman Dale Brotherton added:

"As a Newcastle fan, I'm absolutely thrilled at the team Bobby Robson is sending over and I know he would do anything he can do help us."


Once again we returned to the now-familiar setting of Borough Park for a friendly match, as two of our more distinguished players of the 1970's were pitted against each other.

In the away dugout and with a team that cost around 20m to assemble, Tommy Craig. Urging on the home side having re-crossed the Irish Sea to take up the Unibond cudgels, Tommy Cassidy.

Shola Ameobi filled his boots with a hat-trick but strike partner Carl Cort just can't get a confidence-boosting goal at the moment. 

He hit the post and in a 90 second spell in the second half saw two shots saved and a header go wide. Crestfallen wasn't the word as he left the field at the final whistle looking as if he had all the cares of the world on his shoulders.



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