Main Page

Quick Links

The Rest
   Club info
   Last Season
   Unlikely Lads
   A-Z Index



Season 2002-03
Leeds (h) Premier Reserve League (North)
Date: Monday 23rd September 2002, 7.00pm 

Venue: Gateshead International Stadium

Getting colder....a noisy night on the south bank of the Tyne - not from the crowd, but from occasional fireworks being let off in Gateshead plus the growl of speedway bikes that carried across from Brough Park.

Newcastle United Reserves

2 - 4 Leeds Reserves


7 mins It all started well for the home side when Michael Chopra scored after just seven minutes with a low diagonal angled drive past Nigel Martyn from 15 yards. Richard Offiong set up Chops who supplied a great finish with Leeds defender Kilgallon blocking his way to goal 1-0

Half time: Newcastle Reserves 1  Leeds 0 

47 mins
Seth Johnson equalised two minutes after the restart when Karelse fumbled a corner. Johnson shooting low past the helpless keeper 1-1

56 mins Leeds took the lead when Harpal Singh cut in from the left, outpaced the defenders and shot past Karelse, who should have done better 1-2

64 mins More torture for Karelse in front of a couple of his pals from the Dutch press when Farrell was allowed to break into the box unchallenged but then collided with Taylor and Karelse in the box in the act of shooting. The Leeds player was first to react from the tumble of bodies and although Karelse tried to trip him, Farrell got up to poke the ball past Ramage on the line. 1-3

76 mins Substitute Joe Kendrick gave United hope with a fine dipping effort from the right hand edge of the box that the keeper could only help in at the City end of the ground. 2-3

88 mins All thoughts of any further comeback were dashed when the visitors sealed victory two minutes from the end,  Milner slotting home a Singh cross after Kendrick missed his header 2-4

Full time: Newcastle Reserves 2  Leeds 4 

We Said

Tommy Craig said:

"We were the better side in the first 45 minutes and deservedly went ahead. But Leeds became the better side after the break and a lot of that was down to our mistakes.

"The game will have done the younger boys a lot of good  but we folded in the second half and that's something they can learn from.

"There were a lot of good things and a lot of bad things in the game. It was a very black and white game  if you pardon the pun."


Team news: Cort, Acuna, Steve Caldwell, Kerr and Farce-lino were all unfit. Everyone else was in the squad for the Feyenoord game.

Seven times Tommy Craig has led his reserve troops into battle against fellow Scot and toon old boy Roy Aitken's Leeds second string, and seven times he's failed to score a victory.

After a bright opening and a sparkling first goal, we again struggled to put real pressure on the opposition goalkeeper. Carrying on from the mackem game last week, the front players lacked support and service from the midfield ranks, and both Chopra and Offiong faded after the break as Leeds came into their own and deservedly regained their top spot in the league.

So it's played two at Gateshead, won none. The scoreline is secondary to the performance, but nobody really caught the eye over the ninety minutes. Hopefully the younger element of the team found it a beneficial exercise, but for the likes of Karelse it's a complete waste of time. Better to lose surely with the likes of Adam Collin between the posts than a bloke simply marking time.

PS - Leeds were expected to include David Batty in their reserve squad, but Terry Venables declared that the former Newcastle player wasn't fit enough, a view apparently not held by the player. Speaking of toon connections, Michael Bridges also didn't get a run out after his successful return to first team action, but his dad was spotted in the stand.

PPS - we only report the facts. Wayne Quinn parked his car adjacent to the stadium for this match. In a disabled parking bay. Insert own punchline here.



Page last updated 14 July, 2016