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