Border Select XI (a) Friendly
Half time: Border XI 0 Newcastle 0
Back among his "ain folk", Tommy
“But to be invited up here and to get such a good turnout was very pleasing. It was a really warm night so from our own point of view the boys had a really good shift and we weighed in with a few goals at the end.
“We were sitting in the dug-out thinking the game could end 0-0 because their goalkeeper was pulling off all manner of heroics.
“I thought surely he can’t do the same in the second-half, but low-and-behold he comes out and he’s still putting the shutters up. It was an amazing performance for an hour. It’s a long time since I’ve seen a keeper perform like that. If he does that every week he’s got a chance.”
Borders Amateur coach, Rob Shiel,
“People often say we’re a one sport area, but I disagree. Football’s definitely a growing sport and especially in the amateur ranks.
“I believe the Newcastle team have not lost a goal for a few games so it was great to score and it’s great for a team of such quality to come to the Borders and entertain the fans.
“Willie McMillan was absolutely tremendous and he’s one to watch for the next couple of seasons in the Border Amateur.”
A rare visit by
a Newcastle team to the borders town
of Galashiels, birthplace of former Scotland international midfielder John Collins and a
fair few other Magpies followers.
Congo-born striker Calvin Zola-Makongo opened the scoring ten minutes into the second half heading in from a Martin Brittain corner.
And it was the livewire substitute Brittain who
doubled over advantage within two minutes, being chopped down on the edge of the
penalty area and getting up to make it 2-0 from the spot.
Brittain then claimed his second with a strong shot in the 82nd minute, an effort that would have completed his hat trick had the goalpost not denied him from 20 yards a few minutes earlier.
However, not to be denied was Bradley Orr, with
goals in the 88th & 89th minutes to seal a 6-1 success in the final
scheduled pre-season friendly for the reserves.