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Season 2005-06
Mackem res (h) Premier Reserve League North
Date: Monday 3rd April 2006, 7pm

Venue: Kingston Park



Newcastle United

3 - 2 mackems


3mins Miller deflected shot 0-1

36mins Finnigan header 1-1

38mins Carroll header 2-1

Half time: Newcastle 2 mackems 1

mins Smylie shot 3-1

79mins Le Tallec shot 3-2

Full time: Newcastle 3 mackems 2 

We Said

Tommy Craig said:

"The challenge is certainly there and to be honest nobody was really aware that we were unbeaten at home until recently.

"Now it has come to people's attention, it adds more pressure to the players and that is something extra they have to deal with. But if they can remain unbeaten this season it would be a real feather in their hat.

"It was a good game to watch and we overcame a more experienced side by working hard but also playing some good football on a bad pitch. At times we had to use the long ball but there was some good passing as well and that is something that is near and dear to my heart.

"Everybody knew they had done well against Sunderland and I told them that.

"I am always quick to tell them when they have done badly but also when we do well.

"If we finished the season unbeaten then won the Northumberland Senior Cup, it would be a big bonus for us."


Newcastle's second string emulated the first team and Academy side on Monday night, winning on Tyneside to complete a home clean sweep against the red and whites.

However they had to come from a goal down to maintain their season-long unbeaten record at Kingston Park, after the visitors grabbed a fortuitous early lead.

There were barely three minutes on the clock when midfielder Tommy Miller's shot looped over his fellow Easington native Steve Harper in the home goal - thanks in part to a hefty deflection from the boot of United's David Edgar.

With the pitch having cut up badly as a consequence of the weekend's Falcons rugby match, we struggled to get into the game - Edgar making a timely intervention to deny Billy Dennehy on seven minutes.    

The appearance of Academy forward Andy Carroll on the field just after the half hour though boosted us and the change was to pay an immediate dividend.

We got back on level terms on 36 minutes when Alan O'Brien found space on the left flank to send over a fine cross that was asking to be headed - Carl Finnigan obliging to net his 13th of the season. 

And two minutes later Newcastle were in front, Daryl Smylie shooting from inside the box only for shot to graze the crossbar and fall for O'Brien.

The winger again provided the perfect cross, this time Andy Carroll getting in front of a defender to head home for his first-ever goal at reserve team level.

With the mackem defence looking suspect every time we drove forward, more goals looked on the cards - Carroll somehow putting his close-range effort over the bar on 42 minutes, before O'Brien miscued a header from Martin Brittain's cross with a minute remaining.

A rare counter-attack on the stroke of half-time almost paid dividends for the visitors though, Neil Collins' shot from the edge of the box skimming off the top of the bar.

Things started slowly in the second half, with little of note before we extended our lead just before the hour mark.

There may have been the hint of a deflection, but there was no doubting that it was Daryl Smylie's shot from distance that flew past mackem 'keeper Joe Murphy.

That was the third successive home game that the Northern Ireland U21 international midfielder has found the target and he was mobbed by his jubilant team mates.

Two goals to the good and with the mackems resorting to their tried and tested technique of kicking people, the game gradually tailed off - but not before referee Haywood played his part.

A tackle from Christian Bassila more suited to the oval ball game saw him curtail Carl Finnigan's run at goal on 75 minutes, but the official incurred the wrath of the crowd by showing only a yellow card.

However justice was done with a minute of normal time remaining, when the same lumbering Gallic carthorse impeded Finnigan again - and received a second yellow for his trouble.

By then the mackems had pulled one goal back, when Liverpool loanee Anthony Le Tallec took a knockdown from Collins to steer a curling shot past Harper from just inside the box with eleven minutes to play.

They never looked remotely like snatching a point from this game though - and emulating our last-gasp leveller in the corresponding game at Durham last year. 



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