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Season 2008-09
 Newcastle Blue Star (a) Reserve friendly

Date: Wednesday 13th August 2008, 7pm

 Kingston Park


Admission £6 

No programme  



Newcastle Blue Star

Newcastle United

(blue and yellow shirt)

0 - 0
(abandoned 77mins)



Half time: Star 0 United 0

Full time:
Star 0 United 0 

We Said

Adam Sadler commented:

“It was not a bad performance. The lads had five games in three days in a youth tournament in Holland, so there was always going to be an issue of fatigue.

“I thought the effort and the attitude was spot on from the boys.”


Newcastle's reserve side were held to a goalless draw by their non-league hosts on Wednesday night, at what would more aptly have been named Kingston Water Park.

Coach Adam Sadler included two young trialists in his starting XI, Lucas Kominiak slotting in at left back, while Alex Solli lined up in central defence. 

The home side meanwhile featured a quartet of former Magpies in the shape of Chris Carr, Paul Brayson, Paul Talbot and Jamie McClen.

A forgettable first 45 was notable for the unwelcome sight of Kazenga LuaLua limping out of his comeback game after a strong tackle.

His replacement Jonny Godsmark almost made an instant impact, but shot wide on the half hour after twisting his way into the Star area.

And he came closer still two minutes before the break, when his pace took him past defenders and goalkeeper, but a combination of the sodden turf and a Star player held his goalbound shot up on the six yard line.

Godsmark then raced down the left and centred for Marwood to direct a strong header at the home 'keeper.

United swapped Tim Krul for Fraser Forster between the posts at half time and the Dutch watched as Brayson's shot was deflected narrowly wide on 53 minutes.

With the rain getting heavier and starting to make more and more of the pitch hazardous, Newcastle put together the move of the game just before the hour.

James Marwood looked a certain scorer as he latched on to Godsmark's right wing cross, but Star 'keeper Lowson blocked that effort - and then a home defender somehow cleared Danquah's follow-up off the goal line.

After that the non-league side pushed forward but failed to find a killer ball despite some nervousness in the Newcastle backline.

With the rain falling ever harder, the referee finally gave the "abandon pitch" order with 13 minutes remaining. 

Appearing on Wednesday night for United was Lukasz Kominiak (pictured), a Polish youth international defender who plays in his home country for Wisla Krakow.

The 18 year-old spent some time in England at the tail end of last season when he was invited for a trial at Liverpool.
The second new face on view at Kingston Park was Aleksander Solli (pictured).

Solli is an 18 year-old Norwegian youth international who arrived on Tyneside this this week for a trial.

He's currently on the books of little-known Norwegian Second Division side Løv-Ham.



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