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Season 2008-09
mackems  (a) Premier Reserve League

Date: Wednesday 21st January 2009, 7pm

 Eppleton Welfare

damp and heart-warming





Newcastle United

  1 - 2




20 mins: Ranger header 1-0

41 mins:
Dowson shot 1-1

Half time: mackems 1 Magpies 1

55 mins:
Godsmark shot 2-1

Full time: mackems 1 Magpies 2

We Said

Interim Coach Richard Money commented:

“It was a fantastic win, but I thought they fought very fiercely.

“We played well overall. We did get bullied a bit in the first half, but we stood up to it in the right way and passed the ball with real purpose.

“Nile has had some good games this season, but I thought he was tremendous last night. In the first half, when we were struggling, he played them on his own at times. In the second half the team gave him a greater deal of support and he led the line fantastically well.”

"Fraser made terrific saves. He had young defenders in front of him. It was a good team performance and we defended well in the second half. We were not quite at it in the first half as usual, but in the second period we really grew into it."

Winning goalscorer JG commented:

“You are always delighted to grab the winner against Sunderland.

“To be honest it was not the greatest goal I have ever scored, but James Taylor has done magnificently with a great touch to put me through on goal. I just kept my composure and stabbed it past the goalkeeper.

“It makes it all the better when you score the winner behind the line of your nearest rivals. It was a tough game and we had a dip after going into the lead. We showed character, though, to win it in the end.


The Magpies avenged an opening day defeat by the mackems by the same scoreline, as Jonny Godsmark again found the net against his favourite opponents on Wednesday evening.

In front of a healthy crowd at Hetton despite the rain showers, United scored with their first serious attack, striker Nile Ranger heading home Mark Doninger's 20th minute corner for his fifth reserve goal this season.

That spurred the red and whites onto greater efforts, with United's Fraser Forster continuing to be the far busier of the two goalkeepers. And although Forster managed to parry Jamie Chandler's effort on 41 minutes, he could nothing to prevent Dowson from sweeping home the rebound.

After the break the mackems looked to have taken the lead for the first time on 54 minutes with a close-range effort, only for celebrations to be cut short by a raised linesman's flag for an offside.

Within a minute though, the action switched to the other end of the field as Jonny Godsmark got on the end of a James Taylor through ball to fire past Nick Colgan.

That's now three goals in four Tyne-wear reserve derby games for the 19 year-old winger, who has now also hit the target in our last three second string fixtures.

After a first half when play was seldom channeled down our right flank and he'd been starved of the ball, Godsmark looked far more dangerous in the second 45 and tested the keeper on the hour with another shot on target.

Behind for the second time in the match, the mackems seemed to lose heart at that point and their cause was hardly helped by the dismissal of captain Jack Colback 
for a second yellow card with 12 minutes remaining.

There was a blow for the visitors though, as Tamas Kadar sustained a leg injury in the final minutes of the game. The Hungarian defender had played on after treatment of a similar problem at the end of the first half, but the second time round had to be stretchered from the field with what was later confirmed as a leg break.

Newcastle held out for the win on what was their first -ever competitive visit to Eppleton's Welfare Ground, robbing the league leaders of their 100% home record and inflicting only a second defeat of the campaign.



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