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Season 2008-09
smoggies (h) Premier Reserve League (North)

Date: Monday 23rd February 2009, 7pm

 Whitley Park 




Newcastle Reserves

Boro Reserves


3 - 2




43mins Doninger shot 1-0

Half time: Newcastle 1 smogs 0

48mins Doninger penalty 2-0

75mins Franks shot 2-1

80mins Franks header 2-2

93mins Doninger header 3-2

Full time: Newcastle 3 smogs 2

We Said

Alan Thompson - our third different reserve team boss in four games - commented:

"I think 2-2 would've been unfair really because for the first 75 minutes we were by far the better team. To be fair to Middlesbrough they did get it back level but we dug in and got a deserved winner. 

"It was Mark who got it and I thought that was just reward for an excellent performance, his all-round game was good apart from his hat-trick.

"We had five lads who played 90 minutes for the Academy down at Derby on Saturday and they haven't had much time to recover before facing a strong Middlesbrough side.

"But fair play to them, they put in a real good shift and even when it went to 2-2 they stuck in. I was delighted for the lads when the third went in because they really deserved it.

"It was nice to take charge of the lads and a good start. I've been back here six or seven months and I'm enjoying it. It's hard work, you don't finish at 1 o'clock like when you were a player, but I'm loving it and it's great to be back."


United's reserve side won their third successive game on Monday night and completed a seasonal double over the smoggies in the process - but almost let two points slip.

Midfielder Mark Doninger put United ahead on 43 minutes with a low shot and when the same player converted from the penalty spot three minutes after the break, a home win at Whitley Park looked assured.

However, the visitors rallied and struck in the 75th and 80th minutes through England youth international striker Jonathan Franks, who beat Tim Krul in the United goal with a shot and then a header, as our defence fell asleep.

At that point United looked to have paid the price for some second half slackness after going 2-0 up, but just when the draw looked inevitable, up popped Doninger to nod home a Kazenga LuaLua corner in added time.

With Colin Calderwood absent (spotted with Chris Hughton at the Hull v Spurs game), coach Alan Thompson took charge of the side and handed highly-rated youngster Aaron Spear his debut at this level in the latter stages of the game.

And as well as Spear, there was a debut for Paul Dummett at left back and Danny Williams, who came off the bench to make his reserve bow. Michael McCrudden meanwhile was handed his first league start.
Doninger's treble was the first league hat trick of the season for United's reserves and the first since January 2008 when Andy Carroll notched three away to Boro. 



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