8 mins Wickham 0-1
16 mins Inman 1-1
35 mins Campbell 2-1
Half time: Magpies 2 mackems 1
50 mins Wickham 2-2
Full time: Magpies 2 mackems 2
Willie Donachie said:
“It could have ended up four-each, or any score you wanted - sunderland
brought an experienced team with some international players, so bearing that
in mind it was a good outing.
“It was a chance for my players to
play on the big pitch at the stadium against a strong side, so it ticks all
the boxes in terms of their development. And considering we only had one
defender in the team, Curtis Good, and the rest were all midfield players,
to only concede two goals was OK to be honest.
“They gave everything they could, and
that’s all you can ask for. It’s a great experience for Curtis to play
against experienced players like Louis Saha and Wickham.”
On Michael Richardson:
“It’s his ankle ligaments that are the problem, but it’s too early to
say how bad it is. His ankle is quite swollen, and he’s not soft – if he
stays down, you know it is something serious.
He’ll have to have a scan today to see what damage has been done. I asked
him what happened – whether he had got a kick or whether he went over on
it – but he doesn’t really know.”
For the second
successive season the points were shared at St. James' Park in the reserve
derby, as Magpies duo Brad Inman and Adam Campbell continued their own private
The pair have now netted nine of our 13 goals in the U21 league so far this
season and grabbed one apiece in the first half here - with Inman one ahead on
However, it was the flair of Sammy Ameobi that proved to be United's main threat
for much of the game, as he completed a second 90 minutes in four days after
recovering from a hamstring problem.
Following Friday's 0-1 loss to Southampton at Whitley Park, Dan Gosling, Mehdi
Abeid and Shane Ferguson were drafted into the Newcastle starting XI - although
our ongoing defensive shortage means that the latter pair appeared at right and
left back, respectively.
Meanwhile, captain Curtis Good had another stand-in central defensive partner in
the shape of Michael Richardson, with both Remie Streete and Alex Kitchen
injured and Paul Dummett out on loan.
That defence was breached after just eight minutes though, when ex-Magpie junior
Billy Knott sent over a left wing cross and Connor Wickham had all the time in
the world to beat Jak Alnwick in the Gallowgate goal.
A touch of fortune then put the home side level on 16 minutes, when mackem
'keeper Jordan Pickford made a hash of dealing with Campbell's through ball and
Inman needed no second bidding to bury it into the empty net.
United's second strike of the evening then also had a touch of fortune, when
Campbell's speculative strike on goal eluded Pickford thanks to a sizeable
Ahead at the break, more defensive uncertainty from United quickly saw the
mackems draw level, Ji providing the cross this time for Wickham to supply
another routine finish.
Former Newcastle striker Louis Saha
had looked lively throughout the night and missed the chance to put his side
ahead shortly after, before teeing up Wickham for another chance - although
Alnwick managed to block.
Lacking width but with winger Marcus Maddison left unused on the bench, United
were forced into a change with 20 minutes remaining when Richardson had to be
carried off on a stretcher.
That saw Yven Moyo appear in a central role and Gosling drop back in to central
defence and although the French midfielder tried to orchestrate some attacks, it
was the mackems who continued to look the more dangerous.
Clearly tiring and having twice cheaply surrendered possession in the closing
stages, Ameobi found the energy for one more run and shot that flashed just wide
of the goal - the third time in the game that he'd worked an opening for himself
but missed the target.
And there was a final fright for United deep in added time, when Abeid's hasty
tackle on mackem substitute Mitchell looked to be right on the edge of the area.
Thankfully, referee Iain Turner awarded only a free kick, which was wasted when
Saha could only direct his header over the bar.
Tyne-wear Derbies -
Premier Reserve League:
2012/13 drew 2-2 Inman, Campbell
2011/12 drew 3-3 Obertan, Gosling, Donaldson (SJP)
2008/09 lost 1-2 Godsmark (SJP)
2007/08 lost 1-3 OG (KP)
2005/06 won 3-2 Finnigan, Carroll, Smylie (KP)
2004/05 drew 1-1 Guy (KP)
2003/04 won 3-1 Ferrell 2, Guy (SJP)
2002/03 lost 0-1 (GS)
2001/02 lost 2-4 English, McMenamin (KP)
2000/01 lost 0-1 (KP)
1999/00 won 3-1 McMahon, Robinson, Gall (KP)
(GS=Gateshead Stadium, KP=Kingston Park)