Half time: United 0 City 0
61 mins Logan shot 1-0
81 mins Lopes penalty 1-1
Full time: United 1 City 1
Reserve coach Willie Donachie:
"I thought they did fantastically well. First half they were a bit edgy and
nervous because I think they were worried about reputations, but in the
second – when they were more positive, played more simply, moved and took
responsibility – I thought they were really, really good.”
Having returned from Moscow with his senior
side just hours earlier, Alan Pardew was present to see the reserves on Friday
afternoon and should have been heartened by what he saw - especially the form
shown by fit-again central defender Remie Streete.
A drab first half saw City control most of the possession with the Magpies
offering little to trouble the visitors and plenty to keep Streete busy along
with fellow defender Curtis Good - the latter playing his first game since a
League Cup final outing for Bradford City on loan.
Jonathyn Quinn had an early chance to put United ahead when he ran onto a poor
backpass, but miscontrolled when well placed. City's Denis Suarez then saw two
efforts at the tail end of the half, one blocked by a defender and the other
easily dealt with by goalkeeper Jonathan Mitchell.
Pardew disappeared just before half-time and with Alex Gilliead replacing Alex
Nicholson before the restart, United came out looking better in the opening
exchanges of the second period. Gilliead should have scored with an effort from
12 yards that was blocked and Romain Amalfitano's strike from the edge of the
box was well saved, as the home side gained the ascendancy.
That domination was rewarded in the 61st minute when Steven Logan controlled a
cleared cross from James Tavernier, 22 yards out and volleyed superbly over City
custodian Ian Lawlor and high into the net, for his first-ever goal at this
Ten minutes later winger Rolando Aarons almost caught out the 'keeper at the
near post but it was turned round for a corner. In the 75th minute a great
curled effort from City substitute Fofana flashed narrowly wide and then three
minutes later Lubomir Satka made a superb block to deny Seko Fofana's rasping
City equalised in the 81st minute from the penalty spot when a long range effort
was pushed onto the post and Tavernier fouled Devante Cole as the striker tried
to reach the rebound. Marcos Lopes slotted the penalty low to Jonathan
Mitchell's right and then two minutes later, substitute la Rosa had an effort
brilliant beaten away by the 'keeper.
With four minutes remaining, Amalfitano saw his volley saved from a Tavernier
cross as an excellent second half came to a climax. Neither side could come up
with a late winner though and the game finished all square, as had the meeting
of the two sides at U18 level earlier in the week.