33 mins Ofoborh
Half time: Magpies 0 Cherries 1
50 mins Gillesphey shot 1-1
54 mins Ndjoli shot 1-2
57 mins Charman shot 2-2
82 mins Charman header 3-2
Full time: Magpies 3 Cherries 2
survived a change of venue and some filthy weather, United U23s twice came from
behind to seal their Premier League Cup Quarter Final spot on Friday.
A waterlogged pitch at Whitley Park meant a swift relocation next door to the
Darsley Park first team training ground, leaving a handful of fans with nothing
in the way of protection from the elements.
Both sides played some neat football in the early stages although Newcastle
created the better chances. Mo Sangare was to the fore early on and one of his
runs and shot at goal in the 10th minute forced a good save out of Bournemouth
‘keeper Mark Travers.
Midway through the first half, Sangare created a terrific chance for Owen
Gallacher, playing a superb ball through the middle which the winger read to
perfection as he broke past defenders into the penalty area. Sadly he shot wide
with only the ‘keeper to beat.
But it was not all one-way traffic and some sustained Bournemouth play on their
left flank ended with them taking the lead in the 33rd minute. The United
defence had a few chances to clear the danger but failed to do so and Nnamdi
Ofoborh found the far corner of the net with a low shot from the left side of
the penalty area.
Newcastle got back on level terms on 52 minutes, when Macaulay Gillesphey left
his defensive role, pushed forward to play a nice inter-passing move and then
shot across the ‘keeper from the left corner of the six yard box.
But just three minutes later, The Cherries were ahead again. United pushed up
but left themselves open to a counter-attack and Mikael Ndjoli's skill saw him
take the ball around home goalkeeper Otto Huuhtanen to score.
It was only 1-2 for a couple of minutes though, before the Magpies drew level
again. A peach of a cross from the right by Yasin Ben El-Mhanni was made to
measure for Luke Charman inside the penalty area and despite the attentions of a
defender, he neatly side-footed the ball home.
Despite the atrocious conditions, both teams served up some attractive football
and went for the winner. There were eight minutes left when Gillesphey sent in
an inch-perfect ball from the left for Charman to calmly head in his thirteenth
goal of the season.
Bournemouth tried one last throw of the dice by sending on two substitutes in
the last couple of minutes and pushing up goalkeeper Travers in added time. As
the steady rain gave way to a deluge though, Ben Dawson's side held out and
avoided the unwelcome prospect of extra time.
PLC last 16 ties:
16.03.2018 Newcastle 3-2 Bournemouth
16.03.2018 Aston Villa 2-0 Blackburn Rovers
16.03.2018 Southampton 0-4 Leicester City
17.03.2018 Brighton 3-0 Everton
21.03.2018 Wolves v Exeter City
21.03.2018 Boro v Liverpool
27.03.2018 Sheffield United v Derby County
29.03.2018 Swansea City v Bristol City
With thanks to AC