Alex Baird

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Two players will make their debuts for Newcastle United Reserves in tonight's Northumberland FA Senior Cup quarter-final tie against Ashington (kick-off 7.30pm).

Australian goalkeeper Alex Baird and Northern Ireland youth international Lee Toland both start for Willie Donachie's side. The Academy pair have been on the bench at second-string level but this will be the first time either of them has played.

Wollongong-born Baird - who arrived from Derby County in March 2010 - has been the first choice keeper for United's table-topping under-18s side this term while Toland has forced his way into Dave Watson's team for the last three games.

Toland will start at left-back with another Academy player, Alex Nicholson, on the right-hand side of defence. Remie Streete, 17, will be partnered by Tamas Kadar - who travelled with the first-team to Manchester United last weekend.

Ryan McGorrigan, another Academy starlet, will be on the right-hand side of midfield with Bradden Inman and Michael Richardson in the centre and Joan Edmundsson on the left.

Slovenian ace Haris Vuckic will play behind frontman Dan Taylor. Last season's top scorer for the under-18s has again been in fine form this term but still awaits his first Reserve team goal.

On the bench, are defender Michael Riley, midfielder Ben Sayer and forwards Adam Campbell and JJ Hooper. Jonathan Mitchell is the substitute keeper.

Newcastle are the holders of the competition and knocked Ashington out at the semi-final stage last year. Should the scores be level after 90 minutes, the match will go to extra-time - but if there is still no winner after that, a replay will be required.

Newcastle United Reserves (4-4-1-1): Alex Baird; Alex Nicholson, Lee Toland, Remie Streete, Tamas Kadar (c); Ryan McGorrigan, Bradden Inman, Michael Richardson, Joan Edmundsson; Haris Vuckic; Dan Taylor

Substitutes: Jonathan Mitchell, Michael Riley, Ben Sayer, Adam Campbell, JJ Hooper