Greg Olley


By Dan King - Newcastle United Digital Editor

Dave Watson has named a 19-man squad for Tuesday night's FA Youth Cup quarter-final against Chelsea.

Newcastle host the Blues at St. James' Park in the last eight clash, with a 7.05pm kick-off under the floodlights.

Under-18s Coach Watson, who has admitted that he already knows what his starting XI will be, will have to cut three players from the final 16-man matchday squad and is missing defenders Macaulay Gillesphey and Jamie Cobain through injury, while midfielder Jordan Storey is preparing to undergo an operation.

But Ben Drennan has shaken off a knock while United will be able to call upon strikers Adam Armstrong and Jonathyn Quinn, who have scored seven goals between them so far in the competition this term.

And England under-18 wide man Alex Gilliead, who has captained Newcastle throughout their cup campaign, is available.

If the scores are level after 90 minutes, extra time and penalties will be played.

The East Stand will be open, with cash turnstiles in use, and admission prices are £3 for adults and £1 concessions. There is no free admission for season ticket holders and Members for this match.

Arsenal await the winners in the last four after they beat Everton on Monday night.

The squad is: Rolando Aarons, Adam Armstrong, Daniel Barlaser, Macauley Booth, Ben Drennan, Liam Gibson, Alex Gilliead, Tom Heardman, Olivier Kemen, Ryan McKinnon, Greg Olley, Brendan Pearson, Jonathyn Quinn, Callum Roberts, Lubo Satka, Liam Smith, Jamie Sterry, Callum Williams, Freddie Woodman.

Admission at St. James' Park on Tuesday, 11th March (kick-off 7.05pm) will be £3 for adults and £1 concessions