By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter
At the Sports Direct Arena
Newcastle United Under-18s 2 (Hoganson 20, Hooper 52)
Blackburn Rovers Under-18s 2 (Edwards 26, Cotton 74)
Blackburn Rovers win 3-0 on penalties
In front of a crowd of 2,026, including Alan Pardew, John Carver, Steve Stone and Andy Woodman, Newcastle United's youngsters were cruelly beaten on penalties in the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup.
Michael Hoganson gave United a 20th minute lead before Ryan Edwards equalised, but JJ Hooper put the Magpies in front once more.
Substitute Robbie Cotton levelled for a second time, though, and after extra time could not seperate to two sides, Cotton stepped up to take the winning penalty after Newcastle failed to score any of theirs.
Dave Watson's players were clearly devastated as they crashed out of the cup in such harsh fashion, but they can be proud of the way they contributed to a thrilling game - and for their displays throughout the competition.
PENALTY SHOOT-OUT UPDATES
Robbie Cotton for Blackburn... scores. Baird goes the right way this time, but it's right in the corner and Blackburn are through to the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup (0-3)
Michael Hoganson for Newcastle... saved. Urwin blocks the midfielder's shot and is then booked for something he said to the distraught young Magpie (0-2)
Bradley Mason for Blackburn... scores. He sends Baird the wrong way, choosing the opposite side to O'Connell's penalty (0-2)
JJ Hooper for Newcastle... misses. The striker's shot goes over the bar (0-1)
Jack O'Connell for Blackburn.., scores. He sends Alex Baird the wrong way (0-1)
Ben Sayer for Newcastle... saved. Matthew Urwin dives to his left to keep out the midfielder's low effort (0-0)
The spot-kicks will be taken at the Gallowgate end - not that it matters that much as there are no fans behind the goal.
EXTRA TIME UPDATES
120+1mins - Extra time has been unable to seperate the teams, so it's gone to a penalty shoot-out.
120mins - There will be one minute of time added on.
116mins - It's been a tense second half of extra time with both teams clearly having little left in the tank. That certainly applies to Blackburn's Curtis Haley, who makes way for Timothy Payne. Just before that, Alex Baird made another fine stop to deny Raheem Hanley, but the midfielder had been adjudged offside anyway even before the Aussie keeper's intervention.
105mins - In the final action of the first half of extra time, Michael Riley plays a diagonal ball upfield which is headed away by the Rovers defence as far as Will Turton, whose volley flies wide. If that had been on target, it would have broken the Leazes end net but as it is, we have 15 minutes of football left to find a winner - or else it's penalties.
104mins - A swift Blackburn attack sees Cotton slipped in on goal for what looks set to be his second of the evening - but Alex Baird saves United. The Aussie stayed big to make a crucial stop from the substitute and still the score remains level.
101mins - After such a fast-paced game, both sets of players are clearly tiring now and the tempo has lessened while several players are suffering from cramp. Could a mistake prove crucial?
93mins - From Ben Sayer's cross, Dennis Knight gets up to head the ball but sends it narrowly wide as Matthew Urwin scampered across his goal.
91mins - Steven Logan, who suffered a head injury during the clash which forced Blackburn's William Beesley off, has been taken off just over half an hour after coming on. Will Turton - who set up the extra-time winner for Newcastle in round five - is the man who has replaced him.
SECOND HALF UPDATES
90+5mins - It's full-time and so the match will go to extra time. It's the second time United have faced extra time during this cup run but it's a new experience for Blackburn. Both sets of players are receiving instructions and keeping loose ahead of another 30 minutes of football.
90+1mins - Miele's corner is met by the head of Storey, but the defender got his angles wrong and headed well wide of the target. The winning goal would have been no less than he deserves for an inspired display at the heart of the Magpies' backline.
90mins - There will be five minutes added on at the end of this match - and then, it would appear, a further 30 minutes of extra time.
86mins - After great play from Hoganson and Michael Riley had forced a corner down the left, Brandon Miele's flag-kick was met by Remie Streete. His header, alas, drifted wide although Dennis Knight tried his best to get a touch to force it goalwards.
84mins - Blackburn think they've scored - but Ryan Edwards' effort is ruled out for offside. Sub Cotton spotted him at the far post and played the ball across for the Rovers skipper to prod home, but an assistant referee's flag saves United.
78mins - Steven Logan and William Beesley clash heads as they go up for a high ball and it's a horrible collision. Logan comes off slightly better, although he'll certainly have a big lump just above his eye tomorrow, but Beesley has to be stretchered off with Bradley Mason coming on in his place. The stricken Rovers man receives warm applause from the Newcastle fans as he is carried off.
74mins - BLACKBURN GOAL (2-2): With virtually his first touch, sub Cotton puts Rovers level. A cross was half-cleared but only as far as the midfielder, whose 20 yard strike is deflected to leave poor Alex Baird wrong-footed. Newcastle looked like they might just be able to hang on but now it's level pegging once more.
73mins - Yet another vital block from Storey, who along with Remie Streete has been superb tonight. Hugo Fernandez Molina's header was on target but Storey was in the way once again. Tonight's crowd is 2,026 - by some distance the highest of the cup run so far.
72mins - Reece Hands makes way for Robbie Cotton in Rovers' first change of the evening.
69mins - After Dennis Knight was fouled 22 yards out, the midfielder picks himself up to take the free-kick. Whether it was intentional or not is open to debate, but his inswinging delivery requires evasive action from Rovers keeper Urwin, who tips the ball over the bar as it threatens to dip under the crossbar.
62mins - As Osawe sends a potshot wide for Rovers, the home fans rally their team - with a vuvuzela clearly audible in the East Stand as well as the usual chants. It sounds like a match from the 2010 World Cup - and rest assured, for those lads out there it's every bit as important.
61mins - For the second time in this half, Louis Storey gives a masterclass in last-ditch defending with a fantastic tackle on Haley six yards from goal. Then Logan makes an equally important block from the resulting corner - it's backs to the wall right now but it's working.
58mins - Dave Watson makes his first substitution of the evening, replacing Marcus Maddison with Steven Logan. Maddison has been involved in both Newcastle goals so can be pleased with his night's work, but Scottish youth international Logan is more defensively-minded so that may well be behind Watson's thinking as we approach the final half an hour.
52mins - NEWCASTLE GOAL (2-1): JJ Hooper got the winner in the last round against QPR - is it too early to hope that his latest goal could prove decisive here? He absolutely lashed the ball home from 12 yards at the Gallowgate end after Marcus Maddison's clever through-ball and for the second time tonight, Newcastle are in front under the Sports Direct Arena floodlights. Hooper is wearing the number nine, and that finish was worthy of the shirt.
51mins - Louis Storey makes a fantastic block to keep the scores level and deny Ryan Edwards his second goal of the match. The Blackburn skipper's header was goalbound but Storey somehow got his body in the way with the kind of defending that regular Academy observers have become used to from the big defender.
47mins - From Raheem Hanley's throw-in, John O'Sullivan hits a shot from the edge of the area but it flies wide. The Rovers striker claims it took a touch off a black and white shirt but referee David Webb disagrees.
FIRST HALF UPDATES (PRESS F5 TO REFRESH)
45+1mins - Miele is again involved in a Newcastle attack, as Maddison runs with the ball and plays a clever one-two with the Dubliner before hitting a first time strike which flies narrowly over the bar. And that's the last chance of an absorbing half which has seen United finish the stronger of the two sides but has largely seen the visitors dictating the play following Michael Hoganson's 20th minute opener.
45mins - There will be just one minute of stoppage time at the end of this first half.
44mins - Brandon Miele starts and finishes a fine Magpies move on the stroke of half time. The Irish midfielder plays a glorious 50 yard pass for Hooper to chase and the striker holds the ball up well to allow Miele to get up in support before laying the ball off. Miele's shot from 20 yards, however, goes over the bar.
39mins - Hanley lets fly for Blackburn from 25 yards and it whistles just wide. The visitors have certainly been on top since Hoganson gave United the lead and it's not hard to see why they had hammered in 14 goals and conceded none in the competition before tonight.
28mins - Osayamen Osawe wriggles down the left and into the box, before trying to squeeze in a shot from a narrow angle which Baird has to block with his legs.
26mins - BLACKBURN GOAL (1-1): Rovers have put United under real pressure since going behind and captain Ryan Edwards has led by example to level. The big defender stayed up from a corner and when Wylie crossed the ball back in, Edwards sent a towering header looping into the net and it's all square at the Sports Direct Arena.
24mins - From Raheem Hanley's corner, Curtis Haley ghosts in and sends a header crashing back off the underside of the bar with Baird beaten. Then O'Sullivan hits a half-volley which takes a wicked bounce to almost catch out the goalkeeper, but he manages to palm the ball up before grabbing it at the second attempt.
21mins - That response was almost an instant one because, after Osayamen Osawe sent a header over the bar, Haley popped up in the box and sent a shot on the turn inches wide of the far post.
20mins - NEWCASTLE GOAL (1-0): A wonderfully worked goal from Newcastle gives them the lead, and it's Michael Hoganson with his second goal of the competition. Marcus Maddison squirted the ball through to JJ Hooper on the right wing and the striker whipped in an inch-perfect low ball which Hoganson slid in and tucked past Urwin. On the balance of play, it's probably just about deserved but expect a strong response from the visitors.
12mins - Both sides look like they have goals in them tonight and from right-back Peter Wylie's good run and cross, Curtis Haley swivels and shoots in one fluid movement, but it's straight at Alex Baird, the Magpies' Australian goalkeeper.
11mins - Dennis Knight siezes on a loose pass in midfield from a Rovers player and advances towards the box before letting fly with the outside of his right boot. It's a difficult skill, though, and the number ten's shot lacks the power to beat Matthew Urwin in the Blackburn goal.
5mins - The first chance of the game falls to the visitors, who are unchanged from the side which beat Stoke 4-0 in the last round. Decent build-up around the box sees John O'Sullivan let fly and his effort is deflected off target for a corner, which United deal with comfortably.
1min - Alan Pardew, John Carver, Steve Stone and Andy Woodman are all here tonight to lend their support to Dave Watson's youngsters and the game is now underway as Blackburn, in blue and white, take kick-off. Remember, if the scores are level after normal time the match will go to extra time - and penalties if required.
Newcastle United Under-18s: Alex Baird, Alex Nicholson, Remie Streete (c), Louis Storey, Michael Riley, Marcus Maddison (Steven Logan 58, Will Turton 91), Ben Sayer, Brandon Miele, Michael Hoganson, Dennis Knight, JJ Hooper
Subs not used: Jonathan Mitchell, Jamie Smith, Lee Toland
Blackburn Rovers Under-18s: Matthew Urwin, Peter Wylie, William Beesley (Bradley Mason 78), Reece Hands (Robbie Cotton 72), Ryan Edwards (c), Jack O'Connell, Osayamen Osawe, Raheem Hanley, Curtis Haley (Timothy Payne 116), John O'Sullivan, Hugo Fernandez Molina
Subs not used: Christopher Dilo, Thomas Paul
Referee: David Webb