Joe Kerridge

By Dan King - Newcastle United Digital Editor

Newcastle United Under-17s 1 (Kerridge)
Club America de Mexico Under-17s 0

For the second year in a row, Newcastle reached a Milk Cup final with a 1-0 win over Club America de Mexico on Thursday evening.

Unlike last year, when they lost 3-0 to Desportivo Brazil in front of Alan Pardew, United won't compete for the main trophy but instead will bid to lift the Globe section silverware on Friday.

Joe Kerridge got the only goal of the game with his second in two matches, having also netted in Wednesday's 4-2 defeat to Liverpool, and the Magpies will face the Reds again in the final after they beat Corinthians.

Playing as United's main striker, Kerridge scored towards the end of the first half with his weaker right foot and coach Dave Watson told "It was quite a close game. They were a good side and until the goal, we were both just trying to break each other down.

"They had their moments heading into the last ten minutes when they started to take chances and throw people forwards but we did well and it's good to get through to the final.

"We know a lot more about Liverpool's players, having played against them on Wednesday, and the lads know more about their strengths and weaknesses so let's hope they can perform. It'll be the fifth game in five days and that does take a lot out of you, so a lot of it will come down to who copes with that the best."

Greg Olley missed the match through suspension while Liam Gibson and Callum Roberts were carrying knocks.

The final will be played at the Coleraine Showgrounds with a 1.30pm kick-off.

Newcastle United Under-17s: Freddie Woodman, Jamie Cobain, James Mogan, James Atkinson, Kyle Cameron, Daniel Barlaser, Alex Gilliead, Jordan Storey, Adam Laidler, Adam Armstrong, Joe Kerridge

Subs not used: Sam Busby, Louis Johnson, Lewis Suddick, Andy Hall