Lubo Satka


By Dan King - Newcastle United Digital Editor
At Whitley Park

Newcastle United Under-21s 1 (Streete)
Manchester United Under-21s 0

Schoolboy goalkeeper Paul Woolston enjoyed a dream debut against Manchester United on a wet Wednesday night at Whitley Park.

The 15-year-old only found out that he was playing an hour before kick-off but kept a well-earned clean sheet against the Red Devils.

In truth, he was well protected by his defence in a game of few chances but his catching was clean and his distribution slick, while he made a great save in each half.

Gael Bigirimana was the only player with Barclays Premier League experience in the Magpies line-up as both sides tried to play good football on a tricky surface.

Woolston's first big moment came when defender Patrick McNair met Joe Rothwell's left-wing corner but the keeper showed great reflexes to tip it over the bar.

Andreas Pereira then fired a free kick over after James Weir was fouled by Lubo Satka on the edge of the box, before Reece James' powerful shot was easily fielded by Woolston.

At the other end, Callum Roberts tried his luck on the slippery pitch from 20 yards but Ben Amos was quickly down to hold.

But four minutes into the second half, Remie Streete popped up in the Red Devils box to steer home his first goal of the season.

That seemed to give Peter Beardsley's side confidence and it took a goal-saving block from Charni Ekangamene to deny Callum Roberts after great work from Rolando Aarons to keep Alex Gilliead's searching pass in play.

Then substitute Greg Olley fed Gilliead, who spun inside the box and curled a couple of inches wide before Liam Smith dinked over from Roberts' cut-back.

Aarons half-volleyed just the wrong side of the post before Woolston made his second top save of the night to push Pereira's free kick onto the bar.

Kevin Mbabu made only his second appearance on 2014 as he replaced Callum Williams for the final few minutes as Newcastle followed the lead of the under-18s earlier this month in beating the Reds 1-0 on Tyneside.

Hopefully it will be an omen ahead of the first-team clash at St. James' Park on Saturday, 5th April.

Newcastle United Under-21s: Paul Woolston, Jamie Sterry, Remie Streete (Ryan McKinnon 61), Lubo Satka, Callum Williams (Kevin Mbabu 87), Alex Gilliead, Gael Bigirimana, Olivier Kemen (Greg Olley 48), Rolando Aarons, Liam Smith, Callum Roberts

Subs not used: Ben Smith, Daniel Barlaser

Manchester United Under-21s: Ben Amos, Guillermo Varela, Louis Rowley, Patrick McNair, Charni Ekangamene, Reece James, Saidy Janko, Ben Pearson, James Weir (Josh Harrop 55), Joe Rothwell, Andreas Pereira (Jack Rudge 81)

Subs not used: Pierluigi Gollini, Sean Goss