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Ole Soderberg's clean sheet in Senior Cup success secured a personal milestone for the Swedish stopper

By Dan King

He was largely untroubled as Newcastle Reserves won the Sage FA Northumberland Senior Cup against Blyth on Wednesday night, but Ole Soderberg's clean sheet in the 4-0 win saw him achieve a notable personal feat.

The Swedish keeper, who has been on the bench for the first-team on a number of occasions this term, went through the entire cup run without conceding a goal.

He recorded shut-outs against Bedlington Terriers in the quarter finals, the stage at which United came into the competition, and Ashington in the semi-finals, before keeping another clean sheet in the final at St. James' Park.

"I'm very pleased," he told nufc.co.uk. "Not to concede a goal in the three games is definitley something I'm very pleased with.

"But it's also thanks to the whole team as well, of course."

Norkopping-born Soderberg, who made his debut for Sweden under-21s in February, joined Newcastle from BK Hacken in January 2008.

He has been protected well throughout United's march to cup success, but made a stunning point-blank save against Bedlington in the semi-final tie at Whitley Park which will live long in the memory of the 406 who were fortunate enough to witness it.

In the 89th minute, he flung himself across goal to parry Phil Bell's shot from four yards out - a save he admitted was probably the best he's ever made.