MATCH REPORT: Newcastle United Foundation 7 Burnley FC A 1
Newcastle United Foundation are in seventh heaven after Terry Mitchell’s men bagged a brilliant home win against Burnley.
The National Football Youth League’s form team made it five wins in six with a thumping 7-1 victory in the Midlands/North Premier Division.
And the Magpies could still finish fifth with victory at third-placed Everton next week.
“Few teams can match our record in the second half of the season and the lads have responded fantastically to the challenge they were set a few weeks ago,” said Mitchell.
“As far as our home campaign goes we signed off on a high with a really impressive win against Burnley.
“And we’re heading down to Everton on May 18 full of confidence.
“There’s still a chance we could qualify for the cup final and that would set the seal on a good season overall.
“The lads can be very proud of what they’ve achieved up to this point but they can still do more.”
Newcastle United Foundation works in partnership with Newcastle College to offer talented footballers a post-16 education coupled with a full on-field package.
Student footballers train under Mitchell to improve their game and work towards qualifications during dedicated classroom time.
And the Newcastle College contingent played a pivotal role in picking apart Burnley on a day to remember for United’s Foundation side.
The hosts had already peppered the Clarets’ goal with a series of testing shots before Alan Thomson opened the scoring in the 22ndminute.
Josh Teixeira unlocked the Burnley defence with a teasing cross before Jack Stewart headed against the bar. And Thomson was on hand to slot home the rebound.
Newcastle extended their advantage before half-time when another pinpoint Teixeira centre picked out Pole Thomasz Caskowski at the far post.
And United went 3-0 up within minutes of the restart when Caskowski stole possession and converted a one-on-one chance against the Burnley goalkeeper.
“To be fair to their goalie he kept them in it at the start and without him we might have hit double figures,” added Mitchell.
“We were in control from the first minute and our only lapse of concentration saw Burnley pull a goal back in the 55thminute.”
Foundation skipper and Newcastle College favourite Jack Brown did well to save the visitors’ initial effort before the rebound was bundled home.
But the Magpies restored their three-goal advantage 10 minutes later when Teixeira and Stewart combined again – the latter making it 4-1.
Stewart turned provider moments later when he danced through the Burnley defence before teeing up Kye Elsdon.
And Newcastle went 6-1 up with five minutes on the clock following a mazy run from Caskowski – substitute Dan Peart converting at the near post.
United set the seal on a superb win with a seventh after Dan Marriott played in Guilherme Baltaz.
And the result moves the Magpies to within a point of sixth-placed Sunderland Foundation Of Light – the Wearsiders having already wrapped up their league season.
“Our target is to finish the season as strongly as possible and we have a massive incentive to win at Everton next week,” added Mitchell.