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Newcastle United Foundation A travel to Tranmere Rovers on Wednesday in a buoyant mood following an eye-catching draw against title-challenging Everton.
Terry Mitchell’s men matched the second-placed Toffeemen for 90 minutes of an end-to-end affair at Wallsend Boys Club. But the Magpies’ coach admitted the hosts had chances to take all three points before settling for a 2-2 draw.
“On the one hand I’m disappointed because we could have won the game given the chances we created,” said Mitchell.
“But Everton are a very good side and they run an excellent programme. It was a great game for the neutral and, on reflection, a draw was probably a fair result.
“I just felt we had a couple of great opportunities after the break which we couldn’t quite take.”
Mitchell was able to name an unchanged team following the previous week’s demolition of Tranmere’s struggling sister club. And a hotly anticipated National Football Youth League fixture didn’t disappoint with United’s Newcastle College contingent dominating the latter stages of the first half.
“We started slowly and Everton took the lead on 16 minutes,” added Mitchell.
“They were playing a long ball game and caught us out before we’d really had time to settle. But conceding the goal seemed to kickstart my lads into action.
“After that we were the better team before the break and fully deserved our equaliser.”
The leveller came from the trusty boot of Dan Marriott – the Newcastle College student curling a magnificent 22-yard free kick beyond Everton’s stranded goalkeeper in the 25th minute.
And the Magpies began to dominate with Mitchell’s three-man midfield controlling possession and marginalising the visitors’ front four.
“We had an overload in the middle of the park and started to make that count,” added Mitchell.
“I was delighted with the way we finished the half and we deserved to be on level terms.”
Newcastle maintained their momentum after the restart and took the lead four minutes into the second half. Kyle Elsdon picked up possession in the final third before playing in team-mate Antonio Agostinho. And the tricky midfielder jinked past the Everton defence before slotting home United’s second of the game.
“We were very much on top at that point and actually had a one-on-one with Everton’s goalie a few minutes later,” added Mitchell.
“Unfortunately, we didn’t take the chance at a point in the game where we could have put some real distance between the two teams.”
The visitors squared a competitive clash in the 65th minute when another ball over the top caught Newcastle cold. And although the Magpies continued to dominate possession the final pass wasn’t there for the frustrated hosts.
“We were attacking really well but just couldn’t find a way through,” admitted Mitchell. “A draw was a good result but I can’t deny it was a little frustrating.”
Meanwhile, Newcastle United Foundation B stunned derby rivals Sunderland FOL NC with a thrilling 4-2 win at Consett. Substitute Marco Mackenley blew the match wide open with two smartly taken goals off the bench.
Promoted from the Foundation’s C team – and in his first year on the programme – the Newcastle College student bagged a brace in 12 minutes after Sam Robertson had notched United’s first. Nelson Ogbewe grabbed the Magpies’ fourth 10 minutes from time.
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