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Newcastle 3 United 3: Macheda treble earns Reds a point as Neville makes latest comeback

Posted by nickogs20 on March 30, 2009

Newcastle Man Utd
Newcastle United Reserves 3-3 Manchester United Reserves
Xisco 43 (pen) Macheda 13 (pen), 75, 89
Doninger 49
Guthrie 85

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reserve side maintained second place in the Premier Reserve League North and kept their slim title hopes alive in a thrilling clash with Newcastle United at St. James Park… but only just! The Reds twice fought back from a goal behind in the second half with strikes from Kiko Macheda, the second of those coming with just a minute left on the clock and completing the 17 year-old Italian’s first reserve hattrick.

Macheda had earlier given United (of the Manchester variety for the purposes of this report) the lead from the penalty spot before goals from Spanish striker Xisco (also from the spot) and Mark Doninger either side of half-time had put the hosts 2-1 up. Macheda’s first equaliser looked to have earned the Reds at least a point but he had to do it all over again after former Red Danny Guthrie looked to have pinched all three for the Magpies in the dying minutes. The draw was fully deserved on United’s part, and there was further good news in the form of club captain Gary Neville getting almost an hour of football under his belt on the way back from injury.

Neville was the most notable inclusion in a team that was deprived of Ben Amos, Corry Evans, Danny Drinkwater and Danny Welbeck due to national team commitments this week. Fábio was also an absentee, presumably just being rested or nursing a minor knock. Joe Dudgeon stepped in for him, Magnus Eikrem and Cameron Stewart took up the wide positions and Richard Eckersley stood in for Evans as both centre-half and captain.

1. Ron-Robert Zieler (13. Conor Devlin 30)
2. Gary Neville (12. Reece Brown 58)
3. Joe Dudgeon
4. Richard Eckersley (c)
5. Ritchie de Laet
6. Matt James
7. Magnus Eikem
8. Rodrigo Possebon
9. Federico Macheda
10. Lee Martin
11. Cameron Stewart (14. Oliver Norwood 69)

Subs not used
15. Daniel Galbraith
16. Scott Wootton

Ref: R. Joyce

Attendance: 1,277

Newcastle: Forster, Tavernier, Ferguson, Doninger, Lough, Cacapa (Taylor 76), Godsmark, Guthrie, Ranger, Xisco (Danquah 60), Ngo Baheng (Adjei 81).
Subs not used: Inman, Dummett.

13 Responses to “Newcastle 3 United 3: Macheda treble earns Reds a point as Neville makes latest comeback”

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  2. Gere said

    Our kids are not physically well as of technically. Macheda, oh my God!, what a player have I seen today. I think we don’t need Benzema, Macheda will be up to him if wont excel. He is technical, physical and wise. Complete.

  3. Gambon said

    Macheda showed his class last night-great showing from the lad-will SAF now reward him with a place on the bench against Villa?

    Was wondering as to where Petrucci has gotten to haen’t seen or heard much since he was drafted into the CL Squad any news on the lad?

  4. cem said

    macheda is class hes deffinatley my favourite united prospect along with possebon and petrucci. but did we not say the same about players like phil marsh, rossi, ebanks blake… what do u think sets macheda apart from these three and many other strikers who have excelled in the reserves.

  5. nickogs20 said

    Gambon – Petrucci has a groin injury that has kept him out for the last 4-6 weeks and will keep him out another 2-3 weeks I’d imagine.

    Cem – Phil Marsh was never anywhere near as promising a prospect as Macheda, Rossi or Ebanks-Blake. The other two haven’t done so bad – Rossi’s an Italian international now, he just got (understandably I guess) a bit impatient, while SEB will be a Premier League player one way or another this summer.

    Thing to remember with Macheda is he’s only 17 years and 7 months old – to put that into some perspective, at that age we had only just signed Rossi really. There’s no guarantees of any player making it but he looks to have every chance given his current level and youth.

  6. Gambon said

    Cheers for that bit of info Nickogs20- much appreciated.

    What’s your views on De laet any good or is it a wee bit too early to make a prediction? Also where is Tosic? has he been sent out on a Diet of raw steak….weetabix…..spinach? He’s a very slight lad and will need alot of strengthening to make it in the PL. He has great technique though-just hope he makes it.

  7. Anthony said

    I think its a hard one to judge Blake, when he was coming through at United he did look like he could go all the way. He was defo on par with Rossi when they where playing together for the reserves. He then got a bad leg break where he was out for nearly a season, at probably one of the most crucial times of his career. When he came back he didnt look the same player he had bulked up alot but seemed to lose the raw edge of pace that he had. Personally i think they sold him as they saw Campbell as a better alternative who took his place in the reserves while he was out.

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  9. Phil said

    Word is we might get a chance to see Macheda on Sunday with Rooney suspended and Berbatov injured.

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  12. Phil said

    We got a chance to see Macheda alright. That was awesome, what a comeback.

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