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The blue Monday feeling on Tyneside ended on somewhat of a positive note at Victoria Park tonight as one for the future in Samuel Ameobi gave evidence that he could follow in the footsteps of his big brother Shola against Hartlepool United.
In the wonderfully named Totesportcasino.com Cup it was 16-year-old Sammy who kept cup hopes alive for the second string with a double blast his big bro would have been proud of.
United had to fight back from behind though to do it after Hartlepool hit back from a goal down.
Back in July, Toon fans chanted "If Shola scores we're on the pitch" at Victoria Park but at the same Rink End that Shola fluffed a great chance, the younger brother of the man with 48 goals for United burst the net twice.
To be fair this isn't an article building up young Sammy with the lad barely out of school but on a day of gloom it was good for true Geordies to see that there is a little bit of hope coming through the ranks at the football club for whoever is manager in the long term and whoever owns the club at the end of this painful period.
Whether the brothers play at first team level in the future, who knows?
But it was a night that at least young gun Ameobi will never forget.
Two goals in two Premier League games for Shola is one thing but if he wants to stay in the headlines perhaps tomorrow against West Brom represents a good chance to do it.