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Toon young gun Carroll makes his point

By Lee Ryder on Nov 24, 08 09:00 PM

GEORDIE striker Andy Carroll snatched a point for Newcastle United reserves against Liverpool tonight after netting a dramatic equaliser in stoppage time for Richard Money's side.

Newcastle thought they'd been undone by Vincent Weijl's cool finish at the end of the first half in the FA Premier Reserve League clash but hard work paid off against the Reds.

Newcastle created a chance on six minutes when Carroll picked out Sammy Ameobi but the youngster screwed his shot wide from wide on the left.

Newcastle created a chance on six minutes when Carroll picked out Sammy Ameobi but the youngster screwed his shot wide from wide on the left.

Mark Doninger won a free-kick 25-yards from goal but while the Geordie curled it on target Hungarian keeper Peter Gulcasi gathered it easily on 13 minutes.

Two minutes later United broke down the right but when Carroll squared it Doninger the cut back perhaps caught him out by surprise and the youngster was unable to get his effort on target.

Newcastle were then handed another dangerous set-piece when Carroll burst through on the left channel and was hauled back by Mendy who was fortunate only to receive a yellow card.

But Carroll's driven free-kick was easily cleared by Liverpool who were let off the hook.

Liverpool's chances were limited but when Daniel Pacheco twisted through his snapshot drifted just over the top on 38 minutes.

And in first half stoppage time Vincent Weijl raced past right-back Phil Airey before unleashing a venomous low left footed effort low beyond Harper into the corner of the net.

The goal was against the run of the play with United left to rue their missed chances.

Five minutes into the second half Airey's run down the right resulted in Insua upending the young right-back and Carroll's free-kick went just inches over the top.

Young James Marwood went into the book on 55 minutes after being scathed down for the umpteenth time of the night and finally making his feelings known to ref Peter Quinn.

However, there was a lack of understanding from the official who couldn't wait to flash a card in his face.

Carroll then suffered the same fate after protesting after being chopped down by Ayala with the diminutive frame of Quinn suffering taunts of "pint size" from the Geordie faithful in the stands.

In the closing stages United pressed hard but struggled to test Gulcasi.

But Carroll was unlucky when he guided a left-footed effort just over again with the Hungarian rooted to the spot with three minutes left.

Newcastle's last chance was in stoppage time when sub Nile Ranger was bundled over on the left.

And after Airey put in an inch perfect delivery Carroll rose high to head past Gulcasi at the back stick with the last touch of the game.

UNITED: Harper, Airey, Edgar, Kadar, Lough, Marwood, Doninger (Tavernier 60), Iman, Sam Ameobi, Zamblera (Ranger 66), Carroll

LIVERPOOL: Gulcasi, Mendy (Duran 65), Insua, Dominguez, Ayala, Plessis, El Zhar, Irwin, Simon (Nemeth 70), Pacheco (Bruna 75), Weijl

5 Comments

ronnie lambert said:

We've lasted this long Terry, we really need that whole lying bunch of barrow-boys out of here. Don't believe a word they say in mock praise about the club or Geordies, they deep-down regard us as heathen.....peasants at best. I've worked on sites down there and regardless of the occasional decent bloke, they really, collectively view us with contempt, along with Scots. It's basically fear of the northern savages but it's real, and almost tangible. Oops, getting Freudian here. Are you one of the pie-eating beer swillers at St. James's who resisted giving cash to Ash, for a few weeks? Last match I was shocked to see the bars in the Gallowgate end chocker, staff unable to cope at half time. Two blokes had to be pulled apart, fighting over a place in the queue. We really are capitulating from a good position of strength, to a selfish belly-loving mob. We won't go down mate, not with the Chelsea spirit. The likes of Spurs and Man. City are in the same boat as us because of the craziest league this year I've ever seen. I can see in JFK, one of the decent blokes I mentioned earlier, a surprising glint of 'I do know what I'm doing', and if he gets the players he wants in Jan. then our quality will tell in the final third of the season when the true dross sinks to the bottom. Ashley needs to know that we aren't peasants Terry, think about it man.

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Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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