Shearer in stands as Toon young guns make final
ALAN Shearer was in the stands tonight at Whitley Park as Newcastle United's young guns dumped Newcastle Benfield at the semi-final stage of the Northumberland Senior Cup.
The Toon kids triumphed 2-1 on the night as heavy fog descended on the bumpy pitch in the shadow of United's training ground.
Shearer has already been impressed with Nile Ranger since taking charge of Newcastle but had to watch United fight back from a goal down.
Young goalie Fraser Forster fluffed a routine clearance on 14 minutes and Ian Graham stayed cool to take a touch and apply his finish into the empty net from close range.
But it was the hard work of Ranger who helped level just before the break when he quickly closed down Benfield keeper Andrew Grainger to allow Wesley Ngo Baheng to slot home.
In the second half conditions weren't the best for Newcastle's second string but they went ahead with seven minutes played in the second half.
Jonny Godsmark cut the ball across the 18-yard box and Geordie boy Mark Doninger converted with a cool side footed shot to make it 2-1.
However, Benfield, who hadn't lost since January, battled hard in the closing stages as the game reached a tense climax with a wild late clearance also putting out a window in the West Allotment Celtic snack bar.
United have now defeated Prudhoe Town, Team Northumbria and Benfield to set up a place in the final on May 12 against Ashington.
It also means that Newcastle are unbeaten in the competition for two seasons since going out to Whitley Bay in 2007 at Kingston Park.
United now face Ashington in next month's final.