Two goals by Milan Lalkovic and a late winner, courtesy of a penalty, from Adam Phillip, helped our reserves to their first win of the season. With some of our younger players away after the first teams trip in the Champions League to Zilina in Slovakia, it left the cupboard a little bare when it came to our trip to the North-East. Josh McEachran was one such example of a player not on duty.
It was Newcastle who took the lead within the first two minutes of the game when Ryan Donaldson challenged Nathaniel Chalobah, won the ball and sent a shot past Jan Sebek and into the bottom right-hand corner of the net. The Magpies could have furthered their lead a few minutes later when Patrick McLaughlin’s shot was well saved by Sebek.
It wasn’t until around the half hour mark when we had a our first shot on target. However, the free-kick from Jacopo Sala didn’t test the Newcastle ‘keeper enough and he was able to gather with ease. With Newcastle on top and pressurising it was firstly against the run of play when Milan Lalkovic equalised after shooting low past Tim Krul in the Newcastle goal, then secondly, it seemed almost impossible when Lalkovic added a second for himself and a second for Chelsea. A ball from left-back Aziz Deen-Conteh found Lalkovic who again slotted past Krul and it was 1-2.
The home team, shocked by letting in two goals, came back into the game and equalised through Haris Vuckic. However, it was then left to Adam Phillip in the last minute to grab the winner. Phillip was able to get away, he ran into the heart of the Newcastle defence, only for Krul to up end him and concede a penalty. The penalty was left to Phillip, who easily scored past Krul, to make it 2-3.
Newcastle: Tim Krul, Conor Newton, Tamas Kadar, Matthew Grieve, Sol Campbell, Patrick McLaughlin (sub Greg McDermott 62), Ryan Donaldson, Haris Vuckic, Shane Ferguson (sub Phil Airey 74), Joan Edmundsson, Nile Ranger.
Chelsea: (4-3-3): Jan Sebek; Billy Clifford, Daniel Pappoe (c) (Aliu ‘Kaby’ Djalo 76), Rohan Ince, Aziz Deen-Conteh; Conor Clifford, Nathaniel Chalobah, Jacob Mellis; Jacopo Sala, Milan Lalkovic (Adam Phillip 81), Gokhan Tore (Michael Woods 84).