Newcastle United teenager reflects on 'absolutely unbelievable' feeling following dramatic win at St James's Park

It was the stuff of dreams for Jamie Miley as he captained Newcastle United under-18s to an FA Youth Cup victory against Colchester United at St James’s Park.

Tuesday, 18th January 2022, 2:45 pm
Updated Tuesday, 18th January 2022, 2:54 pm

Miley, who turned 18 last week, led The Young Magpies to victory with strikes from Callum McNally, Michael Ndiweni and an own goal putting the hosts 3-2 up before two late goals from Colchester saw the match end 3-2.

Miley’s younger brother Lewis also came off the bench during the match to help Peter Ramage’s side set up a fifth round tie at Blackpool.

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“It was a good win from the lads and progressing in the Youth Cup is something we aspired towards at the start of the season,” he said following the match.

“It's going well and we've been clinical at the top end of the pitch we just need to tighten up at the back and stop the last goals conceded and a bit of worry at the end but it's all good.

"Afterwards, all the lads were hugging each other after that and celebrating together which just shows how much it means.”

Melkamu Frauendorf of Liverpool and Jamie Miley of Newcastle United in action at AXA Training Centre on December 4, 2021 in Kirkby, England. (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

The Gateshead-born midfielder helped Newcastle reach the quarter-final of the FA Youth Cup last season, playing twice behind closed doors at St James’s Park in wins over Leeds United and Watford in the fourth and fifth rounds respectively.

But playing in front of a 1,279 crowd at St James’s on Monday night was a new highlight for the 18-year-old.

“It was absolutely unbelievable to play at St James's Park in front of people,” Miley told The Gazette. “It's something you dream of and to captain the lads to a win was brilliant.

“The early goal made everyone a bit more confident and comfortable in the game where we were able to move the ball around a bit more which was good.

St James's Park, Newcastle (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

“But getting into the next round with a trip away to Blackpool is something we're all looking forward to.”

No set date has been made for the fifth round tie but the FA website states it must be scheduled to take place no later than Saturday, February 5.

A place in the quarter final will be the reward for the winner.

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