Mo Sangare's extra time strike sends Newcastle United U23s into semi-final after Derby County win

Newcastle United Under-23s saw off their Derby County counterparts to secure a semi-final berth in the Premier League Cup.
Mo Sangare.Mo Sangare.
Mo Sangare.

The Magpies took a two-goal lead into half-time after an Owen Bailey header and a deflected effort from Matty Longstaff put them in control of the tie.

The Rams struck back after the interval and forced the tie into extra-time thanks to goals from Callum MacDonald and Josh Shonibare.

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But Ben Dawson’s side would not be denied and Mo Sangare’s 95th minute strike eventually sent them through.

Both sides created chances in a lively opening spell to the game as Magpies full-back Ollie Walters brought a brave block out of visitors keeper Henrich Ravas and United stopper Nathan Harker dived full length to keep out an effort from Jayden Mitchell-Dawson.

But it was Dawson’s side that finally broke the deadlock on 39 minutes when captain Owen Bailey flicked a header past Ravas after getting on the end of a wonderful cross from the left by

Matty Longstaff.

Moments later Longstaff turned from creator to goalscorer as he ran on to a pass from Elias Sorensen and saw his low shot deflect off a visitors defender before nestling inside the far post.

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The Rams got back into the game on 68 minutes when Calum MacDonald curled a 20-yard free-kick over the United wall and inside Harker’s right-hand post.

Within minutes Sorensen came within the width of the crossbar of restoring the Magpies’ two-goal advantage as his beat two defenders before hitting the top of the crossbar with a powerful shot.

The next goal was always going to be crucial and it fell the way of the visitors as substitute Josh Shonibare beat Harker to a high ball into the United area and headed the ball into the empty net.

That goal took the tie into extra-time and it was the young Magpies that struck early into the additional 30 minutes.

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A foul on Ollie Walters by Rams defender Kellan Gordon saw United awarded a penalty and Sangare blasted home a rebound after Owen Bailey’s spot-kick was saved.

Substitute Adam Wilson came close to securing the win for the Magpies five minutes from the end of extra-time when he struck the crossbar with a powerful shot from the edge of the area.

However, United held on to see out time and secure their place in the last four of the competition.

Newcastle United U23s: Harker, Sterry, Walters, Cass, Watts, Bailey, Allan, Longstaff, Sorensen (Toure), Sangare (Young), Longelo (Wilson) Subs: Huuhtanen, Bartlett

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Derby County U23s: Ravas, Gordon, MacDonald, Bird, Hunt, Buchanan, Mitchell-Laweson, Sibley (Roache), Cresswell (Anya), Babos, Whittaker (Shonibare) Subs: Yates, Wassall