Newcastle knock Sunderland out of FA Youth Cup thanks to Freddie Woodman’s penalty heroics

JOY ... Freddie Woodman is mobbed.
JOY ... Freddie Woodman is mobbed.

NEWCASTLE United booked their place in the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup with a dramatic penalty shootout victory over Sunderland.

After a goalless 120 minutes, the fifth-round tie at the Stadium of Light went to penalties.

Adam Armstrong, Sean Longstaff and Dan Drennan converted their spot kicks in front of a crowd of 1,743, including around 200 visiting fans, to book United a home tie against Chelsea.

Woodman, 17, saved TWO Sunderland penalties, and was mobbed by his jubilant team-mates and putting his team through.

The first real chance of a well-contested Wear-Tyne game came in the 26th minute when United captain Armstrong got himself into a scoring position, but his shot was easily gathered by goalkeeper James Talbot.

A couple of minutes later a flighted shot from Newcastle’s Callum Roberts dropped wide of Sunderland’s right-hand post

But the best chance of the half fell to impressive Sunderland winger Rees Greenwood, whose 32nd-minute shot from the left was just beyond the far post.

Jordan Blinco forced a save from Woodman three minutes later.

Armstrong tried an audacious effort from the centre centre with Talbot off his line as the break neared, but his shot dropped harmlessly wide of the home goal.

Greenwood pulled the ball back for Daniel Wright early in the second half after a great run down the left, but the forward’s side-footed effort was wide of Woodman’s goal.

Talbot stopped a shot from Armstrong as the hour-mark approached, and Sunderland coach Elliott Dickman replaced Dylan McEvoy with Luke Molyneux.

Blinco put a shot high and wide as the half wore on, and United defender Kyle Cameron superbly blocked a shot from Wright, who had got past Woodman.

Woodman got a hand to an effort from Andy Nelson as Sunderland pressed for a late breakthrough, with United visibly tiring.

Blinco shot wide before the game went into extra-time.

Talbot turned a shot from Roberts wide in the first period of extra-time, and Armstrong was denied a shot on goal by a block late in the second period.

Roberts forced a save from Talbot with the final kick of extra-time.

Of Sunderland’s penalty-takers, only Blinco scored, with Woodman denying Dan Casey and Elliot Embleton, while Ethan Robson missed the target.

Armstrong, Longstaff and Drennan all converted their spot kicks to put Kevin Richardson’s side through to the last eight.

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SUNDERLAND: Talbot; J Robson, Colquhoun, Ledger, Hume (Casey, 95); Greenwood, E Robson, McEvoy (Molyneux, 65), Blinco; Wright; Nelson (Embleton, 107). Subs not used: Lowrie, Purvis.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Woodman; Cobain, Newberry, Cameron, Laidler; Barlaser (Broccoli, 101), Drennan; Roberts, Longstaff, Ward (Heaney, 76); Armstrong. Subs not used: Holmes, Harker, Pollock.

Bookings: Hume 38, Ledger 63, Armstrong 78, Roberts 90, Cobain 111, Woodman 120

Referee: R Joyce

Attendance: 1,743