Newcastle United Under-23s were knocked out of the Northumberland Senior Cup last night, losing 2-0 to Morpeth Town.
The Magpies won the competition last year, actually beating Morpeth in the final. However, they have fallen at the semi final stage this season.
Second half goals from Liam Henderson and Joe Walton gave Morpeth victory. They will now face North Shields in the final.
The Newcastle youngsters will be disappointed to be knocked out of the competition, and they were watched by three senior stars.
Senior trio head to Morpeth Town
After the game, a fan tweeted a picture alongside Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff (and his crutches), praising him for the effort he made to interact with spectators.
Morpeth Town also hailed Longstaff, as well as Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Dummett. The Highwaymen’s official Twitter account described the trio as ‘cracking lads’ after taking time to pose for pictures with the children who were at the game.
Credit to Sean Longstaff, Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Dummett who were at the game having pictures taken with the kids. These things don’t get picked up on by the media but they make a big difference to the children they meet. Cracking lads @NUFC https://t.co/mFiBRYIecj
— Morpeth Town AFC (@MorpethTownAFC) March 6, 2019
While the result didn’t go our way, it’s great to see the senior players showing an interest. Both Longstaff and Dummett have came through the club’s academy, while Shelvey recently played for the Under-23 side to regain match fitness.
The trio’s efforts to socialise with supporters and take pictures with youngsters is a great gesture which will have meant a lot to the kids.
Community spirit is important for a club like Newcastle. DeAndre Yedlin has also been doing his bit, turning up at a school in Byker. The defender was there with the Newcastle United Foundation.
It’s great to see so many of Newcastle’s players having a positive impact on children in the region.