Matz Sels – Anderlecht
Sels did not play in the July 15th friendly match against Lierse, nor was he named in the match-day 18.
Sels was back in the starting lineup on Wednesday against 3rd tier Belgian side Dender. Anderlecht beat Dender 3-1.
On Saturday, Anderlecht played in the Belgian Super Cup against Zulte Waregem. Sels started as Anderlecht came out winners 2-1. Zulte scored in the 3rd minute but Sels and his teammates were able to settle in and fight out a victory.
Anderlecht start their season on Friday on the road against Antwerp.
Alex Gilliead – Bradford City
Tuesday night, the Bantams beat Guiseley 2-1 in a friendly. Gilliead did not appear in the match.
The Mackems came into town on Saturday and beat Bradford City 3-2. Gilliead started and finished the game, helping his teammates with an assist.
Bradford city will play against our very own Newcastle this coming Wednesday.
Tom Heardman – Bury
Macclesfield Town FC got the best of Bury in their Tuesday friendly. Heardman got the start and was subbed out in the 57th minute.
Bury played against Crewe Alexandria on Saturday and the game ended in a 1-1 draw. Heardman did not play.
Bury play away to Salford City in a friendly this coming Tuesday.
Adam Armstrong – Bolton
Armstrong has been sent to Championship side Bolton Wanderers on loan for six months. He played in the Championship on loan last year and scored six times for Barnsley.
Bolton had a friendly match against AFC Fylde on Tuesday. The game finished in a 0-0 tie. Adam Armstrong came on as a sub and him and former Newcastle player Sammy Ameobi almost linked up for a goal, however Armstrong put it over the bar.
Bolton went on the road to face Fleetwood Town on Saturday. Fleetwood Town won 2-0 and Armstrong came on as a Substitute in the 60th minute.
Bolton play away to Stockport County in a friendly on Tuesday
Sean Longstaff has been sent to League one side Blackpool on loan for six months. Longstaff played on loan at Kilmarnock FC scoring 3 goals in 17 games.
In the 1st preseason fixture for the U23 team, Longstaff scored against Darlington.
Blackpool faced Radcliffe Borough in a friendly on Saturday and Longstaff played the entire 90 minutes in their 7-0 win.
Longstaff and his teammates will travel to face the Magpies (Chorley FC) in a friendly on Tuesday.
Monday July 17th 2017
Newcastle U23s - 2
Darlington AFC - 1
Team: Nathan Harker, Callum Williams, Kyle Cameron, Jack Hunter, Curtis Good, Stefan O’Connor, Yasin Ben El-Mhanni, Dan Barlaser, Ivan Toney, Sean Longstaff, Callum Smith.
Subs used: Otto Huuhtanen, Michael Newberry, Josef Yarney, Stuart Findlay, Macaulay Gillesphey, Ben Kitchen, Dan Ward, Liam Smith, Juanito, Owen Gallacher, Luke Charman
The U23 team kicked off the season with an impressive result against 6th tier Darlington AFC. U23s scored twice with goals coming from Sean Longstaff (8) and Ivan Toney (11) to win the friendly 2-1. Both Sean Longstaff (Kilmarnock FC) and Ivan Toney (Scunthorpe United) enjoyed successful loan spells last year and opened up this season where they left off.
Speaking of his loan spell, Sean Longstaff had this to say
” I enjoyed my five or six months up there – I think me, Freddie, and Cal can all come back and say we’ve really enjoyed it. We’ve all come back better players and better people.”
Longstaff also was happy about his and his team’s performance
“It’s always nice to score. It was a great pass by Cal. I thought we could have had a few more – Every time we went forward, we did look like we were going to score”
U23 Manager Peter Beardsley had this to say about the match
“We started brilliantly, scored two goals and could have had a third. We created some chances, and played some lovely football”
Saturday July 22nd, 2017
Newcastle U23 - 3
Gateshead – 0
Team: Nathan Harker, Callum Williams, Macaulay Gillesphey, Jack Hunter, Curtis Good, Stuart Findlay, Yasin Ben El-Mhanni, Dan Barlaser, Ivan Toney, Liam Smith, Victor Fernandez
Subs Used: Otto Huuhtanen, Michael Newberry, Kyle Cameron, Craig Spooner, Stefan O’Connor, Josef Yarney, Owen Bailey, Mo Sangare, Lewis McNall, Luke Charman, Dan Ward
The U23s had another successful result against Gateshead. Goals scored by El-Mhanni (11), Victor Hernandez, and Dan Ward.
The U23s will have another friendly against Whitley Bay this Tuesday. After that, Newcastle’s U23s have a four-team tournament and will face Celtic u23s at Whitley Bay this coming Thursday and the following Saturday will see them either play Whitby Town or AZ Alkmaar.
U18 Match Report
Tuesday July 18th, 2017
Newcastle U18s - 3
Carlisle United U18s - 0
Three friendlies and three wins for the U18 team. On Tuesday, the young Magpies beat Carlisle United U18s 3-0. The game started off in the Magpies favor with an 18th minute own goal. The 1-0 lead stood until halftime. 2nd half goals by Adam Wilson and Kieren Aplin helped cushion the lead and eventually celebrate a victory at the full-time whistle.
This is the last friendly before next week’s Northern Ireland Super Cup. They begin the Premier Section matches on Monday against County Antrim of Northern Ireland. The match will be played at Ballymena Showgrounds