Over 11,000 fans turned out at St James’ Park to see Newcastle United’s under 18 side crash out of the FA Youth Cup to holders Chelsea. Dave Watson’s spirited side forced Chelsea to extra-time in the tie, before succumbing to a 3-0 defeat after running themselves into the ground. Arguably the star man for Newcastle was goalkeeper Freddie Woodman, who saved a first-half penalty from Dominic Solanke – who has already made his Champions League debut for Jose Mourinho’s side – although all who wore the famous black and white can be proud of their efforts on a bitterly cold night at SJP. In all honesty, Chelsea should go on to walk the competition, having breezed through the earlier rounds of the competition thanks to their expensively-assembled, multi-national youth team. Solanke has been highly praised by Mourinho and is reportedly earning £25,000 a week at 17, despite having never played a Premier League game for the Blues. One man who has played in the top flight is Adam Armstrong, who was unable to inspire his side to an upset win against the highly-fancied Londoners. Watson’s side will be proud of their efforts though and rightly so, as their focus returns to domestic competition and improving results that have them sitting 9th in the u18 Premier League North table. With performances like this, it shouldn’t be too hard.