GOALS are like buses for Newcastle United’s Lubo Satka. The defender waited all season for a strike – then two came in quick succession.
Satka scored in yesterday’s 3-1 Under-21 Premier League defeat to Arsenal at the club’s training ground. The 18-year-old opened the scoring with a header from a Michael Richardson corner.
But Chuba Akpom netted a goal in each half – the second from the penalty spot after the striker was brought down by Kevin Mbabu – and Jon Toral added a third late in the game, the club’s final Under-21 fixture of the season.
“We didn’t play our best, but Arsenal are a good team, and it was hard for us when we lost the ball,” Satka said.
“It’s always nice to score, but in the end it didn’t really help us.”
The Slovakia Under-17 international – who joined Newcastle from Dubnica two years ago – scored his first United goal in Tuesday night’s 4-0 win over Blyth Spartans in the Northumberland Senior Cup final.
Satka said: “It’s the end of the season and I’ve started scoring, so it’s a pity!
“I’ve talked about it with the coaches and worked on it in training. I’ve worked on my finishing and heading. Thankfully, it’s worked.”
Coach Peter Beardsley felt Newcastle competed well.
“The first half was very even,” he said. “It could have gone either way.
“I thought there was some good football by both teams, certainly in the first half.
“In fairness, once they got the penalty in the second half, then they controlled the game and played some good football.”
NEWCASTLE UNITED: Woodman, Williams, Satka, Mbabu, Gibson (Gillesphey, 74), Gilliead, Olley (Barlaser, 59), Bigirimana, Aarons, Richardson, Quinn.