Easter was a very trying weekend for the first-team, as our chances of automatic promotion into the top-flight were dealt a major setback.
Now, it seems the rub of the green has fallen away from our youth ranks, too, as our Under 23s tasted defeat to Newcastle in the Semi-Final of the Premier League Cup on Tuesday.
Losing to the St James’ Park natives’ youth side even brought to an end an unbeaten run of eleven games, which could have been extended with further wins in the Premier League Cup and Professional Development League Semi-Finals.
Some Whites supporters have now noted the similarities between Marcelo Bielsa’s and Carlos Corberan’s seasons falling apart at the last, but not every fan wished to think negatively on what has been a triumphant season.
Our U23s managed to win the Professional Development North Division title with games in hand, after all, and fought valiantly against the Magpies on Tuesday night. On another day, they could have even progressed to the cup final rather than bow out 3-0 losers, but it was not to be.
Hopefully ‘it was not to be’ is not something we are saying come the end of May, when the Play-Off Final has been played and the three Championship sides moving up a tier are confirmed.
For now, though, this is what some supporters shared after Corberan’s U23s lost to Newcastle, with some replies clearly tongue in cheek…
U23s falling apart now look ????????
— ????????Austin Austin???????? (@AustinA90076563) April 23, 2019
Let’s not with the comparisons and “bottling”. Leave it out like
— Jack Tugwell (@JackTugwell) April 23, 2019
Seems we are following an all too familiar path right now.
— Paul Williams (@paulwilliams105) April 23, 2019
Well played boys unlucky tonite great season so far for u23s and more to come from this bunch of talented boys mot
— Stephen Maher ???????? (@stevemaher34) April 23, 2019
It’s not been the best of weekends for the senior and U23’s – onwards and upwards MOT
— Eddie (@edreall) April 23, 2019
I didn’t think the score was an accurate reflection of what happened on the pitch, but still it was hard to watch. Hope they have the strength they need to pick themselves up for the playoffs now.
Anyway, what a week for us – one to forget, really ????????
— Raluca (@RaLUFC) April 23, 2019