JJ Hooper

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Manchester City Under-18s 2
Newcastle United Under-18s 3

United's under-18s ended Manchester City's 100 per cent start to the season thanks to a spirited showing at Platt Lane.

JJ Hooper struck in the dying seconds after Newcastle had twice come from behind against Adam Sadler's young Citizens, with Remie Streete and Dennis Knight also on target for the Magpies.

That made it three wins out of four for Joe Joyce's team in the Premier Academy League - and each of those victories have come courtesy of late goals.

Hooper had notched with almost the last kick of the game in the 4-3 opening day success over Chelsea while Knight had scored from the penalty spot with just seconds to play in last week's win over West Brom.

And United did it the hard way again, falling behind after 20 minutes after a well-worked free-kick from the home side.

But the equaliser came from a set piece too, as Knight sent over an inviting delivery and big defender Streete forced the ball over the line.

In the second half, however, Newcastle were again done from a set play - this time a corner - but equalised with just under 20 minutes left to play with a good move down the right which ended with Knight finishing smartly with his left foot from the edge of the box.

And with both sides pushing for a winner, the visitors got it in the final minute as Hooper received the ball 35 yards from goal, held off a defender and curled home a delightful shot to record his fourth goal in four games since his summer arrival at Little Benton.

Newcastle United Under-18s: Alex Baird, Alex Nicholson, Lee Toland, Remie Streete, Louis Storey, Dan Taylor, Brandon Miele, Dennis Knight, Michael Hoganson, Adam Campbell, JJ Hooper.
Subs not used: Aidan Grant, Will Turton, Jamie Smith, Lewis Aird, Esteban Lopez.