Michael Hoganson

By Paul Reece

Newcastle United's Academy side recovered from a second half Huddersfield comeback to record their eighth straight home league win of the season.

A Michael Hoganson brace along with goals from Marcus Maddison and Adam Campbell gave United victory after Dave Watson's side had spurned a 2-0 lead.

In a tight first half, Dennis Knight had Newcastle's first chance when his short corner was collected by Campbell, who returned the ball to the midfielder. Knight fired across goal and wide of the far post, however, as the table-toppers made a positive start.

Winger Maddison then fired an effort of the underside of the crossbar from 20 yards out before Alex Baird tipped Duane Holmes' effort over at the other end minutes later.

United broke the deadlock midway through the first half, catching the Terriers on the counter-attack; Campbell supplied Maddison whose right wing shot was parried to Hoganson. The Geordie winger had the simple task of tapping home from inside the six yard to give the Magies a deserved lead.

It was almost 2-0 in the 28th minute, Ben Sayer's edge-of-box free-kick being tipped over the bar by Town's Jordan Porter.

Watson's side took the lead into the break and came close to doubling the advantage in the 53rd minute when defender Will Turton carried the ball forward before his shot was deflected wide.

Ten minutes later Newcastle did double the lead, again catching Huddersfield on the break. Maddison broke clear before firing past Porter.

Town's comeback began in the 68th minute when Matt Crooks' powerful strike from 10 yards beat Baird before Holmes levelled two minutes later.

The forward collected George Conway's long ball and produced a confident finish to haul Town level.

The visitors were level for just two minutes though as Hoganson again netted, this time with a near post strike after collecting Michael Riley's through ball.

Substitute Lee Toland came close to adding a fourth with a far post volley before Campbell sealed the victory in the 89th minute.

The diminutive forward raced behind the defence and effortlessly past Porter in the Town goal before finishing into an empty net.

The win keeps Newcastle United top of the Premier League Academy Group D table and continues their terrific home run.

Newcastle United Under-18s: Alex Baird, Alex Nicholson, Michael Riley, Will Turton, Louis Storey, Marcus Maddison, Ben Sayer, Dennis Knight (Lee Toland 78), Steven Logan (Brandon Miele 78), Adam Campbell, Michael Hoganson (Ryan McGorrigan 78)

Subs not used: Jonathan Mitchell, Jamie Smith