By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter
At the Sports Direct Arena
Newcastle United Under-18s 2 (Hoganson 24, Knight 26)
Watford Under-18s 1 (Kalu 79)
Dave Watson's youngsters progressed to the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup and a home tie against QPR after a win over Watford.
The Magpies dominated most of the first hour, and deservedly led through Michael Hoganson and Dennis Knight.
Hoganson finished well on 24 minutes before Knight ran half the length of the pitch to double the advantage two minutes later.
And although United played some fine football and could have added more goals, Michael Kalu made it a nervy final 11 minutes with a towering header from a corner.
Newcastle hung on, though, to keep their interest in the competition alive.
SECOND HALF UPDATES
90+3mins - It's over, and Newcastle have done enough to reach the fifth round despite some late pressure from the visitors.
90mins - There will be three minutes of stoppage time for United to try and hold out in.
86mins - Watford goalscorer Kalu is booked for a foul on Knight in the centre circle.
84mins - Michael Riley bombs on from left-back, skips past a couple of challenges and tees up Campbell, who takes a touch 14 yards out and shoots, but it's too close to Bonham who collects the ball. To United's credit, they're not sitting deep and inviting pressure, but going in search of a third to kill this game off.
81mins - Now the visitors are revitalised and sub O'Nien runs at the Magpies defence but shoots wide with a low right-footed effort.
79mins - WATFORD GOAL (2-1): The Hornets have a lifeline. Sean Murray's right-wing corner is headed powerfully home by Michael Kalu and suddenly, from looking ever so comfortable, the Magpies face a nervous last few minutes. It was a towering header from the tall midfielder and despite the best efforts of a defender on the line, it sailed high into the net.
76mins - Northern Ireland under-19 international Lee Toland is given a run-out in place of Michael Hoganson, who opened the scoring here. Toland is a left-back by trade, but he'll play in front of Michael Riley now - which should suit his attacking, John Beresford-esque style of play down to the ground.
74mins - Logan almost scores with what was virtually his first touch. Knight's deep corner was headed back across goal by Streete and the midfielder was there to nod goalwards. It might have been going in but ended up hitting Campbell en route, which diverted it wide.
72mins - Ben Sayer, who is on a yellow card, makes way for Scottish youth midfielder Steven Logan in what is United's first substitution of the night.
67mins - Tonight's attendance is 889, the poor weather no doubt a factor in what is a lower figure than the previous round's crowd of 1,136 against Darlington.
66mins - Luke O'Nien is on for Morgan Ferrier as Watford boss David Hughes makes his third and final change of the night.
63mins - The lighting-fast Campbell streaks onto Knight's through ball and although Bonham just gets there first, he lets the ball slip from his hands as he slides at the striker's feet and Campbell reacts to send in what looks like a shot from an acute angle. It almost goes in, too, but zips along the line; Hoganson tries to force home at the far post, from another tight angle, but his shot is deflected over.
62mins - Watford make their second substitution. Jordan Willmore is off and Brandon Horner is on.
59mins - More magnificent one-touch play from Dave Watson's boys results in a shot from 18 yards by Knight. It's on target, but comfortable enough for Bonham. Newcastle really have played some sexy football under the floodlights tonight.
54mins - Brandon Miele pings a raking pass out to Hoganson on the left, before receving the ball back a few seconds later and letting fly from the edge of the area, but he just cuts across his shot and drags it wide.
46mins - Watford make one change at the break - Austin Eaton is off for Dereece Gardner. There's also, for some reason, a change in shirt number - Hornets skipper Thomas Hoban has changed from number five, which he wore in the first period, to number 20.
FIRST HALF UPDATES
45+2mins - Referee Andrew Miller blows his whistle for the interval, and Newcastle lead 2-0 thanks to goals from Michael Hoganson and Dennis Knight. They've played some fantastic football and the fans who have turned out to watch will be pleased they did on the evidence of what they've seen so far - as will John Carver and Andy Woodman, who are also in the stands.
45+1mins - There's nearly a third goal just before the break for Dave Watson's side as Marcus Maddison, who scored in the last round against Darlington, hits a stinging effort which Bonham is happy to tip over the bar.
45mins - There will be two minutes of stoppage time at the end of a half largely dominated by the hosts.
44mins - Campbell is once again excelling for United - as are many of his team-mates - and he's involved in another great move for the Magpies. His clever backheel finds Hoganson who then returns the ball to the striker, who was called into the England under-17 squad this week. He shoots and it could well have been going in, but takes a wicked deflection and spins just wide.
35mins - The first yellow card of the game is shown to Newcastle's Ben Sayer for a late challenge near the touchline. Sean Murray whips the ball in and the onrushing Thomas Hoban ended up in the net - but the ball didn't.
34mins - The hosts look full of confidence now, and Michael Hoganson tries his luck from 22 yards. It's a well-struck effort from the 18-year-old, but it's straight down the throat of Jack Bonham, who gathers the ball into his chest.
26mins - NEWCASTLE GOAL (2-0): If Hatem Ben Arfa's goal against Blackburn earlier this month was one of the finest goals ever seen at the Sports Direct Arena, Dennis Knight's tonight can't be too far behind. The midfielder, playing in a more advanced role than usual, was in his own half when he received the ball but ran and ran and ran, with the Watford players seemingly afraid to challenge him, before striking underneath the body of the diving Bonham. The visiting defenders didn't do enough to stop him there, but it was wonderful, direct play from the ex-Walbottle Campus Technology College pupil and United lead 2-0.
24mins - NEWCASTLE GOAL (1-0: The Magpies are in front through Michael Hoganson, and it's no less than they deserve. Campbell nodded the ball to Knight who showed great vision to slide the ball into the path of Hoganson, who was already on his bike. The former Cowgate Boys' Club winger had a lot to do, but showed great composure to slot the ball into the far corner for his third goal in his last two games.
22mins - Now it's Marcus Maddison's turn to play a sublime through ball which Campbell hares onto and goes through on goal. He draws keeper Bonham from his line and is just about to slot home when Kyle Connolly comes from nowhere to nick the ball off his toe with a superbly-executed sliding challenge.
20mins - A clever first-time pass from Campbell sees Michael Hoganson race down the left, and the winger cuts into the box before Watford skipper Thomas Hoban slid in to make an important last-ditch tackle. It's been a good spell for United after a slow start - they just need a goal to show for it now.
14mins - After a fantastic, flowing move from United, Miele gets in a low cross which Adam Campbell turns towards goal only for Aaron Tumwa to throw out his leg and make a vital block. It sent the ball spinning just wide when it looked a certain goal for the Magpies' top goalscorer at this level.
12mins - Brandon Miele's flat corner isn't dealt with by Jack Bonham, the visiting keeper, and Remie Streete meets it at the far post but can't divert the ball on target. It was nearly a repeat of the defender's goal against Darlington in the last round.
9mins - Highly-rated Hornet forward Sean Murray expertly controlled a throw-in and then turned in one movement, before whipping in an inviting cross which Michael Kalu stretches for and reaches but can only nod wide. It wasn't an easy chance but it was the closest we've had to an opening yet.
1min - Newcastle take kick-off under the lights and we're underway, with United in black and white stripes and the Hornets in yellow shirts with red shorts and socks.
Newcastle United Under-18s: Alex Baird, Alex Nicholson, Remie Streete, Louis Storey, Michael Riley, Marcus Maddison, Ben Sayer (Steven Logan 72), Brandon Miele, Michael Hoganson (Lee Toland 76), Dennis Knight, Adam Campbell
Subs not used: Jonathan Mitchell, Jamie Smith, Will Turton
Watford Under-18s: Jack Bonham, Jordan Willmore (Brandon Horner 62), Kyle Connolly, Austin Eaton (Dereece Gardner 46), Thomas Hoban, Aaron Tumwa, Michael Kalu, Stephen Hamilton-Forbes, Morgan Ferrier (Luke O'Nien 66), Sean Murray, Kamaron English
Subs not used: Daniel Akubuine, Jack Westlake
Referee: Andrew Miller