By Paul Reece
Wolverhampton Wanderers Under-18s 1
Newcastle United Under-18s 2 (Miele pen, Hoganson)
A depleted Academy side put their FA Youth Cup exit behind them with a battling victory at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Missing captain Remie Streete, striker Adam Campbell, midfielder Dennis Knight and goalkeeper Alex Baird, Dave Watson's side still managed to return to winning ways.
Midfielder Brandon Miele put United ahead inside the opening ten minutes from the spot after a Wolves player was booked for handling on the line.
The home side levelled before the break though Luke Ifil and it looked as though the points would be shared.
Michael Hoganson stepped up with ten minutes remaining, however, to net his second goal in as many games.
The winger opened the scoring against Blackburn Rovers at the Sports Direct Arena and missed from the spot during the decisive shoot-out.
He made amends here, however, converting Marcus Maddison's right-wing cross at the back post for three valuable points.
Watson was delighted with his side's reaction and praised stand-in skipper Louis Storey.
Watson said: "It was a fantastic reaction from the lads.
"They could have been down in the dumps after Monday night but they were superb.
"We told them the season starts today and it showed the strength of depth we have with so many players missing.
"It was a good battle and a very competitive game and Louis Storey led the team superbly.
"He is the unsung hero of the team, very consistent and you always know what you get from him."
United also gave 30 minutes to highly-rated striker Alex Gillead and a first start at this level to defender Alex Kitchen.
Newcastle United Under-18s: Jonathan Mitchell, Alex Nicholson (Ben Sayer 55), Lee Toland (Alex Gilliead 60), Louis Storey, Alex Kitchen, Marcus Maddison, Michael Riley, Brandon Miele, Steven Logan, Michael Hoganson, JJ Hooper