Ben Sayer

By Paul Reece

Newcastle United Under-18s 1 (Taylor pen)
Leeds United United Under-18s 2 (Poleon, Leniguan)

Newcastle United's under-18s suffered their first home league defeat of the season against title-challengers Leeds United.

The depleted Magpies, who ended the game with ten-men following Jamie Smith's straight red card, lost for the second game in a row following last Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Manchester United.

Dave Watson's side were 2-0 down at the break thanks to goals from Dominic Poleon and Simon Leniguan.

United recovered slightly after the break and pulled one back through Dan Taylor's spot-kick but could not argue too much with the result.

The visitors, looking to close the six-point gap at the top of the Premier League Academy Group D table, almost opened the scoring inside the first four minutes.

The brilliant Poleon cut inside United's left-wing and fired a powerful shot at goal, with Newcastle relieved to see it rebound clear of the near post.

Poleon was almost in again four minutes later, collecting Lewis Turner's long ball behind the defence but under pressure from 'keeper Jonathan Mitchell he fired wide of goal.

Leeds took a deserved lead in the 21st minute as Poleon scored with the forward's shot parried in at the near post.

It was 2-0 six minutes later when Luke Coulson crossed for Leniguan who was free to fire home unmarked inside Newcastle's box.

The below-par Magpies finally tested Leeds keeper Sean McDermott in the 30th minute when Ryan McGorrigan's shot was saved.

The striker was then inches away from Michael Hoganson's left-wing cross as Watson's side looked to get back into the game.

But the visitors almost extended their lead before the break - with full-back Smith clearing Jordan Snodin's strike off the line minutes before half-time.

Marcus Maddison was introduced for the second-half in place of Hoganson but Newcastle's fight-back did not begin until Smith's dismissal.

The right-back was shown a straight red for a reckless challenge on Charlie Taylor in the Leeds box in the 75th minute.

Dan Taylor gave the youngsters hope two minutes later, however, after Maddison's 25-yard strike was adjudged to have been handled in the box by Richard Bryan.

The striker calmly finished into the bottom corner and United could have pinched a point in the 86th minute - McGorrigan with the chance.

The No.9 collected Taylor's pull-back but his effort was well saved by McDermott as Leeds hung on for three points.

Newcastle United Under-18s: Jonathan Mitchell, Jamie Smith, Michael Riley, Ben Sayer, Alex Kitchen, Louis Storey, Dan Taylor, Steven Logan, Ryan McGorrigan, Brandon Miele (Alex Nicholson 62), Michael Hoganson (Marcus Maddison 45)

Sub not used: Alex Baird, Esteban Cardona-Lopez, Lee Desmond