Dan Taylor and Steven Logan

By Paul Reece

Sheffield Wednesday Under-18s 1
Newcastle United Under-18s 3 (Taylor 2, McGorrigan)

Newcastle United under-18s returned to winning ways and extended their lead at the top of the Premier Academy Group D table with a 3-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday.

Dave Watson's men headed into the game looking for their first win in three attempts and a Dan Taylor brace and Ryan McGorrigan ensured they returned to Tyneside with three points.

Striker Taylor took his tally to four in his last three games after netting in recent defeats to Manchester United and Leeds.

Taylor had already hit the crossbar for United before he put his side ahead, taking advantage of an error by the Owls 'keeper midway through the first half.

Winger McGorrigan, who was on target for United in their last visit to Sheffield against Wednesday's rivals United, then doubled the Magpies' lead.

The winger put United ahead shortly after the break, collecting a mistimed back pass to make it 2-0.

Wednesday pulled a goal back to ensure a nervy finish against a Newcastle side which welcomed back striker Alex Gilliead.

The striker returned after representing England under-16s at the recent Montaigu Tournament in France, with Gilliead playing in three of the four games.

United held on, however, and secured the three points in the 82nd minute when Taylor finished from close range.

The result moved Newcastle five points clear at the top after Leeds, winners on Tyneside last weekend, played out a 1-1 with Sheffield United.

It takes Watson's men a step closer towards the four-team play-offs should they be crowned as champions of the Group D table.

Newcastle United Under-18s: Jonathan Mitchell, Alex Nicholson, Michael Hoganson, Louis Storey, Alex Kitchen, Steven Logan, Marcus Maddison, Brandon Miele, Dan Taylor (Jamie Smith 85), Ryan McGorrigan, Alex Gilliead

Subs not used: Freddie Woodman, Liam Smith, Macauley Booth, Tom Heardman