By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Newcastle United Under-17s 0
Desportivo Brazil Under-17s 3
Alan Pardew was in the crowd at the Ballymoney Showgrounds to lend his support to Newcastle's next generation in the final of the Milk Cup, but three second-half goals from the brilliant Desportivo Brazil meant the Magpies had to settle for being Premier section runners-up.
United had scored 15 times and conceded just once in four games leading up to the final, but finally ran out of steam after a punishing week of football against the South American starlets.
The first half was goalless, with Freddie Woodman once again impressing in goal, but the deadlock was broken in the 44th minute of the 70-minute match.
Bruno Conceição headed home from a right wing cross, meaning Dave Watson's side were forced to go for broke and try to force an equaliser in spite of their heavy legs.
And with ten minutes left, they were caught out as Aguilar Oliveira forced home from another right-wing delivery to make it 2-0.
A somewhat harsh third goal came in the dying seconds as the Brazilians broke swiftly from a Newcastle attack and Arthur Bonaldo forced Woodman into a parry which eventually fell to Ramalho, who made no mistake with the goal at his mercy.
However, the Magpies didn't go home empty-handed as Adam Campbell - scorer of six goals in the competition - was named the player of the tournament.