Ben Drennan

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Newcastle United Under-18s 0
Tottenham Hotspur Under-18s 4

After an encouraging pre-season campaign, Newcastle were well beaten by Tottenham in their opening game of the season proper.

Dave Watson's side had reached the final of the Milk Cup and gone unbeaten in friendlies, but Spurs proved too strong at Little Benton.

The Magpies were without Adam Campbell and Lubo Satka, who were on Reserve duty, while Rolando Aarons, Macauley Booth, Tom Heardman, Alex Kitchen, Macaulay Gillesphey and Alex Kitchen also missed out.

Freddie Woodman came in for his under-18s debut at the age of 15 while several other players were also making their competitive bow at this level but United found themselves behind after 14 minutes.

Lee Desmond was penalised for a foul on the edge of the box and Laste Dombaxe executed his free-kick perfectly.

Woodman - fresh from helping England to the final of the Nordic Tournament last week - made two fine saves to deny Shaq Coulthirst but couldn't keep him out for a third time on the half hour mark.

Spurs carved open the Magpies defence with some great football and the striker slotted home from close range.

And although Steven Logan forced visiting keeper Luke McGhee into a good save shortly before half time, three minutes after the restart Kenneth McEvoy scored another for Spurs.

Newcastle were given a glimmer of hope when Alex Gilliead was fouled in the box, but Liam Smith - who had netted from the spot in the friendly win over Clyde - saw his penalty saved.

Darren McQueen added a late fourth despite Woodman saving his initial attempt.

Newcastle United Under-18s: Freddie Woodman, James Morgan (James Atkinson 82), Ben Drennan, Ryan McKinnon, Lee Desmond, Greg Olley, Steven Logan (Daniel Barlaser 72), Liam Smith, Esteban Cardona Lopez, Adam Armstrong (Jonathyn Quinn 68), Alex Gilliead

Subs not used: Aidan Grant, Kyle Cameron