By Paul Reece
Southampton Under-18s 2
Newcastle United Under-18s 1
Newcastle United's under-18s are still searching for their first points of the season after defeat on the South Coast.
The Magpies, who lost 4-0 to Tottenham Hotspur last weekend, produced a more competitive performance on Saturday but it was the Saints who took control of the match, taking a first-half lead through Harrison Reed, who finished off a cross from the right with a neat finish from just inside the box.
United striker Alex Gilliead was then denied as he broke though one-on-one with the only clear chance of the first half for Dave Watson's side.
The home side doubled their advantage shortly after the break through Ryan Seager, who got behind the defence and finished past Jonathan Mitchell.
Adam Armstrong netted with about 15 minutes remaining to give the Magpies hope. Twisting and turning, the midfielder managed to get a shot at goal to reduce the deficit and make it 2-1.
And it stayed like that as Armstrong, Gilliead, Daniel Barlaser and Greg Olley all spurned good chances late on.
Speaking after the game, Watson said: "It is always disappointing to lose but we will take the positives from the game.
"Jonathan Mitchell pulled off three or four really good saves and we produced a much better second-half performance.
"It is a young team and it will probably be a tough season ahead but if they continue to learn each week we will be happy with that.
"Obviously it is nice to win matches as well but as long as the players are learning and moving forward then that is fine."
Newcastle United Under-18s: Jonathan Mitchell, James Morgan, Ryan McKinnon, Lee Desmond, Ben Drennan, Greg Olley, Steven Logan, Adam Armstrong, Jonathyn Quinn, Esteban Cardona Lopez (Daniel Barlaser 60), Alex Gilliead