Dave Watson and Kevin Richardson

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Newcastle United Under-18s 1 (Barlaser)
Southampton Under-18s 0

Daniel Barlaser's good week got even better as Newcastle's youngsters won for the first time this season against a Stoke side who had won their opening two games of the campaign.

The Potters had beaten Manchester United and Aston Villa but were edged out at Little Benton thanks to 15-year-old Barlaser's first goal at this level - just days after he was called up for a Turkish Football Association training camp in Germany.

A goalless draw looked likely until the winger - on as a half-time substitute - slotted home in the 89th minute to give United three Premier Academy League points.

There were few clear-cut chances until Barlaser popped up, with Adam Armstrong coming closest for the Magpies when he just failed to connect with Rolando Aarons' low cross and then being denied by Saints keeper Dale Eve as he was slipped in by Greg Olley.

But Jonathan Mitchell made an equally important save at the other end to thwart James Alabi and when Stoke sub Marcel Barrington squandered two second half chances, a draw appeared certain.

Then came Barlaser's intervention and, with no league game next weekend, Dave Watson's side will now go into their derby at Sunderland on 15 September full of confidence.

Newcastle United Under-18s: Jonathan Mitchell, Jamie Sterry (Ben Drennan 67), Lee Desmond, Ryan McKinnon, Kyle Cameron, Greg Olley, Jonathyn Quinn, Steven Logan, Rolando Aarons (Daniel Barlaser 45), Alex Gilliead, Adam Armstrong

Subs not used: Aidan Grant, James Morgan, Esteban Cardona Lopez