Callum Roberts

By Paul Reece

Stoke City Under-18s 2
Newcastle United Under-18s 3 (Roberts 2, Sterry)

Callum Roberts 89th minute strike ensured Newcastle United's youngsters collected their first back-to-back wins of the season on Saturday.

Dave Watson's side had looked set to settle for a point after Jake Cook's equaliser for the Potters seven minutes from time but Roberts struck to break Stoke hearts.

The Magpies made a flying start, taking just 35 seconds to break the deadlock with Roberts firing a left-footed strike from the edge of the box and past Stoke's Dale Eve.

But the home side responded well and came close through Jack Nardiello before Derice Richards levelled in the 21st minute. The Potters junior flicked Eddy Lecygne's corner into the far post but United recovered and regained the lead for a second time.

Jonathyn Quinn's cross found its way to Jamie Sterry and the Magpies teenager kept his composure to produce a clinical finish.

Taking the 2-1 advantage into the break, captain Steven Logan almost extended United's lead three minutes after the restart. The tough-tackling midfielder broke through the Potters' defence but fired straight at Eve.

Nardiello was again denied at the other end by Ryan Crump, deputising for the absent Freddie Woodman, before Ryan McKinnon's header was well saved by Eve.

The home side finally broke through with Cook cutting inside from the right-wing and firing an unstoppable left-footed effort past the helpless Crump.

Goal scorer Sterry then spurned what appeared to be the final opportunity for Newcastle as he headed wide in the dying minutes before Roberts struck the winner.

The teenager reacted quickest after Greg Olley's effort was parried by Eve to slot home and ensure that United returned to the North-East with another three points.

Newcastle United Under-18s: Ryan Crump, Macauley Booth, Ryan McKinnon, Alex Kitchen, Kyle Cameron, Jamie Sterry, Steven Logan, Liam Smith, Daniel Barlaser (Greg Olley 78), Jonathyn Quinn, Callum Roberts