Dave Watson

By Paul Reece

Manchester United Under-18s 3
Newcastle United Under-18s 0

Newcastle United's under-18s remain bottom of the Barclays Under 18s Premier League Group Two table after a third successive defeat.

The young Magpies were second best to the Red Devils and trailed to first-half goals from Andreas Pereira and James Wilson. Manchester United then extended that lead in the 82nd minute through Kenji Gorre to seal all three points.

Academy coach Dave Watson, however, remained positive and felt that scoreline was harsh on his youngsters.

Watson said: "The lads worked very hard today. It was a very young side against a strong Manchester United under-18 team.

"We worked hard and put in a great team performance to try and restrict United's chances and create opportunities of our own.

"The lads created chances but it wasn't to be and the way a couple of Man Utd goals were scored were disappointing.

"We should have stopped them but the work ethic was really good and at 2-0 until the last ten minutes we were still in the game if we got a goal.

"Manchester United were the better side but considering the age of our squad we produced a very good performance."

Newcastle fell behind after just eight minutes through Pereira before Wilson extended the lead seven minutes before half-time.

The striker, who put five past the Magpies when the Red Devils won 7-1 on Tyneside two months ago, rounded Freddie Woodman before tapping into an empty net.

Alex Gilliead's header ten minutes after the restart was the closest Newcastle came to reducing the deficit.

The England youth international beat Manchester keeper Pierluigi Gollini but was denied by Jack Rudge's goalline clearance.

Captain Steven Logan reacted quickest to the clearance but Gollini parried his effort clear to keep the scoreline 2-0.

At the other end, Dutch-born Gorre ensured the win with eight minutes of normal time remaining.

The midfielder, who had also had an effort cleared off the line 15 minutes earlier, had the easiest of back post finishes to seal the victory.

Newcastle will now look to bounce back against Sunderland next weekend, a game Watson believes the players are relishing.

"Derby games are always the same and the players will all be the same and will be up for it," he said.

"We want to win every game but from a coaching point of view if we can come away taking positives from every game then we'll be happy.

"The scoreline made the performance sound a lot worse then it was today and we showed a lot of resilience."

Newcastle United Under-18s: Freddie Woodman, Macauley Booth, Lewis Aird, Ben Drennan (Tom Heardman 73), Lee Desmond, Kyle Cameron, Daniel Barlaser (Rolando Aarons 69), Alex Gilliead, Adam Armstrong, Steven Logan, Jonathyn Quinn.

Subs not used: Greg Olley, Jamie Sterry, Sam Busby.