Greg Olley celebrates with Alex Gilliead - photograph courtesy of Russell Pritchard

By Paul Reece

Aston Villa Under-18s 1
Newcastle United Under-18s 1

Newcastle United under-18s ended 2012 with a well earned point against Aston Villa at Bodymoor Heath - although they may feel it should have been three.

United dominated for large parts of the game, taking a first-half lead thanks to a Villa own goal, but were punished with a last minute leveller from 12 yards. The point, however, was not enough to pull the Magpies off the bottom of the Barclays Premier Academy League Group Two table.

The visitors began the game on top, coming close throughTom Heardman's header before taking the lead three minutes later in the 25th minute.

Liam Smith's free-kick was knocked on by centre-forward Heardman and the effort deflected into the net of Villa defender Brad Lewis.

Smith and Heardman both had further chances, Heardman coming close with a glancing header while Smith then had an effort parried wide.

The bright Heardman made it a hat-trick of misses shortly after the hour mark, latching onto Adam Armstrong's cross but firing against the post.

Dave Watson's side were punished for their inability to add a second, however, as the home side netted an underserved equaliser from the spot.

Villa youngster Daniel Crowley was brought down in the United box and Umit Eminoglu stepped up to fire home from 12 yards deep in injury time.

Newcastle United Under-18s: Jonathan Mitchell, Jamie Sterry, Lewis Aird, Liam Smith (Ben Drennan 81), Lee Desmond, Kyle Cameron, Jonathyn Quinn, Alex Gilliead, Tom Heardman, Adam Armstrong, Rolando Aarons (Greg Olley 58).

Subs not used: James Morgan, Freddie Woodman, Laidler.