By Paul Reece
Manchester City Under-18s 1
Newcastle United Under-18s 1
Newcastle United's under-18s returned to the North-East with a well-earned point following their 1-1 draw with Manchester City on Saturday afternoon.
The Magpies, who beat Adam Sadler's side 3-2 on Tyneside in January, led through Jonathyn Quinn's 17th minute strike before City levelled through a fantastic second-half effort from Jose Angelino Tasende.
England youth international Freddie Woodman, meanwhile, produced a superb performance between the posts for Dave Watson's side, producing a string a fantastic saves - including denying City from the penalty spot.
United's 'keeper was forced into action in only the second minute as Newcastle were hit on the counter-attack and the Blues forced a fine save from Woodman.
Kean Bryan then headed against the post for the home side as they looked the more likely to open the scoring but it was Quinn who was able to break the deadlock at the other end.
City were punished for failing to clear their lines as Quinn collected the lose ball and fired into the bottom corner, leaving goalkeeper Angus Gunn with no chance.
Midfielder Quinn, who netted the last minute winner over City in January, was then denied from point blank range as Gunn saved brilliantly to prevent United doubling their advantage in the first half.
The Citizens were almost level before the break, however, as Dom McHale's run into the box caused problems and brought a foul from United.
Hutton stepped up for Sadler's side and fired powerfully towards the bottom corner but the in-form Woodman stretched and pushed it wide to ensure Newcastle headed into the break ahead.
After the restart Woodman again denied City, pushing away Bryan's effort before McHale failed to convert the rebound.
It appeared that it was going to take something special to beat Woodman and Manchester City left-back Tasende duly obliged with a superb 25-yard effort going in off the post to draw his side level.
But the United shot-stopper was again in fine form soon afterwards, producing a superb double save in the 75th minute to continue to frustrate the home side. In the end City failed to find a second as United held firm to secure a well deserved point at Platt Lane.
Newcastle United Under-18s: Freddie Woodman, James Morgan, Macaulay Gillesphey, Ryan McKinnon, Lee Desmond, Greg Olley, Brad Halliday, Alex Gilliead, Rolando Aarons (Tom Heardman 65), Jonathyn Quinn, Adam Armstrong
Subs not used: Jonathan Mitchell, Ben Drennan, Daniel Barlaser, Kyle Cameron.