Adam Armstrong

By Paul Reece

Newcastle United Under-18s 4
Aston Villa Under-18s 3

Andy Hall marked his first appearance for Newcastle United under-18s with a brace as Newcastle United edged out Aston Villa, who scored twice from the spot in a seven-goal thriller.

Adam Armstrong also netted twice for Dave Watson's side, who were playing Villa for the third time this season having won one and drawn the other before Christmas.

The young Magpies, who drew 1-1 with Manchester City last week, took the lead inside the opening minute as Hall marked his inclusion in perfect fashion, producing a good finish to beat Villa keeper Brad Watkins.

Jerrell Sellars equalised from the spot for the Villans in the 13th minute after a mistimed challenge from Macaulay Gillesphey. Freddie Woodman, who saved a penalty against City last week, was beaten this time but produced a fine save soon after to prevent Daniel O'Brien from putting the his side in front.

And it was United who took the lead just after the hour mark as striker Armstrong let fly with an unstoppable effort into the top corner of Watkins' goal from the edge of the Villa box.

Minutes later and Hall had his second with the easiest of finishes, tapping into an empty net to stretch the lead to 3-1 before a second Villa spot-kick allowed them a route back into the match.

Sellars again won it, going down after contact from Ryan McKinnon in the Newcastle box, and the striker again beat Woodman from 12 yards to reduce the Magpies lead.

Poor defending at the other end was punished, however, as Armstrong slid home from 18 yards to restore the two goal advantage before the visitors again put United under late pressure.

Callum Robinson's near post header reduced the deficit once again but Watson's side were able to hold onto their advantage and make it two wins from four games in 2013.

Newcastle United Under-18s: Freddie Woodman, James Morgan, Lee Desmond, Ben Drennan, Ryan McKinnon, Macaulay Gilhespey (Adam Laidler 61), Daniel Barlaser, Brad Halliday, Andy Hall, Adam Armstrong, Greg Olley

Subs not used: Callum Roberts, Sam Busby, Kyle Cameron, Jamie Cobain