Rolando Aarons

By Paul Reece

Blackburn Rovers Under-18s 4
Newcastle United Under-18 1

Academy coach Dave Watson was left to rue a "disjointed" performance from his young side following a heavy defeat to Blackburn Rovers in Lancashire.

The Magpies, who have made a bright start to 2013, trailed 3-0 at the break before Rolando Aarons netted a second-half consolation with a fine effort.

Rovers then added a late fourth, however, as United suffered just their second loss of the year.

Watson said: "It was a disappointing result. We have had some decent performances in the last two or three games but we looked disjointed for some reason today.

"In previous games we have shown great battling qualities but today we didn't compete as well as we have done recently."

With Rovers in control after a first-half treble, Aarons netted for United after the restart as he broke down the left wing, cut inside and fired into the far corner.

Striker Andy Hall, who netted twice on his debut at this level last week, then spurned a good opportunity to to grab a second for United as he side-footed straight at the Rovers keeper.

Despite the result, former Everton defender Watson praised Newcastle's young goalkeeper Freddie Woodman after the shot-stopper continued his impressive form.

"It could have been an even higher score if Woodman was not playing," explained the coach. "The scoreline has nothing to do with him and he made three or four really good saves.

"People might look at the scoreline and think straight away the goalkeeper was to blame but that was not the case at all. He has done really well for us recently and carried on today."

Newcastle United Under-18s: Freddie Woodman, Alex Kitchen, Ryan McKinnon (Jamie Cobain 45), Macaulay Gillesphey, Lee Desmond (Kyle Cameron 75), Greg Olley, Jonathyn Quinn, Brad Halliday, Rolando Aarons, Adam Armstrong, Andy Hall

Subs not used: Callum Roberts, Adam Laidler, Daniel Barlaser