Adam Armstrong

By Paul Reece

Newcastle United Under-18s 4
Arsenal Under-18s 5

Newcastle United Under-18s' hopes of topping the Barclays Under-18 Premier League Tier Two table were dealt a blow as they lost a nine-goal thriller to Arsenal at Little Benton.

Trailing 2-0 to goals from Tarum Dawkins and Austin Lipman, the young Magpies fought their way back into the game. Adam Armstrong's 24-yard curling free-kick just before the break made it 2-1 before Ben Drennan headed Newcastle level in the 53rd minute.

However the Gunners replied instantly with Anthony Jeffrey firing past Freddie Woodman at the near post to restore Arsenal's lead.

Callum Roberts equalised for Dave Watson's side again, however, with 20 minutes remaining as he collected Greg Olley's pass and fired a powerful effort into the net.

A point seemed fair as the two sides headed into the final minutes, but Jack Jebb put Arsenal 4-3 ahead with a superb free-kick from the edge of the box.

Jamie Sterry was then hauled down in the box at the other end moments later and Armstrong stepped up from the spot to make it all square once again.

Arsenal winger Jeffrey was still able to grab the winner though as he found space down the left wing and advanced into the box before beating Woodman.

United headed into the game second in the table, two points behind leaders Manchester City with one game in hand, but Arsenal will now climb above the Magpies into second place.

Newcastle's last game is this Tuesday when they head to Norfolk to face FA Youth Cup finalists Norwich.

Newcastle United Under-18s: Freddie Woodman, Jamie Sterry, Macauley Booth, Brad Halliday, Ryan McKinnon, Macaulay Gillesphey, Jonathyn Quinn (Ben Drennan 46), Liam Smith (Jamie Cobain 65), Callum Roberts, Adam Armstrong, Greg Olley

Subs not used: Lewis Aird, Brendan Pearson, James Morgan