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By Dan King - Newcastle United Digital Editor

Newcastle United Under-17s 3 (Armstrong 2, 1 pen, Cameron)
O'Higgins Under-17s 2

Kyle Cameron was the hero at both ends as Newcastle beat O'Higgins of Chile in their opening game of the Milk Cup on Monday.

The England under-16 international defender scored the winner in a dramatic second half at the Coleraine Showgrounds, then made a vital goal-line clearance in the dying minutes.

Adam Armstrong had put United in front from the penalty spot as the Magpies led at half-time, but the South Americans roared back in the second period.

First they scored from a spot-kick of their own after Liam Gibson was penalised, then Freddie Woodman was beaten by a shot which clipped the inside of the post on its way in.

But Dave Watson's side, who reached the final of the competition last season, refused to admit defeat and equalised through a well-worked goal from Armstrong after a neat move involving full-back Jamie Cobain.

Then Cameron popped up from close range to get the Magpies off to the best possible start in Northern Ireland.

"It was a very tough game," Watson told nufc.co.uk. "We went toe-to-toe with them all the way.

"We took the lead but just after half-time they scored two quick goals and then the lads showed fantastic fighting spirit and character to come back and go on to win it. It was fantastic, really. The spirit they showed was tremendous.

"Kyle's goal-line clearance to stop them equalising late on summed it up. It was a great performance and we've learnt an awful lot from it about a winning mentality. We're not just here to develop - on the pitch, it's about winning games and the character they showed was unbelievable to come back and win it in the end."

There won't be too much time for United's youngsters to reflect on the game, as they're in action against County Armagh at Ballymena Showgrounds on Tuesday (kick-off 8pm). Watson and his players will watch the local side against Liverpool on Monday evening.

Newcastle United Under-17s: Freddie Woodman, Jamie Cobain, James Morgan, Kyle Cameron, Liam Gibson (Adam Laidler 65), Daniel Barlaser, Greg Olley, Jordan Storey, Alex Gilliead, Adam Armstrong, Callum Roberts

Subs not used: Sam Busby, James Atkinson, Louis Johnson, Lewis Suddick, Joe Kerridge, Andy Hall