Dave Watson

By Dan King - Newcastle United Digital Editor

County Armagh Under-17s 0
Newcastle United Under-17s 2 (Gilliead, Armstrong)

Dave Watson's youngsters made it two wins out of two in the Milk Cup with a hard-fought victory over County Armagh on Tuesday evening.

United, who had beaten O'Higgins of Chile 3-2 the previous day, made just one change to that side with Adam Laidler coming in for Liam Gibson.

And after a goalless first half against the Northern Irish outfit at Ballymena Showgrounds, the Magpies took control in the second.

First skipper Alex Gilliead jinked into the box and finished well, then Adam Armstrong swept home late on for his third goal of the competition.

County Armagh had beaten Liverpool 3-2 on Monday, having led 3-0 at one point, and Watson told nufc.co.uk: "They were big lads and very physical but we stood up to it really well and dealt with all the big balls they were putting in from all different angles.

"We defended well and we've got players in the team who can go and score goals for us, and we did that.

"It wasn't easy at all - we had the better chances but it was a really tough battle and it wasn't until later on in the game that we got a foothold."

Armstrong, who also shone at last year's tournament as Newcastle reached the final, has been one of the star players this time around and Watson admitted: "He's done really well - but we expect that from Adam." 

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

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