Jordan Storey

By Dan King - Newcastle United Digital Editor

Liverpool Under-17s 4
Newcastle United Under-17s 2 (Armstrong, Kerridge)

Despite taking an early lead through Adam Armstrong's fourth goal of the tournament, Newcastle narrowly failed to qualify for the semi-finals of the MIlk Cup after losing 4-2 to Liverpool in their final group game.

United had beaten O'Higgins and County Armagh in their opening two games and knew that a draw would see them qualify as one of the top four teams in the tournament. Instead, they missed out on goal difference and will now compete in the Globe section of the competition.

Talisman Armstrong fired the Magpies in front but the Reds roared back and led 4-1 through a Harry Wilson double, Daniel Cleary and Ryan Kent before Joe Kerridge gave Newcastle hope on the stroke of half-time. However, there were no further goals in the second period and Cherry Orchard claimed the final semi-final spot.

Coach Dave Watson told nufc.co.uk: "The lads put great effort in but Liverpool had better players on the pitch than us. We took the lead through Arma and then we defended as a team for long periods of the game - Liverpool had quite a lot of the game and the better chances. Freddie Woodman made quite a few good saves to keep us in the game until they scored from a corner.

"They got another three goals after that and overall they were a bit stronger than us, I've got to say, but as far as the lads' commitment and workrate was concerned, they put in a good team effort. But we came up against an excellent team."

The draw for the next stage took place shortly afterwards and United will be in action on Thursday against Club America de Mexico.

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

Subs not used: Sam Busby, Liam Gibson, Louis Johnson, Lewis Suddick, Andy Hall