By Paul Reece
Aston Villa Under-18s 3 (Abdo, Wildin, Strain)
Newcastle United Under-18s 0
Newcastle United Under-18s made an underwhelming start to the new campaign as Aston Villa collected a flattering 3-0 victory on Saturday.
The scoreline was more convincing then the Magpies' performance merited with the scores level at the break. Second-half strikes from Khalid Abdo, Courtney Wildin and Thomas Strain, however, condemned Dave Watson's side to defeat after a promising opening 45 minutes.
Former Newcastle Academy goalkeeper Aidan Grant kept the Magpies at bay during the first half, saving from Liam Smith and Greg Olley.
Turkish youth international Daniel Barlaser then curled narrowly wide for the visiting Magpies, who looked the more likely to score before the break.
The Villans came out fighting after the restart, however, and took the lead in the 50th minute from the penalty spot.
Swedish youngster Abdo converted from 12 yards after Tomas Zazrivec was brought down inside the box.
Jamie Sterry and Joe Kerridge then came close for the young Magpies, who pressed for an equaliser. The home side capitalised on United's attacking intentions, however, as Wildin made it 2-0 in the 79th minute after Newcastle were caught on the break.
Abdo provided the assist for Wildin who calmly finished past Freddie Woodman and the West Midlands side added further misery to the Magpies' morning five minutes later.
Strain cut inside his marker and fired past Woodman to complete the scoring and ensure that United returned home undeservedly empty handed.
Newcastle's under-18s return to the West Midlands next week for the second game of the season when they face Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Newcastle United Under-21s: Freddie Woodman, Jamie Sterry, Liam Gibson (Jordan Laidler 71), Jordan Storey, Ryan McKinnon, Kyle Cameron, Greg Olley (Callum Roberts 60), Liam Smith, Andy Hall (Jamie Cobain 60), Joe Kerridge, Daniel Barlaser
Subs not used: James Morgan, Paul Woolston