Liam Smith

By Paul Reece

Wolverhampton Wanderers Under-18s 2
Newcastle United Under-18s 1

Academy coach Dave Watson bemoaned "two moments of madness" as his side suffered a second straight defeat, losing 2-1 at Wolves.

The young Magpies, who kicked-off their 2013-14 campaign with a 3-0 defeat at Aston Villa, were once again on the losing side in the West Midlands.

Two poor goals first-half goals for the home side left United on the back foot after a good start.

Liam Smith's well taken effort did put Newcastle back in contention but despite further pressure they could not find the equalising goal.

"We definitely deserved something out of the game," said Watson, "We had them under pressure all of the second half.

"We started well but gave away two sloppy goals and faced an uphill battle after that but we showed good character.

"Liam's goal got us back into the game and we were chasing to draw level and putting them under the cosh but it wasn't to be unfortunately."

United fell behind after Cieron Keane got on the end of a back post cross to head across goal.

The home side then doubled their lead as Peter Smith capitalised on hesitant defending to fire past Freddie Woodman.

United rallied after the break and Smith's effort midway through the half restored faith.

The midfielder netted from outside the area as his strike hit the underside of the bar and bounced over the line.

Watson's side pressed for the equaliser but it didn't arrive, leaving United with two defeats from two games so far this season.

"They were two sloppy goals to concede from our point of view," admitted Watson.

"Two moments of madness cost us today but we had plenty of positives to take from the game.

"Ben Drennan did well on his first game since returning from England duty, while Callum Roberts and Freddie Woodman were also impressive."

United's under-18s are back in action on Wednesday afternoon when they entertain Sunderland at the Club's Little Benton Academy. Kick-off is 11am.

Newcastle United Under-18s: Freddie Woodman, Macauley Booth, Ryan McKinnon, Macaulay Gillesphey, Kyle Cameron, Ben Drennan, Rolando Aarons, Daniel Barlaser (Jordan Storey 65), Liam Smith, Callum Roberts, Tom Heardman (Joe Kerridge 65)

Subs not used: Adam Laidler, Liam Gibson, Jamie Cobain