Liam Smith scores against Sunderland

By Dan King - Newcastle United Digital Editor

Newcastle United Under-18s 3 (Smith pen, Quinn, Gilliead)
Sunderland Under-18s 0

Newcastle ran out convincing winners in the first Tyne-Wear derby of the season as they beat Sunderland 3-0 at Little Benton.

Dave Watson's side had been unfortunate in losing their opening two games of the Barclays Under-18 Premier League to Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers but were excellent against the Black Cats.

On his Magpies debut, goalkeeper Yusuf Mersin didn't have a save to make as the hosts dominated, with Alex Gilliead first to threaten as he flashed just wide after a driving run.

Kyle Cameron and Liam Smith both came close before skipper Ryan McKinnon made a superb last-ditch tackle on James Stinson.

But that was as good as it got for the visitors as Jonathyn Quinn saw two shots on the turn kept out and Smith sent one effort over the bar and had another saved.

And in the 42nd minute, Newcastle's pressure finally paid off as Cameron won the ball in his own box before sending Gilliead away and the England under-17 international was brought down in the opposite penalty area.

Newcastle-born Smith stepped up to convert from the spot and it was clear what the goal meant to him and his team-mates.

Moments later, Gilliead narrowly failed to turn home Quinn's cross, then Quinn underhit his shot after great work on the right from Jamie Sterry.

The second half was quieter but in the 70th minute, Quinn produced a finish worthy of the number nine on his back as he rifled home from just inside the box.

And in the dying seconds, substitute Callum Roberts burst down the right and cut the ball back for Gilliead to wrap up the three points - and the derby bragging rights.

Newcastle United Under-18s: Yusuf Mersin, Jamie Sterry, Kyle Cameron, Ben Drennan, Ryan McKinnon, Macaulay Gillesphey, Rolando Aarons (Callum Roberts 65), Liam Smith, Jonathyn Quinn (Tom Heardman 74), Greg Olley, Alex Gilliead

Subs not used: Ben Smith, James Morgan, Liam Gibson