Callum Roberts

By Paul Reece

Stoke City Under-18s 4 (MItchell, McKinnon og, Coban, Sanders)
Newcastle United Under-18s 1 (Roberts)

Summer signing Olivier Kemen played the opening 45 minutes but an injury0hit and inexperienced Newcastle United under-18 side fell to a 4-1 defeat against Stoke City.

The Magpies headed into the game looking to build on last weekend's spirited 1-0 win at Fulham but were second best against the Potters, who led 3-0 at the break.

Stoke had lost three games on the bounce without scoring but took just six minutes to break the deadlock as Joel Taylor fired a powerful strike past Jonathan Mitchell from 15 yards.

United responded brightly, however, with Jordan Storey hitting the post from eight yards out just three minutes later.

Mitchell then denied Oliver Shenton from 25 yards, tipping his strike over, before a goal line clearance prevented the Potters doubling their lead from the resultant corner.

Ryan McKinnon's own goal doubled the home side's lead, however, before Yusuf Coban's header stretched the lead even further.

United captain McKinnon almost made amends for his earlier error ten minutes after the restart but he headed over from eight yards out after losing his marker.

Stoke grabbed their fourth six minutes later as Potters skipper Ed Sanders headed home Frenchmen Ed Lecygne's corner at the far post.

Callum Roberts screwed an effort wide in the final ten minutes for United before grabbing a deserved consolation with a curling 20 yard free-kick past Dominic Kurasik.

Dave Watson's side are back in action on Tyneside next Saturday morning as they welcome Manchester City to the North-East.

Newcastle United Under-18s: Jonathan Mitchell, James Morgan (Jamie Cobain 69), Liam Gibson (Andy Hall 45), Ben Drennan, Ryan McKinnon, Kyle Cameron, Daniel Barlaser, Olivier Kemen (Adam Laidler 45), Callum Roberts, Alex Gilliead, Jordan Storey

Subs not used: James Atkinson, Brendan Pearson