United under-18s

By Paul Reece

Newcastle United Under-18s 0
Manchester City Under-18s 6

Newcastle United under-18s endured a morning to forget as they fell to a heavy defeat at home to an impressive Manchester City side.

Trailing 2-0 at the break, United conceded three goals in eight punishing second-half minutes as City put the game beyond doubt in clinical fashion.

The Citizens arrived in the North East five points ahead of Newcastle in the league with three wins and two draws from their opening eight fixtures, While Dave Watson's young side headed into the match looking to bounce back from a 4-1 defeat at Stoke City two weeks ago.

The Academy coach was again without a host of key players, however, with the likes of Rolando Aarons, Jonathyn Quinn, Adam Armstrong and Callum Roberts all unavailable.

City took just eight minutes to open the scoring as England Under-18 international Brandon Barker charged down the left-wing before supplying Daniel Lima, who finished from close range.

Newcastle responded well with Turkish youth-international Dan Barlaser forcing a save from Billy O'Brien with a curling shot from the edge of the box in the 14th minute.

The visitors remained on top, however, and only the post denied Lima his second after he collected Jorge Intima's ball on the half-hour mark.

Andy Hall's effort was comfortably saved at the other end before Intima doubled City's lead 10 minutes before the break - firing a low strike past Jonathan Mitchell.

It was an eight minute spell which left the result in no doubt, however, with the Citizens taking just 30 seconds after the restart to further increase their advantage.

The impressive Barker was again involved, collecting a high-ball down the left wing and forcing a save from Mitchell and Denziel Boadu was on hand to collect the loose ball and make it three.

Three minutes later, Barker's through ball found Lima and his low strike was parried into the path Kean Bryan who had the simple task of slotting the ball into an empty net.

Barker then netted a deserved goal of his own in the 53rd minute, cutting inside from the left-wing and firing a low effort past Mitchell and into the bottom corner.

Newcastle's only clear chance of the second half arrived 10 minutes from time, meanwhile, when substitute Joe Kerridge won possession deep in the City half allowing Hall to run at goal and he forced a good save from O'Brien with a powerful low strike.

Two minutes later, though, City completed the rout with goal number six, Barker's through ball finding Thierry Ambrose who produced a clinical finish into the bottom corner.

Newcastle United Under-18s: Jonathan Mitchell, Jamie Cobain (Callum Willams 74), Liam Gibson, Ben Drennan, Ryan McKinnon, Kyle Cameron, Dan Barlaser, Jordan Storey, Andy Hall, Greg Olley (Joe Kerridge 65), Adam Laidler

Subs not used: Paul Woolston, Michael Newberry, Louis Johnson