By Paul Reece
West Ham United Under-18s 1 (Nasha)
Newcastle United Under-18s 1 (Quinn)
Olivier Kemen was sent off as Newcastle United Under-18s battled to a hard-earned point at West Ham on Saturday morning.
The young Magpies travelled to London in search of a first win in three games but fell behind in the 18th minute after Amos Nasha headed home.
Jonathyn Quinn levelled ten minutes before the break but French summer signing Kemen saw red just three minutes later for Newcastle.
It was the home side who created the first chance, Ben Marlow testing Jonathan Mitchell from 25 yards out.
Kieran Bywater then fired just wide of the left-hand post as the Hammers began the game on top.
The early pressure brought a deserved goal as Bywater's free-kick was headed into the top corner by Nasha.
United fought their way back into the game, however, and Ryan McKinnon almost levelled in the 32nd minute, the Academy skipper with a free header from a United corner but unable to direct it goalwards.
Two minutes later, Quinn bundled home the equaliser after Rolando Aarons reached the byline and squared for the midfielder.
Dave Watson's side were reduced to ten men three minutes later, though, as Kemen reacted to a heavy Marlow challenge - pushing the West Ham player in the face and receiving a straight red.
The home side thought they had retaken the lead in the 55th minute when Jerry Amoo beat the oncoming Mitchell but the flag was raised to United's relief.
West Ham than spurned two glorious chances in injury time - Jordan Brown firing straight at Mitchell before Amoo headed wide a minute later.
Newcastle held on, however, and returned to Tyneside with a valiant point against the Hammers, who are now unbeaten in six.
Newcastle United Under-18s: Jonathan Mitchell, Ben Drennan, Liam Gibson, Olivier Kemen, Ryan McKinnon, Michael Newberry, Alex Gilliead, Greg Olley, Jonathyn Quinn, Callum Roberts (Tom Heardman 66), Rolando Aarons (Daniel Barlaser 72)
Subs not used: Joe Kerridge, Brendan Pearson, Jordan Storey