United under-18s

By Paul Reece

Everton Under-18s 0
Newcastle United Under-18s 2 (Gillesphey, own goal)

Newcastle United Under-18s made it back-to-back wins as Academy coach Dave Watson savoured a winning return to his former club with victory against Everton.

The United coach enjoyed a 15-year spell on Merseyside as a player and his side headed into the game on the back a 1-0 win against Bolton in their last league outing.

Macaulay Gillesphey's header mid-way through the first-half along with a second-half own-goal following Adam Armstrong's free-kick handed the travelling Magpies all three points.

Jonathyn Quinn also hit the crossbar for Newcastle while substitute Tom Heardman came close to adding a late third when he was one-on-one with the Toffees goalkeeper.

"It is always nice coming back to Everton and get a result as well but it is more important for the lads to get the win than it is for me," said Watson.

"It was a really good team performance from the kids, they played well and showed great work rate and we created plenty of chances and could have scored more."

The win continued Newcastle revival after a slow start, with the youngsters now unbeaten in their last three games Academy league games, all of which have been away from Tyneside.

Watson said: "We've had a steadier team in recent weeks with no Reserve games and we've been able to bring one or two of the stronger players back into the side and that has helped us I think.

"We defended well when we needed to today and we were able to break and catch them on the counter-attack and I was happy with the performance from the lads."

The Newcastle juniors are back in the North-East next weekend, welcoming the other-half of Merseyside to Tyneside with Liverpool at Little Benton. Kick-off is 11am.

Newcastle United Under-18s: Jonathan Mitchell, Ben Drennan, Macauley Booth (Liam Gibson 46), Macaulay Gillesphey, Kyle Cameron, Greg Olley, Callum Roberts (Jordan Storey 75), Rolando Aarons, Jonathyn Quinn, Adam Armstrong (Tom Heardman 80), Daniel Barlaser

Subs not used: Paul Woolston