Rolando Aarons

By Paul Reece

Manchester United Under-18s 1 (Riley)
Newcastle United Under-18's 2 (Aarons, Armstrong)


Rolando Aarons starred as Newcastle United under-18s continued their impressive start to 2014 with a hard earned victory against Manchester United.

The winger netted a 36th minute opener in a storm-hit clash and then supplied Adam Armstrong for the second half winner against the Red Devils.

The young Magpies, who were wearing their yellow Brazil-style away kit, have now won four from four since the turn of the year.

Dave Watson's men headed into the game on the back of a terrific 4-0 win at home to North East rivals Sunderland in the FA Youth Cup.

The home side had also enjoyed a strong start to the year and like Newcastle, they were unbeaten in 2014 heading into the game at the Aon Training complex.

It was Newcastle, however, who mastered the difficult conditions in the North West, producing another fluid and impressive performance.

The Magpies took the lead as Jamaica-born Aarons cut inside from the left wing and fired past Dean Henderson in the Manchester United goal.

Paul McGuinness' men were back on level terms ten minutes after the restart as Joe Riley netted from close range after Newcastle failed to clear the ball.

It was the visitors who retook the lead, however, after more good work from Aarons down the left wing - this time pulling the ball back to allow Armstrong to net.

Watson's men then defended resolutely for the final 22 minutes as they held on and continued a fantastic January for the young Magpies.

Newcastle United Under-18s: Freddie Woodman, Jamie Sterry, Ben Drennan, Greg Olley, Macaulay Gillesphey, Ryan McKinnon, Alex Gilliead, Olivier Kemen, Jonathyn Quinn, Adam Armstrong, Rolando Aarons

Substitutes: Liam Smith, Paul Woolston, Daniel Barsalser, Tom Heardman, Kyle Cameron