Tom Heardman

 
By Paul Reece

Newcastle United Under-18s 2 (Quinn, Heardman) 
Stoke City Under-18s 0

It is now six wins from six for Dave Watson's ever-improving Academy side as they proved too strong for their Stoke City counterparts on Saturday morning.

The young Magpies have been in sparkling form recently, recording two wins over Sunderland along with a notable victory against Manchester United.

Without Adam Armstrong, who was an unused substitute in the Tyne-Wear derby at St James' Park, Tom Heardman partnered Jonathyn Quinn up front.

And the pair were both on target in a game United never looked like losing after a dominant performance from start to finish.

Newcastle began the game on top with Olivier Kemen seeing a second-minute effort blocked before Heardman had his first effort deflected wide four minutes later.

The home side took just 15 minutes to break the deadlock as the in-form Quinn pounced on a poor back pass and rounded the Potters 'keeper before firing into the empty net.

Heardman then fired wide twice in quick succession as United pressed for an immediate second against the shell-shocked visitors.

Quinn almost had his second in the 21st minute, finding himself unmarked at the far post following a United corner, but his header was well saved on the line.

On top and playing with confidence, Quinn tested the Stoke shot-stopper with a powerful 25-yard drive before Joe Kerridge had the ball in the net in the 31st minute.

The midfielder found himself behind the defence and produced a clinical finish but unfortunately the flag was raised for offside.

Leading 1-0 at the break, the second-half brought fewer chances as Stoke improved defensively but lacked a threat in front of goal.

The best chance of the half fell to Heardman as he broke down the left wing and raced into the box.

Keeping his composure, the striker fired a low strike into the back of the net as United completed a comfortable and deserved victory.

Newcastle United Under-18s: Freddie Woodman, Jamie Sterry, Ben Drennan, Olivier Kemen, Macauley Booth, Liam Gibson, Daniel Barlaser, Liam Smith, Jonathyn Quinn, Tom Heardman, Joe Kerridge