Liam Smith


By Paul Reece

Newcastle United Under-18s 2 (Smith, Kerridge)
Everton Under-18s 5 (Davies, Birch 2, Connolly, Brewster)

Newcastle United under-18s surrendered a two-goal lead as their eight-game winning streak came to an abrupt end on Saturday afternoon.

Dave Watson's side had conceded just three goals in the previous eight fixtures but conceded four second-half goals as the Toffees ran riot.

The Magpies headed into the game on the back of a 1-0 victory against Derby in the FA Youth Cup last weekend and with a 100% record in 2014.

Academy coach Watson, made nine changes from last weekend's side, however, with goalscorer Adam Armstrong amongst those unavailable for the former Everton defender.

Midfielder Liam Smith broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute, reacting quickest after Callum Roberts' effort had came back off the post and firing the home side ahead.

Joe Kerridge then doubled United's advantage just seven minutes later to put the young Magpies in firm control.

He produced a clinical finish after exchanging passes with Alex Gilliead as Newcastle looked on course to record a ninth consecutive victory.

Tom Davies' close range finish, however, reduced the deficit before the break and the visitors were able to seize control of the game in the second half.

Arlen Birch's strike with 22 minutes remaining pulled the Toffees level before he forced home a second just minutes later to put Everton in front for the first time.

The Blues then added a fourth in the 79th minute and Delial Brewster completed the scoring in the final minutes as the visitors returned to Merseyside with all three points.

Newcastle United Under-18s: Brendan Pearson, Ben Drennan, Kyle Cameron, Macauley Booth, Daniel Barlaser, James Atkinson, Alex Gilliead, Liam Smith, Tom Heardman (Adam Laidler 80), Joe Kerridge (Andy Hall 80), Callum Roberts

Subs not used: Paul Woolston, Michael Newberry, Jack Hunter