Greg Olley


By Dan King - Newcastle United Digital Editor

Newcastle United Under-18s 1 (Olley)
Manchester United Under-18s 0

Dave Watson's side recovered from the disappointment of their FA Youth Cup quarter-final defeat to Chelsea with an impressive victory over Manchester United at Little Benton.

The Magpies completed a Barclays Under-18 Premier League double over the Red Devils thanks to Greg Olley's first goal of the season, despite being without the likes of Adam Armstrong, Rolando Aarons and Lubo Satka, who were all involved for the first-team at Fulham.

Manchester United had scored five against Middlesbrough two weeks ago but it was Newcastle who made the brighter start, with Liam Smith firing over in the fourth minute.

Freddie Woodman dealt with long range efforts from Demetri Mitchell, Joshua Harrop and Marcus Rashford before Matthew Willock was off target in a game of few chances.

But as the hour mark approached, Olley managed to burst through and smash the ball past Dean Henderson.

Woodman made a good save to deny fellow England youth international MItchell but a well-organised Magpies defence rarely looked like letting their lead slip.

Newcastle United Under-18s: Freddie Woodman, Macauley Booth, Liam Gibson (Adam Laidler 76), Greg Olley, Ben Drennan, Kyle Cameron, Alex Gilliead, Olivier Kemen, Tom Heardman, Liam Smith, Jonathyn Quinn.

Subs not used: Brendan Pearson, Joe Kerridge, Daniel Barlaser, Andy Hall