Greg Olley


By Dan King - Newcastle United Digital Editor

Newcastle United Under-18s 2 (Kerridge, Barlaser)
Middlesbrough Under-18s 0

Dave Watson's youngsters made it three wins in a week as they beat Middlesbrough in Saturday's Tyne-Tees derby.

Just a few hours after returning from Liverpool with the under-21s, the likes of Liam Smith, Greg Olley, Jonathyn Quinn and Ryan McKinnon started at Boro's Rockliffe Park training ground in Hurworth, near Darlington.

And with Freddie Woodman having joined up with England's under-17s the previous evening, goalkeeper Paul Woolston made his under-18s debut.

The young shot-stopper was called into action early on to make an important block and less than two minutes later, the Magpies were in front.

Middlesbrough felt that they should have had a throw in but it was given United's way and Michael Newberry found Daniel Barlaser, who picked out the run of Joe Kerridge with a floated ball over the top.

Kerridge took his time before slotting home before Olley, a scorer in his last two games at this level, volleyed just wide.

Home keeper Joseph Fryer made a good save from Tom Heardman, then kept out efforts from Quinn and Olley, and Boro nearly made Newcastle pay when Junior Mondal netted only to be flagged offside.

Olley shot wide and was then denied by another Fryer save but, with six minutes left, the visitors made it 2-0.

Kerridge and left-back Adam Laidler combined for Turkey youth international Barlaser to sweep beyond the keeper with the aid of a deflection.

Newcastle United Under-18s: Paul Woolston, Michael Newberry, Ryan McKinnon, Ben Drennan, Adam Laidler, Liam Smith, Greg Olley, Daniel Barlaser, Jonathyn Quinn, Tom Heardman, Joe Kerridge

Subs not used: Ben Smith, Macauley Booth, James Atkinson, Jack Hunter, Andy Hall