Tom Heardman


By Paul Reece

Newcastle United Under-18s 5 (Olley, Heardman 2, Quinn, Barlaser)
Leicester City Under-18s 3 (Casey, Kipre, Miles)

Newcastle United Under-18s continued their fine form on Saturday afternoon, coming out on top in an eight-goal thriller with Leicester City.

United headed into the match on the back of three straight wins against Manchester United, Blackburn Rovers and Middlesbrough.

Greg Olley's 25-yard strike opened the scoring but Dave Watson's in-form youngsters found themselves a goal down at the break.

Tom Heardman's second-half double, however, along with goals from Jonathyn Quinn and Dan Barlaser, ensured that Newcastle recorded a fourth successive league win.

The home side had taken early leads in their last two games and continued the trend again, taking just eight minutes to break the deadlock as midfielder Olley tried his luck from distance.

His 25-yard effort fizzed along the wet surface at Little Benton and underneath Foxes shot-stopper Liam Sharpe.

United's lead was short-lived, however, as the visitors found themselves level in the 13th minute as Dylan Casey's deflected effort completed a swift break.

Cedric Kipre then fired home City's second, punishing slack defending following a Foxes corner as he fired past 15-year-old shot-stopper Paul Woolston.

Trailing at the break, United began the second half much like the first and they were level in the 52nd minute as Heardman finished at the far post from Joe Kerridge's cross.

The striker then grabbed his third goal in his last two home games as the Magpies retook the lead on the hour mark, this time pouncing from close-range.

Turkish teenager Barlaser then supplied Quinn for United's fourth in the 68th minute as Newcastle took control of the game.

The midfielder then added Newcastle's fifth, his second in as many games, in the 86th minute, finishing from a tight angle.

City did net a third in injury time as Matt Miles' corner landed on the goal line and the assistant referee ruled that ball had crossed the line, awarding the Foxes a late consolation.

United travel to the capital next weekend to face Arsenal before welcoming Chelsea to the North-East the following Saturday.

Newcastle United Under-18s: Paul Woolston, Ben Drennan, Liam Gibson, Greg Olley, Ryan McKinnon, Macuauley Gillesphey (Adam Laidler 30), Daniel Barlaser, Jonathyn Quinn, Tom Heardman, Liam Smith, Joe Kerridge

Subs not used: Ben Smith, James Atkinson, Michael Newberry, Sean Longstaff