Dan Gosling

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Crystal Palace Under-21s 2
Newcastle United Under-21s 2

Jamaican teenager Rolando Aarons scored in only his second Barclays Under-21 Premier League appearance to rescue a point for battling Newcastle at a chilly Selhust Park on Monday night.

Willie Donachie and Peter Beardsley's team twice came from behind against Crystal Palace, with Adam Campbell cancelling out Aaron Wilbraham's opener with his eighth goal of the season.

And when Sullay Kaikai put the hosts ahead again, Aarons drilled home a late equaliser to give the Magpies a share of the spoils against the Eagles.

Ibra Sekajja missed a penalty for Palace in the first half while Campbell had a goal disallowed in the second in an end-to-end affair which means United have won one, drawn one and lost one of their three league games since the turn of the year.

"We said to them at half-time that they needed to show character," said Reserve Team Manager Willie Donachie. "And they did just that in the second half. We created good chances and got a good goal so I thought it was a great performance in the end.

"I was a little bit disappointed with the first half but we showed a lot of character in the second half and we could have actually won the game. We had a good goal disallowed for offside and we thought their penalty was a dive.

"But in the second half we played well, we had a few chances and Adam had a good volley that bounced over the bar.

"I was pleased because we had four first years playing at the end, plus a couple of other Academy players, so it was a young team but we also had some more experienced players.

"Romain (Amalfitano) was outstanding and had a great attitude, Dan Gosling as usual showed a great attitude, Tav (James Tavernier) did well and it was a good balance of older players playing well and younger players getting great experience."

Crystal Palace Under-21: Lewis Price, Aaron Akuruka, Matthew Parsons, Stuart O'Keefe, Alex Wynter, Quade Taylor, Sullay Kaikai, Jacob Butterfield (Hiram Boateng 75), Aaron Wilbraham (Kadell Daniel 81), Kyle De Silva (Reise Allassani 75), Ibra Sekajja

Subs not used: David Gregory, Ryan Inniss

Newcastle United Under-21s: Jonathan Mitchell, Alex Nicholson, Remie Streete (Jonathyn Quinn 61), James Tavernier, Lee Desmond (Rolando Aarons 46), Romain Amalfitano, Steven Logan, Brandon Miele, Shane Ferguson, Dan Gosling (Greg Olley 79), Adam Campbell

Subs not used: Freddie Woodman, Ryan McKinnon

Photograph courtesy of Neil Everitt and Crystal Palace Football Club