James Tavernier

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Stoke City Under-21s 1 (Hall)
Newcastle United Under-21s 2 (Richardson, Moyo)

Michael Richardson marked his return to Newcastle United with a goal as the Magpies made it four wins out of four against Stoke at under-21 level this season.

The midfielder, back from a loan spell at Gillingham, struck home a ninth minute opener for Willie Donachie and Peter Beardsley's side at the Potters' Clayton Wood training ground.

And, on an afternoon which saw Kevin Mbabu make his Magpies bow, Yven Moyo added a second before Jadan Hall grabbed a late consolation for the hosts, who had lost 5-1, 5-1 and 3-0 in the previous three Barclays Under-21 Premier League meetings with United.  

Romain Amalfitano came close to giving the visitors an early lead as he hit a post from Moyo's cross, but Newcastle didn't have to wait for much longer to go in front.

Mbabu found Moyo, whose ball into the box found Richardson who drilled home a low shot.

And Moyo got his own name on the scoresheet just after the hour mark when he turned in the box and fired past Daniel Bachmann with the aid of a slight deflection.

Hall forced home from close range with four minutes to go but United's second-string are now unbeaten since January's 3-0 loss to Reading.

Newcastle United Under-21s: Jak Alnwick, Kevin Mbabu, James Tavernier, Remie Streete, Curtis Good, Lubomir Satka, Yven Moyo, Romain Amalfitano, Brandon Miele, Michael Richardson, Alex Gilliead

Subs not used: Jonathan Mitchell, Alex Nicholson, Alex Kitchen, Steven Logan, Jonathyn Quinn