Alex Gilliead

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Manchester City Under-21s 1 (Pozo)
Newcastle United Under-21s 2 (Gilliead, Amalfitano)

Romain Amalfitano's second goal in in eight days gave Newcastle an impressive Barclays Under-21 Premier League victory at Manchester City.

The Frenchman scored a late penalty at Bolton to earn his side a 1-1 draw last week and this time his 87th minute strike proved decisive at Hyde United's Ewen Fields ground as Willie Donachie and Peter Beardsley's team extended their unbeaten run to eight games.

Alex Gilliead had earlier scored his first second-string goal to cancel out Jose Angel Pozo's 18th-minute opener for the hosts.

Gabriel Obertan started for Newcastle and played the whole game, and his cross was almost forced home by England under-17 international Gilliead before Spanish teenager Pozo curled home.

Alex Nicholson and substitute Jonathyn Quinn both came close before, in the 77th minute, Gilliead equalised.

Obertan was the provider after a slick United move involving Kevin Mbabu and Amalfitano led to the former Manchester United man's shot being well parried by Ian Lawlor, only for Gilliead to sweep home the rebound.

Then with three minutes left, Amalfitano weaved past four challenges before firing home from inside the box.

Manchester City Under-21s: Ian Lawlor, Shay Facey, Greg Leigh, Dedryk Boyata, Ellis Plummer, Emyr Huws, Albert Rusnak, Denis Suarez, Marcos Lopes (Olivier Ntcham 75mins), John Guidetti, Jose Angel Pozo (Sinan Bytyqi 85mins)

Subs not used: Angus Gunn, Vladut Marin, Mathias Bossaerts

Newcastle United Under-21s: Jak Alnwick, Alex Nicholson, Lubo Satka, Kevin Mbabu, Yven Moyo, Alex Gilliead, Steven Logan (Rolando Aarons 62), Brandon Miele (Jonathyn Quinn 57), Gabriel Obertan, Romain Amalfitano, Michael Richardson

Subs not used: Jonathan Mitchell, Alex Kitchen