By Dan King - Newcastle United Digital Editor
Newcastle United Under-21s 4 (Quinn 2, Heardman, Streete)
Spennymoor Town 3 (Ryan, White, Moore)
Jonathyn Quinn scored twice as Newcastle's under-21 side beat FA Vase holders Spennymoor in a behind-closed-doors thriller at the Magpies' Little Benton Academy.
While Shola Ameobi has been the first-team's talisman so far this summer, 17-year-old Quinn has been the second-string's main man in front of goal and took his tally to three with his double.
In what is scheduled to be United's final friendly before their Barclays Under-21 Premier League campaign kicks off at Reading, Willie Donachie and Peter Beardsley fielded a young side including new boy Olivier Kemen and defender Remie Streete.
Steven Logan was fouled and Adam Armstrong's right-wing free-kick was forced home by Quinn, and the black and whites continued to press as Jamie Sterry and Alex Gilliead both came close before the second goal came.
Lewis Aird did superbly to get in an inch-perfect left-wing cross on the run and big Tom Heardman flew through the air to send a diving header past Kyle Hayes.
Having seen a shot tipped over following Gilliead's cut-back England under-16 international Armstrong, fresh from shining at the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland last week, then claimed his second assist of the night with a dangerous delivery from the right which skipper Streete was on hand to bundle home.
At the beginning of the second half Spennymoor, who were runners-up in the Northern League First Division last season behind a rampant Darlington, were twice denied by goal-line clearances as first Macauley Booth and then Macaulay Gillesphey came to the home side's rescue.
But Leon Ryan headed past Jonathan Mitchell to give the visitors hope, then Alex White pulled another back with a shot which clipped the woodwork on its way in.
Quinn looked to have made the game safe as he beat the offside trap and cooly slotted beyond substitute keeper Peter Jeffries to make it 4-2, and only a fine double-save from Jeffries to keep out Daniel Barlaser and then Lubo Satka prevented the Magpies from adding a fifth.
But in the final minute, Daniel Moore made it a nervous end to the game for Donachie and his players.
Newcastle United Under-21s: Jonathan Mitchell, Jamie Sterry (Macauley Booth 52), Lubo Satka, Remie Streete (Jamie Cobain 62), Lewis Aird (Kyle Cameron 60), Alex Gilliead (Daniel Barlaser 54), Steven Logan (Macaulay Gillesphey 60), Olivier Kemen (Jordan Storey 60), Jonathyn Quinn, Adam Armstrong (Liam Smith 52), Tom Heardman
Sub not used: Freddie Woodman