Kevin Mbabu

By Dan King - Newcastle United Digital Editor

Newcastle United Under-21s 3 (Gillesphey, Armstrong, Gosling)
Wolverhampton Wanderers Under-21s 1 (Antelmi)

Teenage pair Macaulay Gillesphey and Adam Armstrong both scored on their first appearances at St. James' Park as Newcastle began their Barclays Under-21 Premier League home campaign with a win over Wolves.

Marauding left-back Gillesphey had cancelled out trialist Patrick Antelmi's opener for the visitors with his debut strike at second-string level while for England under-16 ace Armstrong it was a second in two under-21 starts.

He had scored on his bow for Willie Donachie and Peter Beardsley's side at Reading last Monday and Dan Gosling's goal in the final minute sealed the victory for United.

With Gosling skippering a side also featuring Gael Bigirimana and Haris Vuckic, John Carver and Steve Stone were both in attendance and saw Vuckic have the game's first chance with a stinging drive which Jon Flatt did well to tip over the bar.

Then the Slovenian youngster saw his shot deflected into the keeper's arms in the 17th minute. Antelmi sent a speculative effort way off target before Gosling saw a goalbound shot blocked.

Then at the other end, Jamie O'Hara's powerful strike was tipped around the post by Jak Alnwick - but the visitors scored from the resulting corner. Alnwick failed to deal with the delivery and Antelmi was there to force home from close range.

United's Alex Gilliead saw a 31st minute effort deflected wide then Bigirimana dragged narrowly the wrong side of goal. And as Newcastle continued to press for an equaliser, Jamie Tank threw himself in the way of Gosling's shot then George Margreitter got in the way of Curtis Good's strike.

But Gillesphey, who had already curled over, showed good composure to bring the ball down and slot past Flatt six minutes before the break.

They nearly took the lead when Gosling and Vuckic combined cleverly but Armstrong headed over the bar then in the 44th minute, Vuckic cut inside and unleashed a 30 yard piledriver which crashed off the bar.

But in stoppage time, Armstrong raced onto Kevin Mbabu's pass to put his side in front.

In the second period, Vuckic's strong run ended in a shot which flashed just past the far post then his replacement, Steven Logan, saw an effort deflected wide.

Just past the hour mark, Alnwick made a fine save with his feet to deny David Moli but that was a rare attack for the visitors as heavy rain began to affect the match.

In the 87th minute, Tom Heardman cut inside and saw Flatt push his low drive away but in front of a crowd of 584, Gosling added a third when Jonathyn Quinn's pass was touched on by Heardman for Gosling to tuck the ball into the Gallowgate net.

Newcastle United Under-21s: Jak Alnwick, Kevin Mbabu, Curtis Good, Remie Streete, Macaulay Gillesphey (Jonathyn Quinn 46), Lubo Satka, Gael Bigirimana, Dan Gosling, Adam Armstrong, Haris Vuckic (Steven Logan 55), Alex Gilliead (Tom Heardman 74)

Subs not used: Lewis Aird, Macauley Booth

Wolverhampton Wanderers Under-21s: Jon Flatt, Michael Ihiekwe, Jordan Cranston, Jamie O'Hara, Jamie Tank (Kristian Kostrna 71), George Margreitter, Anthony Forde, Tim Jakobsson (David Moli 57), Patrick Antelmi, Sam Whittall, Robbie Parry

Subs not used: Harry Bourgouyne, Dominic Iorfa