Dan Gosling

By Dan King - Newcastle United Digital Editor

Newcastle United Under-21s 1 (Armstrong)
Everton Under-21s 1 (Hope)

Adam Armstrong's fourth goal in four Barclays Under-21 Premier League matches gave Newcastle a deserved lead at St. James' Park - but Everton never lost Hope.

Hallam Hope's 70th minute equaliser gave the Toffees a share of the spoils in an open affair under the floodlights as Alan Pardew watched from the stands.

Willie Donachie and Peter Beardsley named a strong side including seven players with top flight experience and, once Christopher Long forced a good save from Jak Alnwick after five minutes, it was one way traffic for the opening 45 minutes.

James Tavernier flashed an effort just wide before Gael Bigirimana had a piledriver parried, then Paul Dummett's cross was headed just over by Dan Gosling.

Left-back Dummett looked hungry for a goal and after glancing narrowly wide, he saw a shot from outside the box go just the wrong side of the post.

Adam Campbell shot too close to Mateusz Tandul, then the goalkeeper kept out a 22 yard strike from Haris Vuckic and Gosling headed wide.

The ex-Everton man, captain for the night, sent an effort too close to the keeper then in the 27th minute, Campbell looked certain to score but saw Jon Kenny miraculously clear off the line.

Armstrong blazed over on the stretch as he looked to add to his impressive tally at this level then in the 40th minute, after Sammy Ameobi's cross was half-cleared, Campbell fired over.

On the stroke of half-time, Bigirimana's free kick drifted just wide but in stoppage time came Armstrong's intervention - a fine drive from 22 yards after good work from Vuckic and Campbell.

Hope curled just over at the start of the second half before Bigirimana saw an effort pushed away and Vuckic volleyed over after controlling Bigirimana's ball over the top.

But after good work on the right from Long, Hope bundled the ball home to level.

Moments later, Ameobi chipped the ball against the outside of the post then Campbell struck the bar from close range. However in front of 642 supporters, United couldn't find a winner.

Newcastle United Under-21s: Jak Alnwick, James Tavernier, Lubo Satka, Macaulay Gillesphey, Paul Dummett, Gael Bigirimana, Dan Gosling, Haris Vuckic (Rolando Aarons 84), Sammy Ameobi, Adam Armstrong, Adam Campbell

Subs not used: Jonathan Mitchell, Alex Gilliead, Jonathyn Quinn, Tom Heardman

Everton Under-21s: Mateusz Taudul, Jon Kenny, Ibou Touray, Tyias Browning, Matthew Pennington, Matthew Kennedy (George Green 85), Conor Grant, John Lundstram, Hallam Hope, Christopher Long, Ryan Ledson (Gethin Jones 65)

Subs not used: Mason Springthorpe, Courtney Duffus, Ben McLaughlin