Liam Gibson


By Dan King - Newcastle United Digital Editor
At Whitley Park

Newcastle United Under-21s 0
Leicester City Under-21s 2 (Dawson, Cain)

Alan Pardew and his coaching staff were at Whitley Park on Monday night to watch an inexperienced Magpies under-21 side take on Leicester City.

But Newcastle were 1-0 down at half time to Adam Dawson's 44th minute goal and then conceded a killer second in the 83rd minute.

Football Development Manager Peter Beardsley took the United side following the departure of Willie Donachie last week and handed debuts to young defenders Liam Gibson and Callum Williams.

None of the players involved had any senior experience for Newcastle but the home side still started well as Michael Richardson's shot was blocked inside the opening two minutes.

However the Foxes recovered and after Jacob Blyth was denied by Jak Alnwick, Harry Panayiotou dragged wide before Michael Cain fired off target.

United's leading scorer at all levels, Jonathyn Quinn, came within inches of connecting with Rolando Aarons' cross then, after Michael Richardson and Jamie Sterry combined to keep play alive, Quinn's low effort was saved by Adam Smith.

Then Greg Olley was denied by a heroic block after more good work from Aarons.

Leicester began to impose themselves, however, with Blyth working space in the box but shooting wide and Cain firing over.

Alnwick made a superb reaction save from George Taft after appearing to be fouled as he came to claim a corner, then Blyth once again missed when well placed.

But with just a minute left of the half, Dawson expertly chipped home after United had given possession away in their own half.

A scrappy second period saw Sterry block from Joe Dodoo before Alnwick kept out the same player, then substitute Alex Gilliead squander United's best chance.

He took advantage of a defensive slip before losing his own footing on the uneven pitch as he scooped over the bar.

And, after a Jak McCourt free kick drifted too high, United had strong claims for a penalty when Aarons appeared to be tripped in the box but stayed on his feet and saw his shot smothered by Smith.

Rob Paratore was thwarted by another great Alnwick save and Sterry headed off the line from Kieran Kennedy's effort before, from a Newcastle corner, Leicester broke quickly and Cain tucked home the clincher.

Quinn flashed wide late on before Blyth missed another great chance but in front of a crowd of 269, the Magpies were deservedly beaten by the Foxes.

Newcastle United Under-21s: Jak Alnwick, Jamie Sterry, Lubo Satka, Callum Williams, Liam Gibson (Macauley Booth 60), Michael Richardson (c), Steven Logan (Alex Gilliead 55), Olivier Kemen, Rolando Aarons, Greg Olley, Jonathyn Quinn

Subs not used: Jonathan Mitchell, Ben Drennan, Callum Roberts

Leicester City Under-21s: Adam Smith, James Pearson (c), Callum Elder, Jak McCourt, Kieran Kennedy, George Taft, Adam Dawson (Rob Paratore 76), Michael Cain (Ben Frampeh 87), Jacob Blyth, Harry Panayiotou, Joe Dodoo (Marcel Barrington 70)

Subs not used: Luke Simpson, Jamie Anton