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Leeds United U23 vs Newcastle United PL2 at Stadion.Core.ViewModels.Matchday.LocationViewModel

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Leeds United U23

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Newcastle United PL2

FT 25th February 2019 7:00 PM (GMT)

Nethermoor Park

English Premier League Cup

25th February 2019 7:00 PM (GMT)

Leeds United U23 3 Newcastle United PL2 1


Newcastle United under-23s were made to settle for second spot in Group H of the Premier League Cup after a 3-1 loss against their Leeds United counterparts.

Ryan Edmondson broke the deadlock for the Whites before the Magpies replied instantly through Jamie Sterry's deflected low effort.

However, Edmondson grabbed his brace in the early stages of the second half with an accurate strike before Pascal Struijk doubled Leeds' advantage on the hour mark.

Newcastle - who had already gained qualification to the last 16 before their clash with the Whites, after a 3-0 home win over Southampton - needed to avoid defeat in order to top their group but faced a Leeds side requiring a victory to progress into the knockout stages.

Kick-off was halted for ten minutes as Leeds were forced into changing from their white home kit into their green training shirts, with United wearing their light blue jerseys. 

With the match finally under way, the first key opportunity fell to the away side, with Tom Allan racing onto a through ball and rounding Will Huffer before the teenager's attempt at goal flew past the near post.

Newcastle were punished shortly afterwards, with Edmondson opening the scoring for the Whites. With Clarke Odour picking the ball up in the final third and feeding the striker in behind, the 17-year-old placed his low effort into the far corner, despite Otto Huuhtanen getting a slight hand to the attempt.

Newcastle had welcomed the return of a trio of loanees, with forward Elias Sørensen and Sterry included in the starting line-up as well as defender Liam Gibson.

And it was Sørensen and Sterry who combined for Newcastle's equaliser as a low pass from Yannick Touré into the path of the Danish forward was neatly flicked on into Sterry's path, with the defender producing a quick turn before his effort wrong-footed Huffer due to a deflection from Leif Davis.

Following the equaliser, Allan went close to putting Newcastle into the lead, with a sweet long-range effort forcing Huffer to tip the goalbound shot over his crossbar.

Huuhtanen, replacing Nathan Harker in goal, then kept Leeds at bay before the half-time whistle with two splendid saves of his own, pushing away Bryce Hosannah's strike before denying Jordan Stevens' rebound with a strong stop.

In the opening minutes of the second half, Leeds retook the lead as Matteusz Bogusz, stealing the ball from Kelland Watts following a quickly taken free-kick, fed a through ball into Edmondson who slammed his effort home to grab his brace.

As Newcastle pushed for another equaliser, the Magpies thought they had found it through Sørensen but the striker, who has netted 19 times in all competitions this term, was flagged for offside.

The Magpies were dealt a cruel blow as Leeds grabbed their third goal. As Huuhtanen clawed a dangerous corner away from goal along with a blocked shot inside a crowded penalty area, the ball fell to Struijk who slotted the rebound past a group of United defenders.

The young Magpies almost went further behind as Lewis Cass' attempted block from Stevens' whipping cross cannoned off the post with Newcastle unable to narrow the deficit in the late stages of the contest as their impressive five game unbeaten run came to a disappointing end.

Newcastle United Under-23s: Otto Huuhtanen, Jamie Sterry (c), Liam Gibson, Kelland Watts (Jack Young 61), Lewis Cass, Oisin McEntee, Tom Allan, Matthew Longstaff, Yannick Touré (Tyrique Bartlett 69), Elias Sørensen, Mo Sangare (Juanito 46).

Subs not used: Ryan Barrett, Nathan Harker.

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