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Newcastle United PL2 vs Wolverhampton Wanderers PL2 at Stadion.Core.ViewModels.Matchday.LocationViewModel

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Newcastle United PL2

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Wolverhampton Wanderers PL2

FT 23rd March 2019 12:00 PM (GMT)

Northumberland FA

Premier League 2 Division Two

Referee : David Richardson

23rd March 2019 12:00 PM (GMT)

Newcastle United U23 2-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers U23

David Richardson

Two goals in the opening seven minutes from Newcastle United Under-23s ensured an important 2-0 victory over their Wolves counterparts in Premier League 2.

Tyrique Bartlett opened the scoring after 40 seconds before Cam John's own goal doubled Newcastle's lead after seven minutes.
The victory sends United's youngsters into third place, who narrow the gap to the league leaders to three points, keeping their play-off hopes firmly on course.
With both teams fighting for promotion to Division One, it was Newcastle who began the quickest, breaking the deadlock in tremendous fashion.
After a fast start with a multiple of intricate passes, United winger Rosaire Longelo picked up a pass on the right wing before sending a teasing ball from the byline into the path of Bartlett. 
Without hesitation, the South African forward - son of former Premier League striker Shaun Bartlett - unleashed a fierce first-time strike which flew beyond Wolves goalkeeper Andreas Sondergaard to mark a rapid start for the Magpies. 
Six minutes later, the home side extended their lead as left-back Oliver Walters sent a dangerous low cross into the path of Jamie Sterry.
The right-back - searching for his third consecutive goal with the under-23s after Premier League Cup strikes against Leeds and Reading - was unable to connect with the cross but the ball fortunately bounced off John, with the Wolves defender turning the cross into his own net.
Goalkeeper Nathan Harker was on hand to maintain United's two goal advantage as the 20-year-old produced a strong stop with his shoulder to deny Pedro Goncalves, who had latched onto a free ball inside the penalty area.
Newcastle were let off the hook towards the end of the first half, with captain Owen Bailey's pass intercepted by Niall Ennis before the striker's lofted shot landed over the crossbar.
In the second half, the visitors continued to push for a goal but the United defence held firm, with Ellis' half-volley crucially blocked by Kelland Watts following a corner.
The league leaders were unable to threaten the United back line and, in a second half which included a lack of clear-cut opportunities, the home side went inches away from putting the game out of reach in the latter stages of the contest.
As Tom Allan's swinging cross from the left wing took a deflection from John, Sondegaard spared the defender's blushes by tipping the ball onto the crossbar to avoid the centre back netting a second own goal.
Newcastle United Under-23s: Nathan Harker, Jamie Sterry, Oliver Walters, Kelland Watts, Lewis Cass, Owen Bailey (c), Tom Allan, Jack Young, Tyrique Bartlett (Ryan Barrett 60), Matthew Longstaff, Rosaire Longelo (Kain Reed 80).
Subs not used: Otto Huuhtanen, George Rounsfell, Adam Wilson. 

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