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Sunderland PL2 vs Newcastle United PL2 at Stadion.Core.ViewModels.Matchday.LocationViewModel

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Newcastle United PL2

FT 4th January 2019 1:00 PM (GMT)

Academy Of Light

Premier League 2 Division Two

4th January 2019 1:00 PM (GMT)

Sunderland U23 2 Newcastle United U23 3


Newcastle United's second string came from two goals down to earn a 3-2 victory over North East rivals Sunderland in the Tyne-Wear derby.

The Black Cats took the lead at the Academy of Light through Lee Connelly before Sunderland doubled their advantage through Jack Diamond's audacious effort from near the halfway line.

Newcastle's Tom Allan turned home Oliver Walters' cross just before the half-time break, then Elias Sørensen netted his 19th goal of the season from close range to level.

United were awarded a penalty in the late stages of the game only for Cal Roberts' spot kick to fly over the crossbar before substitute Rosaire Longelo secured three points with an emphatic finish.

It was United who created the first opportunity of the match through Sørensen. The in-form forward was teed up by Adam Wilson inside the penalty area but the low effort was saved by Sunderland's Anthony Patterson, who got down quickly to prevent the Magpies breaking the deadlock.

The miss proved to be costly one minute later, as Connelly opened the scoring for the Black Cats. After a long ball over the top, the Sunderland winger pounced on a defensive mix-up from United, beating Otto Huuhtanen to the ball before placing the it home.

As Newcastle went in search for a equaliser, their rivals doubled their advantage in dramatic style. With the ball near the centre circle, Jack Diamond's effort found the target, with a long-range lob sailing over Huuhtanen and nestling into the net.

United deservedly halved the deficit three minutes before the half-time whistle. As Walters' low cross flew across the six-yard area, Allan was on hand to poke the ball past a group of Sunderland defenders.

Newcastle completed their comeback in the second half through Sørensen. After an accurate pass from Mo Sangare found Allan inside the penalty area, the 19-year-old cleverly directed his first-time header into the path of the Danish forward, who made no mistake from close range.

The Magpies were awarded a penalty after substitute Longelo was bundled over inside the box, but Roberts was unable to convert.

Despite the miss, Longelo sealed the victory in the closing stages. After Sørensen's fierce free kick was pushed away by Patterson, the super sub was on hand to drill the rebound into the roof of the net to the delight of the United squad.

Newcastle United Under-23s: Otto Huuhtanen, Oliver Walters, Liam Gibson (Juanito 79), Matthew Longstaff, Owen Bailey (c), Kelland Watts, Tom Allan (Rosaire Longelo 65), Mo Sangare (Yannick Toure 79), Elias Sørensen, Cal Roberts, Adam Wilson

Subs not used: Dan Langley, Oisin McEntee

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