- Steven Copeland
Newcastle United Under-23s suffered a 3-2 defeat against their Aston Villa counterparts in Premier League 2 at Villa Park.
Tyreik Wright opened the scoring for Villa in the division two meeting with a neat finish before Luke Charman levelled for the young Magpies with a powerful header from Jack Young's corner.
Jacob Ramsey's strike on the stroke of half time restored Villa's advantage before Charman's second half header from another set piece saw United draw level once again but, in the dying stages, Villa substitute Michael Tait netted the winner to condemn United to defeat.
Florian Lejeune played for 70 minutes of United's Premier League 2 clash at Villa Park as the French defender continued his recovery from an anterior cruciate ligament injury sustained in April.
And it was Lejeune who created the first attacking opportunity as the centre-back was allowed time and space to fire an audacious effort from distance but Orjan Nyland, a Norway international, comfortably held the long-range strike.
United's Dan Langley proved to be the busier of the two goalkeepers, with the teenager producing two strong stops to deny Wright. After bursting in behind the Newcastle defence, the Irish forward saw his effort blocked by Langley, who kept out the one-on-one effort with his leg.
Langley was then on hand shortly afterwards to push away Wright's close range strike before quickly smothering the loose ball.
However, in the 23rd minute, the 18-year-old shot-stopper was unable to prevent the Villa forward on a third succession as Ben Guy's cross into the penalty area found Wright, who cleverly lifted the ball over Langley.
Newcastle's second-string almost responded in quick fashion but Tom Allan's effort towards goal after darting into the penalty area was blocked by Nyland's left foot.
In the 40th minute, United were back on level terms as Jack Young's corner found Charman, who arrived unmarked at the back post before heading the ball beyond Nyland.
However, the hosts still had time to restore their lead before the half time whistle as Ramsey raced onto Jack Clarke's through ball before placing his strike into the left hand corner of the net.
In the second half, Charman saw an effort ruled out for offside as the Newcastle-born striker managed to divert Young's free kick into the net, only for referee Steven Copeland to disallow the effort.
However, the forward was not to be denied minutes later as he grabbed his six goal in his last nine matches in all competitions. After Allan's inviting free kick from the right flank was lifted into the penalty area, the forward rose high once again and directed a fierce header past Nyland.
Shortly after Newcastle's equaliser, Langley assured United kept on level terms after denying Indiana Vassilev with a strong stop before Cameron Archer saw his rebound smashed wide of the target.
With both sides pushing for a winner, Allan saw his fizzing effort from outside the penalty area kept out by Nyland.
In the 90th minute, United were dealt a difficult blow as Villa added a third. After a dangerous cross from Wright fell into the path of Colin Odutayo, the substitute failed to connect with the ball but allowed Tait to fire the loose ball into the net.
Newcastle United Under-23s: Dan Langley, Oisín McEntee, Oliver Walters, Mo Sangare, Florian Lejeune (Josh Scott 71), Ludwig Francillette, Kain Reed (Dylan Stephenson 76), Jack Young, Luke Charman, Kyle Scott (Elliot Anderson 84), Tom Allan.
Subs not used: Joe White, Jake Turner.