Fulham PL2 1 Newcastle United PL2 2
- Savvas Yianni
Newcastle United's second-string earned a first win of their Premier League 2 campaign after coming from behind to earn a 2-1 win against ten-man Fulham.
Substitute Tom Allan's second half brace earned the young Magpies maximum points after Fulham's Sonny Hilton opened the scoring at Motspur Park with a close-range finish.
The Cottagers were reduced to ten men after Jerome Opoku's sending off on the stroke of half-time before Allan made an instant impact after scoring from the penalty spot.
Fulham's Ryan De Havilland saw his penalty strike the crossbar before Allan sealed the win with a low drive in the closing stages at Motspur Park.
Neil Redfearn made two changes to the side which suffered a 4-0 home loss against Manchester United last week with under-23 captain, Owen Bailey, returning from a two-game suspension and winger Rosaire Longelo coming in for Victor Fernández.
After bright spells of possession from both sides in the opening stages of the contest, the hosts opened the scoring after 20 minutes.
Fulham forward Martell Taylor-Croasdale, who made his first team debut during the Cottagers' Carabao Cup defeat to Southampton on Tuesday, powered beyond the United defence before squaring the ball into the path of Hilton, who made no mistake from close range in slotting the ball beyond Jake Turner.
With half-time approaching, Fulham were reduced to ten men as centre back Jerome Opoku received a second bookable offence towards the latter stages of the first half.
The defender, who was booked earlier in the division two clash, received his marching orders after a deliberate handball which halted United's attack.
In the second half, coach Neil Redfearn introduced Allan from the bench for the second half and the substitution paid off within the space of five minutes.
After Timmy Abraham committed a foul inside the penalty area, Allan made no mistake from 12 yards and converted his spot kick past Luca Ashby-Hammond to mark an immediate impact on the division two clash.
However, despite their numerical disadvantage, ten-man Fulham were awarded a penalty of their own but failed to regain their lead as De Havilland smashed his attempt off the crossbar to the delight of the United squad.
And, in the 78th minute, Allan made the home side pay for their error by sending United into the lead after the teenage forward broke through the Fulham backline before firing a fierce low strike past Luca Ashby-Hammond to complete a memorable afternoon for the Newcastle-born youngster.
Newcastle United Under-23s: Jake Turner; Jamie Sterry, Lewis Cass, Owen Bailey, Oliver Walters; Jack Young (Tom Allan 46), Mo Sangare, Kyle Scott, Rosaire Longelo; Luke Charman, Yannick Touré (Joe White 80).
Subs not used: Dan Langley, Jude Swailes, Elliot Anderson.