- Ollie Yates
Newcastle United under-21s began their Leasing.com Trophy campaign with a narrow 2-1 defeat against League Two Macclesfield Town.
David Fitzpatrick's fierce long range strike gave Macclesfield an early lead before Luke Charman's delightful curling strike after the restart levelled the tie for the young Magpies.
However, Virgil Gomis' sweeping effort regained Macclesfield's lead at Moss Rose as Neil Redfearn's side began their Group D campaign in defeat.
The young Magpies headed into the EFL Trophy clash with added confidence following their first league win of the season last week - a 2-1 away victory against their Fulham counterparts in Premier League 2.
United forward Tom Allan returned to the starting line-up after netting a match-winning brace against the Cottagers whilst Irish defender Oisín McEntee was also selected in Neil Redfearn's starting eleven after missing the previous two league games through suspension.
And United began the game impressively, with Kyle Scott darting into the penalty area in the opening minute before the midfielder's lofted cross found Yannick Touré but the Swiss forward's headed attempt at goal was easily held by Reice Charles-Cook.
Despite the bright start, the Silkmen took the lead on the 19th minute mark as Fitzpatrick picked up the ball from distance before hitting an unstoppable long range drive which sailed beyond a helpless Jake Turner and into the top right-hand corner.
After a lack of clear-cut goalscoring opportunities, Newcastle went narrowly close to levelling the tie on the stroke of half-time as Allan delicately flicked the ball past goalkeeper Reice Charles-Cook following Owen Bailey's cleverly lofted ball over the Macclesfield backline but the teenager's effort bounced inches wide of the post.
In the second half, United's second-string began in ferocious fashion and were instantly rewarded with a terrific equalising goal from Charman.
As the Newcastle-born striker collected the ball on the edge of the penalty area, the 21-year-old brilliantly curled a wonderful effort from the edge of the penalty area which flew into the net.
But, despite United's resurgence in the early stages of the second period, the youngsters were dealt a heavy blow as Macclesfield regained the lead.
As Macclesfield defender Corey O'Keeffe sent a teasing pass from the right wing into the path of Gomis, the forward swept home a powerful effort into the far left-hand corner.
United continued their push for an equaliser in the dying stages and were unfortunate not to claim their second goal of the night as Allan's dangerous cross flew across the penalty area before finding substitute Elliot Anderson.
The under-17 Scottish international cleverly managed to turn the ball from the byline into the six-yard area but the ball was unable to find a United forward and was cleared by a relieved Macclesfield defence.
Newcastle United Under-21s: Jake Turner, Jamie Sterry, Lewis Cass, Oisín McEntee, Oliver Walters, Owen Bailey, Luke Charman, Kyle Scott (Jack Young 69), Tom Allan, Rosaire Longelo (Elliot Anderson 75), Yannick Touré (Joe White 69).
Subs not used: Dan Langley, Lucas Gamblin, Jude Swailes.