Newcastle United under-23s' hopes of qualification into the Premier League International Cup quarter-finals came to an end following a 3-2 loss against Blackburn Rovers.
Two goals in quick succession gave United an early mountain to climb after John Buckley's tap-in was shortly followed by Harry Chapman's low drive.
However, Tom Allan's penalty halved the deficit before the forward netted a wonderful long range strike in the second half but Buckley's late finish secured maximum points for Rovers and prevented the young Magpies from qualifying into the quarter-final stages.
Ben Dawson's side knew anything other than a victory would result in United's exit at the group stages but were boosted by the return of striker Elias Sørensen following an early recall from League Two side Carlisle United.
It was the visitors who began the brightest, with United goalkeeper Jake Turner forced into action during the early stages of the Group C clash.
The former England under-19 international produced a vital stop to deny Buckley after the forward was given time and space to fire a shot at goal but Turner, alert to the danger, kept out the fizzing effort with his body.
However, Buckley opened the scoring in the 13th minute as Chapman advanced towards the byline before his low cross found the forward inside the six-yard area, who calmly slotted the ball into the net.
Three minutes later, Blackburn extended their lead further as Chapman turned from provider to goalscorer. After a patient possession of play from Rovers, Richie Smallwood teed up Chapman, who placed a first time past the diving Turner.
Despite a dominating spell from the away side, Newcastle were handed a lifeline as they were rewarded a penalty kick. As Rosaire Longelo was bundled over inside the area, Allan stepped up to net his tenth goal of the season in all competition - five of which had came from 12 yards.
In the second half, United got off to an electric start as Allan netted a tremendous equaliser for United. The Newcastle-born forward let fly from 30 yards and arrowed a vicious strike into the top corner to the delight of his team-mates.
Despite the strong attacking threat from Newcastle in the final 45 minutes, the hosts were dealt a negative blow as Blackburn retook the lead in the 75th minute.
After Chapman's dangerous cross found Buckley at the back post, the 20-year-old slotted the ball into the far corner to net his second goal of the evening.
Allan thought he had netted his hat-trick in the dying stages after latching onto a loose ball inside the box and hammering the ball into the net but the linesman had raised his flag, believe the 20-year-old had strayed into an offside position.
Newcastle United Under-23s: Jake Turner, Ryan Barrett, Lewis Cass, Oisín McEntee, Oliver Walters, Jack Young, Mo Sangare, Tom Allan (c), Victor Fernández, Rosaire Longelo, Elias Sørensen (Yannick Touré 71).
Subs not used: Ludwig Francillette, Dan Langley, Lucas Gamblin, Lucas De Bolle, Elliot Anderson.