- Andrew Kitchen
Newcastle United Under-23s suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat against Reading in their Premier League 2 division two clash at Whitley Park.
Michael Olise's second half strike was the difference at Whitley Park after Tom Allan had struck the post for United in the opening 45 minutes.
Oisín McEntee almost levelled the scoreline late on for the young Magpies but the Newcastle defender's impressive header was ruled out for offside.
The young Magpies headed into the clash aiming to extend their unbeaten run to four matches in all competitions, knowing a win at Whitley Park would see the young Magpies leapfrog the Royals in division two.
It was the visitors who almost took an early lead as Josh Barrett's dangerous corner found Adam Liddle inside the penalty area but the forward could only divert his header over the crossbar.
Goalkeeper Jake Turner - an England under-19 international - was alert to the danger as the 20-year-old kept out Liddle's close-range header after an accurate cross into the box by Teddy Howe.
Tom McIntyre saw his effort flash wide of Turner's left-hand post before Howe struck a low strike beyond the far post after neat build-up play from the visitors.
The greatest goalscoring opportunity of the first half fell to Newcastle as Allan, captaining United's second-string, was played through by under-23s debutant Lucas De Bolle but the striker's placed effort clipped off the post, denying the teenager an eighth goal of the campaign in all competitions.
However, the loose ball was picked up on the byline by Allan but, after teeing up Rosaire Longelo, the winger was unable to keep his fierce attempt on target as the ball flew over the crossbar.
Turner was on hand to prevent the Royals taking the lead before the half time whistle with a strong save to deny Josh Barrett as the forward's audacious attempt was beaten away by the former Bolton Wanderers shot-stopper.
In the second half, Reading took the lead in the 50th minute as Olise picked the ball up before driving towards the United defence and firing a low strike into far corner.
Reading almost doubled their advantage minutes later as intricate build-up play from the Royals resulted in Imari Samuels testing Turner with a venomous drive, requiring the Newcastle to push the strike away from safety.
Lewis Cass almost got United on level terms as Jack Young's in-swinging corner found the defender at the back post but his first time effort was kept out by Reading 'keeper Coniah Boyce-Clarke.
With the division two encounter approaching its final stages, Newcastle thought they had rescued a point as Oisín McEntee headed the ball into the net following Jamie Sterry's accurate cross. However, the Irishman's effort was ruled out as the teenage defender was adjudged to be in an offside position.
Newcastle United Under-23s: Jake Turner, Jamie Sterry, Oisín McEntee, Ludwig Francillette, Lewis Cass, Jack Young, Mo Sangare, Rosaire Longelo (Yannick Touré 77), Lucas De Bolle (Ryan Barrett 60), Victor Fernández (Adam Wilson 69), Tom Allan (c).
Subs not used: Oliver Walters, Dan Langley.