- Andrew Miller
Newcastle United Under-23s came from behind twice to claim an impressive 4-2 victory against their Stoke City counterparts.
Tre Pemberton's solo finish opened the scoring for the Potters at Whitley Park before the young Magpies responded through Adam Wilson's low finish.
William Forrester's header restored the Potters' lead at the break but second half strikes from Elliot Anderson and Rosaire Longelo - either side of Tom Allan's penalty - secured a spirited fightback for the young Magpies.
Both division two encounters ended in five-goal thrillers last term, with the young Magpies coming from behind on both occasions to win 3-2.
And it was the visitors took the lead in the 11th minute as Pemberton picked up the ball on the right wing before advancing beyond a group of United defenders and firing a scuffed effort beyond goalkeeper Jake Turner which trickled over the goal line.
The hosts responded, though, as Wilson - coming back from a thigh injury which had left the forward sidelined for 10 months - scored the equaliser in the 23rd minute.
After picking the ball up on the left hand side of the penalty area, the 19-year-old fired a fierce low effort at goal which flew past Blondy Nna Noukeu's front post.
Newcastle almost took the lead on the half hour mark as Tom Allan - captaining United's second-string for the evening - saw a close range effort saved by the feet of Nna Noukeu as Wilson's first time cross found the forward at the back post.
Two minutes later, Stoke regained their advantage as Ryan Corrigan's dangerous corner found Forrester at the back post, allowing the defender to powerfully nod the ball home.
In the second half, United maintained their persistence in front of goal as Elliot Anderson tested Nna Noukeu with teasing strike towards goal but the Belgian shot stopper comfortably held the attempt.
However, Anderson was not to be denied in the 61st minute as the Scotland under-18 international levelled the clash. After a strong spell of possession from the hosts, Newcastle were rewarded as Anderson produced a fine touch to evade a Stoke defender before placing the ball into the far corner.
In the 77th minute, Newcastle were then awarded a penalty as substitute Rosaire Longelo, causing havoc on the left wing, was tripped inside the penalty area by Forrester.
Allan dispatched the resulting spot kick, calmly firing the ball down the middle to put the young Magpies ahead on a wet and miserable evening on Tyneside.
In stoppage time, Longelo wrapped up the victory for Newcastle as the teenage forward surged into the penalty area after picking up a loose ball on the edge of the box before slotting the ball beyond Nna Noukeu.
Newcastle United Under-23s: Jake Turner, Lewis Cass, Oisín McEntee, Ludwig Francillette, Oliver Walters, Jamie Sterry, Jack Young (Yannick Touré 83), Elliot Anderson, Adam Wilson (Rosaire Longelo 46), Victor Fernández (Mo Sangare 46), Tom Allan (c).
Subs not used: Ryan Barrett, Dan Langley.