Newcastle United Under-23s 2 Sunderland Under-23s 0
- David Richardson
Newcastle United Under-23s came out on top in the Tyne-Wear derby following a 2-0 victory against Sunderland in Premier League 2.
Tom Allan's strike inside two minutes gave the hosts a dream start in their division two clash before Yannick Touré's second half header secured the win over their local rivals in front of 1,644 spectators at St. James' Park.
Both sides were reduced to ten men in the final stages of the encounter when United forward Elias Sørensen and Jack Bainbridge were both sent off following a heated altercation between the pair.
The young Magpies headed into the Premier League 2 clash aiming to secure a third successive win in all competitions for the first time since April.
Ben Dawson made one change to the side which achieved a 1-0 away win at West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League Cup on Monday, with defender Jamie Sterry named in the starting line up ahead of Lewis Cass.
It was a perfect start for United's second-string as Allan grabbed his 14th goal of the season. After Rosaire Longelo advanced beyond right-back Bali Mumba, the winger's cross found Touré inside the penalty area before the striker's touch fell kindly into Allan's path, who poked the ball home in front of the Gallowgate End.
Sunderland, winless in their 17 division two fixtures, almost found themselves on level terms as the defender was allowed space to run forward before his low drive towards goal was comfortably held by Newcastle shot-stopper Jake Turner.
The Black Cats' best goalscoring opportunity fell to Tyler Frost as the forward beat the offside trap before racing through on goal but could only drag his low effort wide of the far post.
Touré took his turn in front of goal as the Swiss striker turned past Bainbridge but his low shot at goal was comfortably held by Patterson.
Oliver Walters was withdrawn before the half-time whistle after the left-back collided with Joe Hugill, who attempted to complete a dangerous attack for the visitors which was cancelled out bravely by the United skipper.
In the second half, Turner produced a strong one-handed stop to preserve United's lead, diving to his right to turn away Stan Asonutha's goal bound effort from danger.
Newcastle made their dictation of possession count in the 72nd minute as Touré doubled their advantage. After Longelo's in-swinging corner sailed into a crowded penalty area, Touré reacted quickest to cleverly glance his header into the far corner.
The Swiss under-20 international almost doubled his tally a minute later after racing onto a delightful through ball by Allan and cutting inside before curling the ball narrowly over the crossbar.
Sørensen almost added gloss to the scoreline as the Dane - who has represented Denmark at under-21 level - was unable to turn the ball home from Jamie Sterry's teasing cross as the ball was steered wide of the target.
With stoppage time approaching, the game ended in sour fashion with two red cards. After a firm challenge from Bainbridge, Sørensen reacted by pushing the Sunderland centre-back firmly in the chest before the pair squared up to each other, leaving referee David Richardson no other choice than to send off both.
The three points elevates Ben Dawson's side in seventh place on 22 points - one adrift of the final play-off spot which is occupied by Middlesbrough, who the young Magpies next face in Premier League 2 in a fortnight's time at Heritage Park.
Newcastle United Under-23s: Jake Turner, Jamie Sterry, Oisín McEntee, Liam Gibson (Adam Wilson 62), Oliver Walters (Lewis Cass 43), Jack Young, Elliot Anderson, Tom Allan, Rosaire Longelo, Elias Sørensen, Yannick Touré (Victor Fernández 80).
Subs not used: Nathan Harker, Mo Sangare.