- Michael Burrows
Newcastle United Under-23s suffered a stoppage-time defeat against their Swansea City counterparts in Premier League 2.
With the game heading for a goalless draw at St. James' Park, Oli Cooper's last-gasp header sealed maximum points for the visitors on a wet evening in Tyneside.
Neil Redfearn's side were searching for back-to-back home victories and a return to winning ways after suffering a late 2-1 defeat against their West Bromwich Albion counterparts.
However, it was the visitors who created the first key goalscoring opportunity as Kieran Evans was allowed time and space in the penalty area to fire a shot towards Dan Langley's goal, with United defender Lewis Cass producing a timely block to deny the attacker.
After early pressure from the Swans, United grew into the game as Luke Charman went narrowly close to breaking the deadlock, heading wide from close range following Rosaire Longelo's teasing cross into the striker's path.
Newcastle midfielder Jack Young took his turn in front of goal as the teenage midfielder drilled a fierce effort from the edge of the penalty area towards goal, forcing the alert Swansea goalkeeper Josh Gould into pushing the low drive away.
The chances kept coming for the home side as the dangerous Charman sent a vicious low pass across the six-yard area, with the incoming Tom Allan unable to apply the important finishing touch.
Langley, making a maiden appearance at St. James' Park, produced a vital stop to keep United's youngsters on level terms, blocking Cooper's strike in front of the Gallowgate End with his leg.
United left back Oliver Walters almost gave the young Magpies the lead before the half time whistle as the Newcastle-born teenager's strike was importantly deflected by Swans skipper Jack Evans before flying inches over the crossbar.
In the second half, it looked as if Newcastle were fortunate to maintain their clean sheet as Liam Cullen blazed his volley over the crossbar after Matthew Blake's accurate cross from the left wing found the forward in a glorious position.
The home side continued their surge for the all-important breakthrough as Charman could only faintly connect with Jamie Sterry's dangerous free kick, with the forward glancing his header past the far post.
Young went even closer as his free kick from the edge of the penalty area flew over the Swansea wall but Gould was alert in goal and pushed the ball away to safety.
United were then dealt a harsh blow in the dying stages as Blake delivered his free kick into the penalty area, allowing Cooper to direct his header towards goal which crashed off the underside of the bar and past Langley, robbing the Magpies of their first clean sheet of the season.
Newcastle United Under-23s: Dan Langley, Jamie Sterry, Oliver Walters, Mo Sangare, Lewis Cass, Owen Bailey (c), Tom Allan (Oisín McEntee 79), Jack Young, Luke Charman, Kyle Scott (Elliot Anderson 62), Rosaire Longelo (Joe White 85).
Subs not used: Jake Turner, Ludwig Francillette.