Newcastle United U23s 1 West Ham United U23s 2
- Simon Mather
Newcastle United Under-23s suffered a 2-1 defeat against their West Ham counterparts in Saturday's Premier League 2 division two clash at Whitley Park.
The young Magpies took an early lead through Jamie Sterry's opener before Joe Powell's equaliser and Oisín McEntee's unfortunate own goal before half-time sealed the Hammer's victory, with United's youngsters forced to play the latter stages of the contest with ten men, following McEntee's red card.
Before the division two meeting, Magpies forward Elias Sørensen and defender Kell Watts completed season-long loan moves to Carlisle United and Stevenage respectively, resulting in four changes to the side which suffered a heavy 6-0 defeat at Reading on Monday, with Sterry, Rosaire Longelo, Luke Charman and Jack Young all included in the starting eleven.
The home side ought to have taken an earlier lead as Victor Fernández evaded the challenge from a group of West Ham defenders before the Spaniard's fierce drive towards goal struck the base of the right-hand post.
However, United took an eighth minute lead as Sterry latched onto Charman's blocked attempt before the right-back, situated on the right-hand side of the box, drove his low effort into the left-hand corner.
The Hammers thought they had levelled the clash as West Ham forward Oladapo Afolayan's fierce strike was spilled by Turner into the path of Dan Kemp who tucked the rebound home but the midfielder's strike was ruled out for offside.
However, the away side were back on level terms in the 35th minute as Nathan Holland's near-post corner flew past the six-yard area towards the back post, with Powell situated at the far stick to apply a side-footed finish beyond Turner.
Newcastle fell behind minutes before the half-time break as an lofted ball into the penalty area caused a defensive mix-up between Turner and McEntee, with the latter prodding the ball past his own goalkeeper.
Newcastle continued their push for an equaliser of their own in the second half and Charman, leading the front line, saw a low shot pushed away by Hammers 'keeper Joseph Anang, who got down smartly to turn away the captain's strike.
Anang was on hand to deny Young in the latter stages, as the midfielder's placed effort from the edge of the penalty area was parried away from danger.
With United pushing for their first points of their league campaign, McEntee's afternoon worsened as the Irish centre-back received a straight red card for an incident off the ball involving striker Afolayan in the final minutes of the league encounter.
Young's powerful strike flew narrowly over the crossbar before another attempt from Charman, heading towards the bottom left-hand corner, required Anang into tipping the ball around the post and preserve the Hammer's three points.
Newcastle United Under-23s: Jake Turner, Jamie Sterry, Lewis Cass, Oisín McEntee, Oliver Walters, Mo Sangare (Joe White 65), Kyle Scott, Rosaire Longelo (Ryan Barrett 75), Jack Young, Victor Fernández (Yannick Touré 65), Luke Charman.
Subs not used: Dan Langley, Jude Swailes.