Port Vale 2-1 Newcastle United Under-21s
Newcastle United under-21s suffered a late 2-1 defeat to Port Vale as their Leasing.com Trophy campaign came to a disappointing end.
Mark Cullen's finish five minutes before half time gave the Valiants a slender lead before Elliot Anderson's header, his first goal at second-string drew the young Magpies level.
However, another late finish from Cullen sealed the win for the home side to condemn United's youngsters to a narrow defeat at Vale Park.
The young Magpies were unable to progress into the knockout stages of the competition following defeats to Macclesfield Town and Shrewsbury Town while Port Vale had already secured qualification prior to the Northern Group D clash.
It was the visitors who made the brightest start as a neat pass from Kyle Scott was sent into the path of Anderson but the 17-year-old's strike towards goal required a last-ditch block from Kieran Kennedy.
United midfielder Jack Young went close with a low goal bound strike, which forced goalkeeper Jonny Maddison, who played for Darlington last season, into pushing the ball away before the loose ball was cleared to safety.
The League Two outfit grew into the game as forward Jordan Archer steered a header wide from a corner and Cullen drills a wild effort over the crossbar.
However, the home side took the lead in the 40th minute as Archer capitalised on a defensive error before his effort of goal was blocked by Turner but the ball fell into the path of Cullen, who bundled the ball home from close range.
In the second half, United almost fell further behind in the opening stages as Rhys Brown raced onto a through ball before his first time effort struck the underside of the crossbar but the home side were left outraged after thinking the ball had crossed the line.
And, in the 51st minute, United were back on level terms as Anderson, who signed his first professional contract with the Magpies last week, scored his first goal at second-string level.
After Jamie Sterry's accurate cross swung into the penalty area, Anderson - a Scotland under-18 international - directed his header beyond Maddison from inside the penalty area.
Turner produced a strong stop to keep United level shortly after United's equaliserafter Trickett Smith's powerful header was cleevrly tipped over the crossbar.
Sterry then almost turned from provider to goalscorer as the right back's audacious effort from distance required Maddison to push away the attempt.
Despite United pushing for a late winner, they were dealt a difficult blow as Cullen netted his second goal of the game in the 87th minute. Following a through ball from substitute Jake Taylor, Cullen pulled past the United backline before rounding Turner and placing the ball into an empty net.
Newcastle United Under-21s: Jake Turner, Jamie Sterry, Lewis Cass, Ludwig Francillette, Oliver Walters, Jack Young, Mo Sangare, Tom Allan, Kyle Scott (Rosaire Longelo 66), Elliot Anderson (Josh Scott 84), Luke Charman.
Subs not used: Victor Fernández, Adam Wilson, Dan Langley, Lucas Gamblin, Kain Reed.