Sunderland Under-23s 0 Newcastle United Under-23s 2
- James Bell
Newcastle United Under-23s sealed a comfortable 2-0 victory against ten-man Sunderland on Monday night.
Luke Charman's penalty gave the young Magpies an early lead at Eppleton Colliery Welfare before the Black Cats' Brandon Taylor received a straight red card before the half time whistle.
After a dominant second half display from Neil Redfearn's side, Victor Fernández's close range finish extended United's lead to record a deserved Wear-Tyne derby win.
Newcastle's youngsters were searching for a first league triumph in three games after stoppage time defeats to West Bromwich Albion and Swansea City respectively.
And the away side got off to the perfect start after seven minutes as Fernández surged past defender Bali Bumba before the right back brought the Spanish winger down inside the area.
Charman, who netted the winning penalty in United's Premier League Cup tie against Hull City, made no mistake from the spot as the Newcastle-born forward drilled his 12-yard attempt into the roof of the net to score his fourth goal of the season in all competitions.
Sunderland's greatest goalscoring opportunity of the first half saw Dan Neil's lofted free kick fly towards the back post, with Taylor unable to connect with the set piece.
The home side were then reduced to ten men as Taylor received his marching orders for handling the ball to prevent the lively Charman from racing through on goal with what would have been just the goalkeeper to beat.
In the second half, United made full use of their extra man through a number of goalscoring opportunities but were made to wait almost half an hour to further extend their lead.
Charman ought to have grabbed his brace after the forward found space inside the penalty area but his drilled effort at goal was blocked by Dan Neil before ultimately sending his rebound over the bar to his own frustration.
Mo Sangare took his turn in front of goal as the Liberia international sent a long range strike towards goal but the ball flew unfortunately over the crossbar.
Fernández almost capped off a fine attacking move from the visitors as the Spaniard drove a first time effort towards goal, following intricate play between captain Lewis Cass and Sangare, but the attempt was cleared off the line by Jack Bainbridge.
However, Fernández was not to be denied a second time as, in the 72nd minute, another move from the right wing resulted in the ball finding the 21-year-old winger who hammered the ball into the roof of the net to the delight of his team mates.
Goalkeeper Dan Langley was rarely tested by Sunderland as the young Magpies went on to secure maximum points in division two along with recording a first clean sheet in Premier League 2.
Newcastle United Under-23s: Dan Langley, Lewis Cass (c), Oisín McEntee, Ludwig Francillette, Oliver Walters, Jamie Sterry, Tom Allan, Jack Young (Josh Scott 88), Mo Sangare, Victor Fernández (Kyle Scott 75), Luke Charman.
Subs not used: Jake Turner, Joe White, Elliot Anderson.