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West Bromwich Albion PL2 vs Newcastle United PL2 at Stadion.Core.ViewModels.Matchday.LocationViewModel

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West Bromwich Albion PL2

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Newcastle United PL2

FT 23rd September 2019 1:00 PM (BST)

WBA Training Ground

Premier League 2 Division Two

Referee : Elliot Swallow

23rd September 2019 1:00 PM (BST)

Elliot Swallow

Newcastle United Under-23s suffered an agonising late defeat as they were beaten 2-1 by their West Bromwich Albion counterparts.

After a goalless first half, West Brom's Hal Robson-Kanu sent the Baggies ahead at West Brom's training ground before the young Magpies swiftly replied through Tom Allan's penalty.

And, with both sides chasing a late winner, it was the home side who snatched an injury-time goal as Robson-Kanu notched his second of the afternoon.

The young Magpies were chasing a third successive league win but faced an experienced Baggies side containing the likes of Chris Brunt, Robson-Kanu and Ali Al-Habsi.

Albion's Kyle Edwards was the first participant to register a strike at goal in the opening stages, sending a fierce low drive past Dan Langley's left hand post.

Langley was on hand to produce a fine double save, pushing away George Harmon's teasing strike from the edge of the penalty area before keeping out Robson-Kanu's rebound from close range.

United's best opportunity of the opening 45 minutes fell to Tom Allan as the forward - celebrating his 20th birthday - raced onto Jack Young's through ball but unfortunately sliced a first time strike wide of Al-Habsi's near post.

Brunt - who has earned 65 international caps for Northern Ireland - forced Langley into clawing away his swerving free kick, destined for the top corner. 

West Brom were fortunate to end the half with ten men as Robson-Kanu received a yellow card after an altercation with Jamie Sterry, with his United team mates claiming for a red card.  

In the second half, West Brom took the lead after the 50th minute, with Edwards finding Robson-Kanu inside the penalty area before the Welsh international sent a low effort past Langley.

However, the young Magpies quickly bounced back, scoring their equaliser four minutes later from the penalty spot. After Young advanced into the box, the 18-year-old was pushed over, forcing referee Elliot Swallow to point to the spot.

Allan, celebrating his 20th birthday, netted his fourth goal in four matches as his low effort squeezed underneath the body of Al-Habsi, who guessed the correct way.

United were unfortunate not to take the lead as Allan almost added his second of the afternoon but Al-Habsi was alert to push the strike away before Mo Sangare's rebound was directed wide of the target.

As both sides searched for a late winner, it was the hosts who almost took maximum points as Robson-Kanu almost completed a quick counter-attack but Langley was alert to deny the forward with a crucial block.

However, Langley was unable to prevent the Welsh international netting late on, as the striker picked up a loose ball in the penalty area before directing an accurate strike into the far right hand corner.

Newcastle United Under-23s: Dan Langley, Jamie Sterry, Oliver Walters, Matty Longstaff, Oisín McEntee, Lewis Cass, Tom Allan, Jack Young, Luke Charman (Yannick Touré 82), Mo Sangare, Rosaire Longelo.

Subs not used: Kyle Scott, Jake Turner, Victor Fernández,  Lucas Gamblin.

Photograph courtesy of West Bromwich Albion

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