Burnley Under-23s 1 Newcastle United Under-23s 3
- Peter Gibbons
Newcastle United Under-23s recorded their first Premier League 2 win of the season following a 3-1 victory at Burnley on Friday afternoon.
Stan Flaherty's wonderful free-kick gave the young Magpies the lead at Leyland's County Ground before Max Thompson's smart finish got the hosts back on level terms before the half-time break.
Ludwig Francillette restored the visitors' advantage and, after Flaherty grabbed his second of the afternoon, Burnley's Ashley Barnes saw his penalty hit the post as United's second-string moved into the Division Two play-off spots.
Newcastle's youngsters were aiming for their maiden victory of the season following a 2-2 draw against their Middlesbrough counterparts in their opening league fixture.
Chris Hogg made one change to his side which suffered a 3-0 defeat against Shrewsbury Town in the EFL Trophy, with teenage midfielder Nathan Carlyon making his first start for United at under-23 level in place of Scotland under-17 international Reagan Thomson.
Barnes led the line for the hosts, with the experienced 30-year-old continuing his comeback from an injury sustained in January, along with aiming to add to his goalscoring tally after grabbing a brace against Sunderland Under-23s on Monday.
After a quiet opening to the game, Newcastle goalkeeper Will Brown was called into action as the teenage shot-stopper, who signed his first professional contract with the Magpies, managed to tip Ne-Jai Tucker's dangerous free-kick over the crossbar.
United broke the deadlock in the 32nd minute as Flaherty registered his first goal for Newcastle's under-23s in terrific fashion, with the midfielder sending a delightful free-kick from distance past Burnley 'keeper Lukas Jensen via the underside of the crossbar.
However, Newcastle's lead was cut short eight minutes later as Clarets forward Max Thompson netted before the half-time whistle. After latching onto Richardson's dangerous pass, the 18-year-old, who made his senior debut for Burnley in June, managed to fire the ball past Brown.
Midfielder Jack Young was unfortunate not to send United into the break with a slender lead as the 19-year-old saw his goalbound strike headed off the line by Jake Rooney, cousin of Premier League legend Wayne.
In the second half, United regained their lead in the 68th minute as Francillette netted his first goal for the club. After a punched clearance from Jensen fell into the Frenchman's path, the centre-back was able to bundle the ball home.
In the 72nd minute, United extended their advantage as Flaherty notched his second of the afternoon, drilling the ball into the bottom corner to cap off a fine individual display.
Burnley were awarded a penalty in the closing stages but Barnes was unable to halve the deficit as the striker's spot-kick struck the post to the delight of the visitors.
The young Magpies return to EFL Trophy action on Tuesday night when they travel to League One outfit Crewe Alexandra before hosting local rivals Sunderland in Premier League 2 on Monday, 5th October at United's Little Benton Academy.
Newcastle United Under-23s: Will Brown, Lewis Cass (c), Niall Brookwell (Dylan Stephenson 38), Ludwig Francillette, Lucas Gamblin, Jack Young, Nathan Carlyon (Reagan Thomson 83), Rosaire Longelo, Elliot Anderson, Stan Flaherty, Yannick Touré (Lewis Brannen 83).
Subs not used: Piotr Banda.