Newcastle United U23 0 Sunderland U23 4
- Lewis Smith
Newcastle United Under-23s were heavily beaten in the Tyne-Wear derby as the young Magpies suffered a 4-0 home defeat against Sunderland.
After a tight first-half, played in horrific weather conditions at United's Little Benton Academy, Josh Hawkes' volley on the stroke of half-time gave the Black Cats a slender lead before three goals in 15 second-half minutes condemned United's second-string to their first league defeat of the season.
Benjamin Kimpioka's composed finish doubled the visitors' lead and, after defender Cieran Dunne netted a third, the winger grabbed his second goal of the Premier League 2 clash from the penalty spot.
Chris Hogg's side headed into the Division Two encounter knowing a win would elevate them into second place whilst Sunderland had yet to register a single point after two defeats.
It was Sunderland, though, who almost broke the deadlock inside the opening 60 seconds as Hawkes' teasing cross was met by Stephen Wearne but the forward could only steer his effort over the crossbar.
Stan Flaherty, who joined the Magpies from Arsenal in January, was unable to net his third goal in two league matches as the winger's free-kick from the edge of the penalty area was held by Sunderland shot-stopper Anthony Patterson.
With the half-time whistle approaching, Sunderland opened the scoring as Hawkes, who spent three years at Hartlepool United, got onto the end of Ryan Wombwell's lofted cross from the right wing before firing the ball past United goalkeeper Will Brown.
In the second half, United were dealt a negative blow as the Black Cats extended their lead further in the 66th minute as Kimpioka, who netted in Sunderland's 4-0 Checkatrade Trophy win at the Stadium of Light in 2019, raced onto a pass before lifting the ball over Brown.
United were unfortunate not to halve the deficit in immediate fashion as Jack Young saw an in-swinging free-kick clip the inside of the post before the ball was cleared to safety, although the hosts appealed for a penalty after believing the foul originally took place inside the box.
Sunderland put the game to bed in the 71st minute as Dunne advanced into the box before the left-back drilled a fierce effort into the far corner of the net.
It got even worse for United as Sunderland were awarded a penalty in the 81st minute as Kimpioka advanced along the byline and, after being brought down inside the area, calmly converted from 12 yards to end the Black Cats' 23-game winless league run.
Newcastle United Under-23s: Will Brown, Ryan Barrett, Ludwig Francillette, Lucas Gamblin, Tom Midgley, Nathan Carlyon (Reagan Thomson 86), George Rounsfell (Yannick Touré 35), Rosaire Longelo, Jack Young, Stan Flaherty, Dylan Stephenson (Michael Ndiweni 70).
Subs not used: Piotr Banda, James Huntley.