Wolverhampton Wanderers U23 4 Newcastle United U23 0
- Elliot Swallow
Newcastle United Under-23s suffered a heavy 4-0 defeat against their Wolverhampton Wanderers counterparts in the Premier League 2 on Monday afternoon.
The young Magpies trailed at the half-time break following Austin Samuels' strike before the striker doubled his and Wolves' advantage with a close-range finish shortly after the restart.
The hosts extended their lead further through Theo Corbeanu's header before Owen Hesketh added Wanderers' fourth to confirm a heavy Premier League 2 defeat for Newcastle's youngsters at the Aggborough Stadium.
Chris Hogg and Peter Ramage's side headed into the Division Two clash off the back of a 2-2 draw at Fulham, coming from behind twice against the Cottagers, and began brightly the league clash brightly as Christian Atsu saw his audacious effort from distance saved by Wolves goalkeeper Joe Young.
United shot-stopper Jake Turner, who spent the first-half of the 2020/21 campaign on loan at League Two Morecambe, produced an impressive stop to deny Luke Cundle after the Wolves forward raced onto a dangerous lofted pass but his drilled effort was importantly blocked by the 22-year-old.
In the 20th minute, however, Wolves broke the deadlock through Samuels after the forward picked the ball up inside the penalty area, advancing past A Trialist, before eventually firing the ball into the far left-hand corner.
Shortly after conceding, Newcastle's Turner was on hand to prevent Wanderers from doubling their lead as Hesketh drove forward before unleashing an effort from the edge of the box but the low strike was held by the Wilmslow-born 'keeper.
Stan Flaherty, United's top goalscorer with seven goals at under-23 level, went close to extending his tally in the closing minutes of the first-half. The winger, who joined the Magpies' Academy from Arsenal in January 2020, controlled Atsu's pass on the edge of the penalty area, following a dangerous run from the Ghana international, before his stinging effort was pushed away by Young.
In the second-half, United's second-string were dealt a significant blow as Wolves doubled their advantage in the 50th minute through Samuels.
Following a short corner, Lewis Richards' intended strike at goal from the edge of the box was turned towards goal by the alert forward.
Matt Bondswell, who joined the Magpies last month following his departure from RB Leipzig, was handed his Newcastle debut at under-23 level before Wolves grabbed their third of the afternoon in the 62nd minute through Corbeanu.
The Canadian forward, who has represented his country at senior level, got onto the end of Jack Scott's swinging cross from the right flank before guiding his header into the bottom left-hand corner.
In the 71st minute, Hesketh grabbed the hosts' fourth goal after capitalising on Turner's clearance, following high pressure from Samuels, before lifting the ball into an empty net to cap off a forgettable afternoon for the young Magpies.
With full-time approaching, Tom Allan went close to netting his fourth goal in six matches as the forward, who spent the opening half of the season on loan at League One Accrington Stanley, raced onto Adam Wilson's neat through ball but the 21-year-old's low strike was blocked by Young.
Newcastle United Under-23s: Jake Turner, Ryan Barrett, Niall Brookwell, Trialist, Brad Cross, Jack Young (c), Owen Bailey (Matt Bondswell 59), Adam Wilson, Stan Flaherty, Christian Atsu (Reagan Thomson 80), Tom Allan.
Subs not used: Will Brown, Joe White, Dylan Stephenson.