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FT 6th December 2021 7:00 PM (GMT)

Northumberland FA

Premier League 2

Referee : Thomas Parsons

6th December 2021 7:00 PM (GMT)

Newcastle United Under-23s 2 Sunderland Under-23s 0

Attendance:
475
Referee:
Thomas Parsons

Dylan Stephenson's brace saw Newcastle United Under-23s earn bragging rights in the Tyne-Wear derby following a 2-0 victory against ten-man Sunderland on Monday evening.

Stephenson's clinical close-range finish broke the deadlock for the young Magpies at Whitley Park after the visitors had been reduced to ten men inside 17 minutes following Patrick Almond's red card after a dangerous tackle on United defender Brad Cross.

The Blyth-born striker then doubled his and United's advantage in the closing stages after Lucas De Bolle's initial shot was parried into the forward's path, who slotted the rebound home - his 10th Premier League 2 goal so far this term - to complete back-to-back Division Two victories.

Newcastle's youngsters had already tasted victory over their local rivals in October following a 2-1 comeback victory at the Stadium of Light courtesy of goals from Jay Turner-Cooke and Adam Wilson.

Elliott Dickman, who was appointed Newcastle's under-23s coach in October following his departure from Sunderland, made three changes from the side which claimed a 3-1 away win at Nottingham Forest a fortnight ago.

Wilson, who netted the winner in the reverse fixture, was named in the starting line-up in place of the injured Elliot Anderson, who netted a hat-trick against Forest, while defensive pair Nathan Carlyon and Cross came in for Ryan Barrett and Harry Barclay.

Sunderland almost took the lead in the opening stages as Ellis Taylor's cross from the left flank founds its way to Stephen Wearne but the forward's back-heeled attempt was directed wide of the target.

The visitors were reduced to ten men shortly after as Almond was sent off for a late foul on Cross, leaving referee Jacob Miles with little hesitation in brandishing a red card to the centre-back.

In the 24th minute, Newcastle broke the deadlock as Stephenson netted his 11th goal of the season in all competitions.

After De Bolle and Joe White linked up neatly, the latter - who made his first-team debut during the Magpies' pre-season draw at Rotherham United in July - sent the ball into Stephenson's path before the in-form striker cooly evaded the challenge of Cameron Jessup inside the box before rifling the ball past Sunderland goalkeeper Jacob Carney.

The young Magpies almost got off to a perfect start within the opening minute of the second-half as Stephenson raced onto Niall Brookwell's lofted pass in behind the Sunderland defence before crashing his effort into the side-netting.

Newcastle goalkeeper Dan Langley who made his Magpies first-team debut during a pre-season friendly at York City in July, produced an important save to keep the hosts on level terms as Sunderland forward Ciaran Dunne skipped past two challenges before his low strike was blocked by the shot-stopper's right foot.

In the 85th minute, Newcastle confirmed maximum points as Stephenson grabbed his second of the evening. As De Bolle's low strike from the edge of the penalty area was saved by Carney, the ball fell kindly into Stephenson's direction before the alert teenager fired the ball home from close-range to cap off a fine evening.

United's second-string, who now move within two points of the Division Two play-off spots, turn their attention to Premier League Cup action when they host their Watford counterparts on Friday, 10th December (kick-off 4pm GMT).

Newcastle United Under-23s: Dan Langley, Nathan Carlyon (Rosaire Longelo 78), Charlie Wiggett, Brad Cross, Matt Bondswell, Jack Young (c), Niall Brookwell, Adam Wilson (Cameron Ferguson 66), Lucas De Bolle, Joe White, Dylan Stephenson.

Subs not used: Josh Scott, Will Brown, Reagan Thomson.

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