Wolves Under-23s 4 Newcastle United Under-23s 2
- Daniel Lamport
Newcastle United Under-23s' hopes of securing a Premier League 2 play-off spot took a difficult blow following a 4-2 defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers' second-string on Monday evening.
United's second-string fell behind at Molineux following Hugo Bueno's clinical finish before equalising 86 seconds later courtesy of Lucas De Bolle's composed finish.
Luke Cundle's close-range tap-in regained the hosts' advantage before the half-time whistle before Bueno's low strike extended Wanderers' advantage after the hour mark.
Isaac Westendorf quickly halved the deficits for the visitors before Cundle added his second of the evening in the closing stages, condemning United's youngsters to a third league defeat in a row.
Elliott Dickman made three changes to the side which suffered a 5-1 defeat against Burnley last week as Tom Allan - who spent the first-half of the season on loan at Scottish Championship side Greenock Morton - was handed a first start for United's under-23 side since August.
Remi Savage, who suffered a meniscus (tearing of the knee) injury in November, was also named in the starting line-up along with Ryan Barrett, replacing Joe Oliver and Matt Bondswell.
Newcastle goalkeeper Max Thompson - a representative of England at under-18 level - was forced into action in the opening stages, blocking Cundle's low drive with his feet after the Wolves forward had raced through on goal.
Allan created United's maiden shot on target as the 22-year-old forward - who made his Newcastle first-team debut during the Magpies' Emirates FA Cup third round victory against Rochdale in January 2020 - latched onto Jay Turner-Cooke's cross into the penalty area but his tame header was comfortably held by Søndergaard.
Thompson produced an important double save, getting down low to push away Taylor Perry's stinging drive before holding Chem Campbell's close-range shot.
In the 23rd minute, Newcastle fell behind through Bueno's accurate opener as the left-back advanced into the box before his low shot flew beyond Thompson in the bottom right-hand corner.
Newcastle, however, found themselves back on level terms in the 24th minute through De Bolle as the midfielder, who received a call-up for Scotland under-21s last month, controlled Josh Scott's pass from the left flank before calmly placing the ball into the right-hand corner.
Westendorf, who signed an 18-month contract with Newcastle in January after scoring two goals in four trial matches, completed a strong run before the forward's shot was blocked by Søndergaard.
Despite Thompson producing a string of impressive saves to deny Campbell and Chiqinho, Newcastle trailed once more in the 43rd minute through Cundle's simple effort, connecting with Ki-Jana Hoever's inviting pass inside the six-yard area after the right-back had raced onto Oliver Tipton's neat through ball.
In the 67th minute, Newcastle were dealt a further blow as Bueno notched his second goal of the evening. After Campbell advanced towards the right byline, the forward teed up the full-back, who fired the ball into the bottom right-hand corner.
Westendorf pulled a goal back for United's youngsters 119 seconds later as Ryan Barrett's cross fell into the Bremen-born striker's path before directing a volley into the net.
Wolves' two-goal cushion was restored in the 81st minute through Cundle as the Warrington-born teenager controlled Dexter Lembikisa's pass from the right flank before smashing the ball home.
Newcastle United Under-23s, three points adrift of the Premier League 2 play-off spots, face Southampton at St. James' Park in their penultimate league fixture of the 2021/22 campaign on Monday, 25th April (kick-off 7pm BST).
Newcastle United Under-23s: Max Thompson, Ryan Barrett (Joe Oliver 84), Charlie Wiggett, Remi Savage, Josh Scott, Niall Brookwell (c) (Ellis Stanton 68), Lucas De Bolle, Dylan Stephenson, Tom Allan (Adam Wilson 68), Jay Turner-Cooke, Isaac Westendorf.
Subs not used: Will Brown, Santiago Muñoz.