Liam Smith shot 1-0
40 mins Charman shot 2-0
45 mins Jarvis shot 2-1
Half time: Potters 1 Magpies 2
56 mins Jarvis shot 2-2
75 mins Berbir shot 2-3
Sangare shot 3-3
85 mins Gallacher shot 4-3
Full time: Potters 3 Magpies 4
Having lost out on promotion in the playoffs last
season, Newcastle U23s made a winning start to their Premier League 2 programme
on Friday night - but only after looking as if they'd blown the three
A small crowd were present at the FA's St. George's Park training facility to
see the Magpies snatch a fifth minute lead when Liam Smith slid home
after swapping passes with Luke Charman after Craig Spooner's run.
Charman made it 2-0 in the 40th minute when Dan Barlaser's shot was
saved by Jacob Haugaard, but the visiting striker was on hand to sweep the
Daniel Jarvis got one back for the Potters on half-time after Ryan Hill's
pull-back from the byline and City were level by the 56th minute
when Jarvis shot home via the crossbar from further out.
Dominating the second period, Stoke looked to have completed their comeback in the 75th minute,
trialist central defender Danny Barbir forcing the ball in at the back post after a corner
kick was allowed to reach him.
The black and whites weren't finished though and having made little forward
impact since going 2-0 up, they dragged themselves level with nine minutes
Barlaser's dribble inside the box caused
mayhem in the City defence and after some pinball, recently -arrived substitute
Mo Sangare lifted a first time shot into the roof
of the net for 3-3 - his first goal at this level.
Peter Beardsley's side weren't finished though and conjured up what proved to
be an 85th minute winner - fellow replacement Owen Gallacher outpacing the City
defence and shooting home via a post to snatch the win.
There were competitive debuts for Josef Yarney (in an apparently unfamiliar
right back role) and Mo Sangare, in addition to a rare 90 minutes from Liam
Smith - beset with injury for several seasons.
Surely this should have been pitch 9?