Liddle penalty. 0-1
34 mins Brookwell shot. 1-1
40 mins Anderson shot. 2-1
Half time: Magpies 2 smoggies 1
64 mins Jones
Full time: Magpies 2 smoggies 2
Niall Brookwell marked his first competitive game for the club with a
debut goal and there was an U23 league debut from the bench for Stan Flaherty.
Newcastle's second string began their Premier League 2 Division 2
fixtures with a draw against their Teesside counterparts on Friday
The game was played behind closed doors at Little Benton; Magpies
coach Chris Hogg assisted for the first time in a competitive game
by old boy Peter Ramage.
The visitors took the lead in the tenth minute from the penalty spot
after a foul in the area by Oisin McEntee on Isiah Jones, Ben Liddle firing past Dan Langley. And
Boro should have doubled their advantage five minutes later, but their
blazed over when well placed.
United came back into the contest and both Adam Wilson and Yannick Toure
saw shots smothered by 'keeper Zach Hemming before the half hour
And on 34 minutes the Magpies equalised when Ryan Barrett's deep
cross from the left was headed on by a defender and fell into the
path of Niall Brookwell, who took a touch before beating Hemming at
his near post.
Elliot Anderson then put Newcastle ahead six minutes later, turning
to fire home via the 'keeper after Jack Young's crossfield pass
picked out Rosaire Longelo on the right and he evaded two covering
players before crossing.
United looked to have extended their lead in the 64th minute when
Wilson fired in from close range but the linesman's flag was raised.
And that decision proved to be costly when
Boro went straight up the pitch and levelled through Jones, whose
first effort bounced back to him off Langley and allowed him to
finish at the second attempt.
There were half-chances at both ends, but neither side could summon
up a winner - Newcastle's Jack
Young firing over the cross bar in the 88th minute.
In addition to a competitive reserve bow for Niall Brookwell, fellow
midfielder Stan Flaherty made his first appearance at this level,
from the bench.
However, striker Elias Sorensen was suspended following a red card in
the penultimate league game of last season - way back in February.