Newcastle U23s regained ground in the race for promotion from PL2 Division
2, overturning a two-goal deficit to defeat rivals Norwich City on Monday.
It was a bittersweet night for United's Isaac
Westendorf though; the substitute dismissed for removing his shirt as he
celebrated what turned out to be the winning goal.
Despite a free ticket offer for youngsters, steady rain and the
considerable distance from Norwich (an hour by road to
cover 45 miles) saw only a small crowd present at the home of the National
Coached by former Magpie Alan Neilson, City's Flynn Clarke
fired a first time shot wide in the 13th
minute and five minutes later only goalkeeper Jake Turner's boot
saved another effort from Clarke.
Newcastle took the lead in the 20th minute when Jay
Turner-Cooke fired in a free-kick from the right hand side of the area, much
as he had done at North Shields in the Northumberland Senior Cup on Thursday
The hosts got back on terms just after the half hour when Abu Kamara fired
through Turner from inside the box. In between, some brilliant work from
Adam Wilson on the left hand side of the box set up Dylan Stephenson but he
stabbed his shot wide.
City went in front just 15 seconds after the break when a dangerous
low ball into the box was fired home by Shae Hutchinson. And the same player
scored again in the 50th minute, finding the bottom corner of the net from
just inside the box.
Hutchinson would be denied the chance to complete his hat-trick however,
taking a knock that saw him substituted.
Kamara looked to have got a fourth for City when he put in the
rebound after Turner saved a header but the offside flag was raised.
Stephenson unselfishly set up Wilson in the 62nd minute to finish
with a low strike into the far corner of the goal to get United back into
Magpies coach Elliott Dickman opted to replace defender Brad Cross with
striker Westendorf, dropping Niall Brookwell into the back four.
And that change almost paid immediate dividends when the new arrival somehow
managed to a deep cross from the right flank that Stephenson couldn't profit
Newcastle were level in the 76th minute however when Adam Wilson
broke up a City attack and found Westendorf on the centre circle.
He instantly released Turner-Cooke, who strode forward and confidently beat
the 'keeper for 3-3.
Both sides had chances but a draw looked likely until the final
seconds, when Lucas de Bolle played in Westendorf, who beat Mair at his near
post before discarding his shirt and embarking on a celebratory run that
ended in front of the visiting dugout.
Sadly for him though, he'd been cautioned earlier for contesting a free kick
award and was red-carded before the game restarted.
United survived added time with ten men - including a heart-stopping penalty
appeal - to complete a memorable victory.
Victory moved the black and whites back up to fourth, three points behind the Canaries
with two games in hand.