Newcastle's U23 side were in
Premier League Cup action on Friday night, making the marathon trek to
Hampshire and returning with a valuable point.
And having not had sight of goal all evening, in-form striker Elias Sorensen
kept his cool in the closing moments to cancel out Southampton's first half
United wore their blue change kit as they lined up in heavy rain at the Saints
training base in Staplewood and fell behind after eighteen minutes.
Striker Will Smallbone saw his shot from inside the box blocked by Nathan
Harker, but the visiting custodian was unable to prevent the unmarked Marcus
Barnes from sweeping the rebound home for the opener.
Ben Dawson's side mounted their first decent attack of the night within two
minutes and Callum Roberts scampered into the Southampton box before forcing
goalkeeper Jack Rose into a stop at his near post.
With conditions hampering both sides, United didn't threaten again until a
corner kick on the hour from Olly Walters fell at the near post, causing
confusion in the six yard box before Mo Sangare found Adam Wilson, who fired
harmlessly over the crossbar.
At the other end there was almost a re-run of Southampton's goal on 70
minutes, Harker blocking Jonathan Afolabi's shot and Barnes collecting the
rebound - only to put his effort wide of the post.
With just a minute of normal time remaining though, Newcastle levelled when a
fine clipped pass from Roberts found Sorensen as he advanced into the box and
the striker swept the ball home.
The hosts almost snatched all three points deep into added time when Smallbone
was fouled on the edge of the Newcastle box and clipped the crossbar from the
resultant free kick in a central position.
Within seconds the full time whistle had sounded, United avoiding defeat on
the South Coast for the first time at reserve level following a quartet of
league and cup losses here in recent seasons.
Thanks to GW