Clayton-Phillips shot. 0-1
36 mins Harmon og. 1-1
38 mins McEntee shot. 2-1
Half time: Magpies 2 Baggies 1
54 mins Longelo header. 3-1
69 mins Soule shot. 3-2
77 mins Toure shot. 4-2
Full time: Magpies 4 Baggies 2
Despite being without
their two top scorers, United's U23 side climbed higher in the Premier League
2 table following victory at Whitley Park on Monday night.
With 12 goal Elias Sorensen on U21 duty with Denmark and Callum Roberts
rewarded for his eight strikes with promotion to the senior squad, rookie
Yannick Toure led the line in what was only his second league start at this
Making seven changes to the side eliminated from the Checkatrade Trophy by the
mackems last week, Magpies coach Ben Dawson named U18 defensive duo Oisin
McEntee and Ryan Barrett in his starting lineup against an equally youthful
Ireland youth international centre half McEntee played for the U23s in
pre-season and has been on the bench recently in addition to starting
regularly for the U18 side, but tonight marked his competitive bow, just days
after turning 18.
17 year-old right back Barrett - a Welsh youth cap - was also involved against
Barrow and Rangers in pre-season but has only just returned to U18 action
after not being sighted since August.
That much-changed line-up struggled to cope with a fleet-footed Albion side
and visiting forward Morean Rogers twice let fly in the United box in the
early stages of the game, only to
see both of his shots rebound off the frame of the goal and be cleared.
The opening goal inevitably went the way of Albion midway through the opening
period, when Nick Clayton-Phillips had time to turn in the box before firing
home from 12 yards.
And had United custodian Otto Huuhtanen not been equal to Kevin Healy's 34th
minute following a corner, then the Baggies could have had the points sewn up.
However the game then turned completely on its head as Newcastle scored twice
in three minutes, having failed to threaten Alex Palmer's goal until that
The first came in the 36th minute when Rosaire Longelo found Toure on the
right of the area, the 18 year-old seemingly missing out on the chance to
shoot but then deliberately firing the ball across the six yard box and in off
defender George Harmon for an OG.
It was then 2-1 when a free-kick into the Albion box was hit into the roof of
the net by McEntee following a scramble when his initial goalbound effort was
United started where they'd left off in the second period and Toure twice came
close to netting - mistiming a header when unmarked and bursting into
the box but seeing his shot strike the 'keeper.
Little had been seen of forgotten man Achraf Lazaar until the 54th minute, but
he sold the visiting right back a dummy before sending over a peach of a cross
that Longelo headed in from close range for his second goal in as many Premier
League 2 outings.
The two goal lead lasted for quarter of an hour, until Rayhaan Tulloch's rapid
run took him into the home box and his pass was forced in by substitute Jamie
Soule despite the presence of a defender.
Toure rounded things off nicely though on 77 minutes, bearing down on goal
from the left before converting from a narrow angle with a powerful shot that
beat the 'keeper and hit the far post before bouncing into the goal via the
Victory took Newcastle up one place to fourth, five points behind leaders
Reading and with a two point cushion on teams outside the playoff places.
With seven games remaining of a 22 game season, United have already bettered
last year's haul of wins, goals and points as they seek to gain promotion to
Division One at the fifth time of asking.