STOKE CITY’S Under-18s slipped to a 2-0 defeat against Newcastle United on Saturday morning and remain rooted at the bottom of the Barclays Under-18 Premier League table.
It was the team’s fifth straight league defeat and follows their 3-1 reverse to Derby County in the FA Youth Cup Fourth Round at the end of last month.
Goals either side of half time by Jonathyn Quinn and Tom Heardmen were enough to claim victory for the Magpies after controlling the game for long periods at their Little Benton training ground.
It was the home side who made all the early running in blustery conditions in Newcastle and they could have opened the scoring twice inside the opening six minutes, but Olivier Kemen’s effort was blocked as it headed towards goal before Heardman saw a shot deflected wide as City put their bodies on the line.
Dave Watson’s United side had won their previous five games in all competitions and it didn’t take them long to make their superiority count when after 15 minutes they broke the deadlock when Quinn pounced on a poor back pass from the Potters defence before rounding Daniel Gyollai and coolly firing into an empty net.
The hosts continued on the front foot as they went in search of a second and almost got it just minutes later through Heardman with two quick-fire chances but the forward was wasteful in front of goal.
Newcastle were in complete control and could have gone further ahead before the break however Hungarian stopper Gyollai was on hand to thwart Quinn’s 25-yard drive before Joe Kerridge was denied by the assistant referee’s flag for offside.
City pushed for a way back into the contest following the interval by trying to force their opponents into errors but when as has been the case this season when chances presented themselves they were unable to profit.
It left the Magpies to wrap up the game in comfortable fashion in the second period as Heardman tuned his marker before racing into the box from the left wing and firing past the City ‘keeper with a low strike.