Young Potters fall to 4-3 defeat against Newcastle United...
STOKE CITY’S U23s threw away a second half fightback to lose their opening Premier League 2 game of the season against Newcastle United on Friday evening.
The Magpies had taken a 2-0 lead at St George’s Park through Liam Smith and Luke Charman, but Glyn Hodges’ side showed great determination to turn the game on its head with a Daniel Jarvis brace and Daniel Barbir strike putting City ahead.
With 10 minutes left on the clock, though, Peter Beardsley’s outfit rallied and substitutes Mo Sangare and Owen Gallacher netted from close range to claim a 4-3 win.
On a mild evening in Staffordshire, it was the visitors who were quickest out of the blocks and they duly took the lead with the game’s first attack. A neat ball was played into the path of Smith who coolly directed his effort into the far corner of Jakob Haugaard’s net.
After a continued period of possession for the Magpies, Curtis Good tested the handling skills of Haugaard when his close range header from a corner was gathered by the Danish stopper, before he was quick off his line to deny Luke Charman at his feet after the attacker was played clean through just after the midway point of the first period.
As the half progressed however, City did start to pose questions of their visitors and after Mark Waddington had seen a strike from the edge of the area deflected narrowly wide of the upright, Hodges’ side missed a glorious chance to level the scoreline.
When left back Kris Owens raced to the left byline, his cross was firstly missed by Julien Ngoy before it fell at the feet of an unmarked Tre Pemberton who saw his strike acrobatically tipped behind by visiting ‘keeper Paul Woolston.
The Potters were made to pay for that chance when the Magpies doubled their lead five minutes before the interval when Liam Smith’s long range effort was pushed away by Haugaard and finished by Charman from close range.
Charman almost made if three a minute before the break when he diverted a header wide from a corner, before pulled one back on the stroke of half time as Ryan Hill’s effort was spilled into the path of Jarvis who fired in two yards out.
City made two changes at the break in their search for an equaliser with Ngoy and Hill making way for Shola Ayoola and Jake Dunwoody, and the latter would have a part to play in City’s leveller on 56 minutes.
Dunwoody played a great ball into the path of captain Lewis Banks who raced to the byline and crossed into Jarvis’ path, and the attacker finished superbly to grab his second of the game.
The Potters were now in the ascendancy and they almost completed the comeback on 67 minutes but Banks could only head Pemberton’s right wing cross into the gloves of Woolston when well placed.
City were however to turn the game on its head and take the lead for the first time with 15 minutes remaining as Shenton’s deep cross was finished on the volley by Barbir.
The lead would only last until the final 10 minutes of the contest though as the Magpies rallied to claim victory when Sangare netted following a rebound, before Gallacher found the back of the net after being played through one-on-one with Haugaard.
Stoke City: Haugaard, Banks (c), Owens, Waddington, Souttar, Barbir, Pemberton, Shenton, Ngoy (Ayoola 45), Jarvis, Hill (Dunwoody 45). Unused: Allen, McJannet, Da Silva.