A week before they’ll face Sunderland’s first-team in the Checktrade Trophy, Newcastle’s U-23’s have completed a brilliant comeback at the Academy of Light this afternoon – scoring in the 91st minute to beat Sunderland from 2-0 behind.
A few of our star men at U-23 level missed out – suggesting the absent Freddie Woodman, Sean Longstaff and Jamie Sterry look almost certain to be in tomorrow’s squad for Blackburn – but it didn’t stop the reserves from grabbing a brilliant result.
Sunderland’s Connelly and Diamond’s first half goals gave the Mackems a 2-0 lead just past the half-hour mark, but the comeback began when Oliver Walters made it 2-1 just before the break.
The second half comeback started with Elias Sorensen netting his 19th goal of the season, making it 2-2 on the hour mark. Callum Roberts missed a penalty with 15 minutes to go, only for ex-West Ham winger and summer signing Rosaire Longelo to make it 2-3 in the 91st minute.
A great three points for our young guns and a fantastic victory ahead of next week’s trip to the Stadium of Light!