Newcastle’s young stars went into Saturday’s Premier League Under 18 match standing proudly top of the table with 13 points, two ahead of Manchester City.

An almost faultless start to the season had seen United win four and draw one of their opening five matches, including a 1-0 derby win away from home, a result which helped see Sunderland starting today rock bottom of the table with zero points.

Away from home at Derby County, Newcastle United kicked off at 12.30 on Saturday lunchtime with the following team:

Harker, Spooner, Cass, Longstaff, Bailey, Kitchen, Lowther, Gallacher, Sorensen, Heaney, Smith

Making his first appearance was Danish striker Elias Fritjof Sorensen, Newcastle United having confirmed the following on Friday:

‘Danish teenager Elias Fritjof Sorensen could make his first appearance for Newcastle United when Dave Watson’s under-18s travel to Derby on Saturday.

International clearance has now been received for the forward ahead of the 12.30pm kick-off at the Rams’ Moor Farm Academy.”

Today’s match couldn’t have started better with a Derby player (Thorne) scoring an own goal to gift Newcastle the lead after only two minutes.

However, Derby equalised in the 50th minute through Bogle, then scored the winner with only seconds left through Cresswell, handing Newcastle their first defeat of the season.

That was compounded when news from Wearside came through, with Manchester City moving top after beating Sunderland 4-0.