Despite twice falling behind against Sunderland, Newcastle United’s young stars of the future retained their dignity by twice fighting back to equalise.

Whilst first team derbies are on the backburner for the time being, this was the third time the Under 18s had faced their Mackem rivals.

Newcastle winning 1-0 down on Wearside in the Premier League Under 18 North division and then building on that with the recent FA Youth Cup victory on enemy soil. United winning 4-3 with a dramatic late winner from Lewis McNall.

Tuesday’s 1pm kick-off at Little Benton saw Sunderland twice take the lead through Lee Connolly in the first half, Newcastle’s Kelland Watts scoring in between those two goals.

After the break United improve and were well worth their second half equaliser which came via Adam Wilson.

Newcastle could have gone on to win it with a number of further chances but just like their first team later on yesterday, United’s young players had to settle for a 2-2 draw.

The result leaves Sunderland still rock bottom of the Premier League Under 18 North division, with only two wins and 10 points from 20 matches the Mackems are 12th of 12.

Newcastle have been struggling of late and yesterday’s victory came after a run of eight defeats in nine matches, which has left NUFC fourth bottom with 20 points from 18 games.

Newcastle United Under 18s 2  Sunderland Under 18s 2

Newcastle United:

B Smith, Adu-Peprah, Kitchen, Spooner, Cass, Bailey, Lowther, C Smith, Watts, Sangare, Wilson