The Newcastle United Academy side travelled to Manchester City for their first league match of the season.
Back in August they were hammered 6-0 in that fixture.
Things haven’t really improved since then,
In the space of week at the end of August 2018 they had two 1-0 victories against West Brom and Sunderland, but other than that, it has been dismal.
In the four and a half months since beating Sunderland on 1 September, the NUFC Under 18s have lost every league match.
The record reading over the past half dozen league matches: Played 6 Lost 6, goals for 7 and goals against 38.
However, a lift for the team has come from an unexpected quarter.
Manchester City were the visitors earlier today and dominated proceedings with 65% possession (as per the Man City official site).
Despite the visitors being well on top, Newcastle’s young players dug in and got to half-time with the match goalless.
Eventually though the pressure told and on the hour mark Henri Ugunby put Man City ahead, with it then looking a case of how many.
However, the young Magpies kept at it and were rewarded with seven minutes left, when captain Jack Young scored an equaliser from the penalty spot.
Hopefully the NUFC Academy team can take heart from this for the rest of the season, especially with Sunderland up next, that Under 18 derby played next Saturday when the Mackems visit.
Newcastle United U18s 1 Man City U18s 1
Langley, Ebanks, Rounsfell, Joyce, Swailes, Allen, Cole, Young, Harrison, Reed, White