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14th May 2024 7:30 PM

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Newcastle United Under-21s won the Newcastle Flooring (Northumberland) Senior Cup for the first time since 2018 following a 2-1 win against Blyth Town on Tuesday night.

Ben Parkinson's composed finish fired Newcastle's youngsters ahead on the stroke of half-time before Amadou Diallo's penalty doubled United's advantage before the hour mark.

Dan Wilson halved the deficit for Town in the closing stages, heading home from Max Cowburn's corner, before Newcastle held firm to lift a record-extending 40th title since its formation in 1884.

After beating Newcastle Blue Star, Bedlington Terriers and Ashington en route to the final, Newcastle's second-string faced Blyth Town, who won the Northern League Division Two title this season after accruing 105 points.

In front of 1,887 spectators, Jay Turner-Cooke created the opening goalscoring opportunity of the cup clash as the attacking midfielder, who spent the first-half of the 2023/24 campaign on loan at Scottish Premiership outfit St Johnstone, picked the ball up from distance before an audacious effort flew over the crossbar.

Dylan Stephenson, who spent the second-half of the 2023/24 season on loan at South Shields, went narrowly close to opening the scoring as the Blyth-born striker turned Turner-Cooke's low cross from the left byline wide of the left-hand post from close-range.

Parkinson, who made his Premier League debut for Newcastle in a 2-0 away defeat at AFC Bournemouth in November, took his turn in front of goal as the Durham-born youngster leapt at the back post from Amadou Diallo's cross but saw his header held by Town goalkeeper Alex Lawrence.

Diallo, who made his English top-flight bow for the Magpies in a 4-1 home victory against Chelsea in November, went close to firing United's youngsters ahead as the London-born winger's curling effort from the edge of the box forced Lawrence into tipping the ball out for a corner.

The 21-year-old winger, who primarily plays on the left flank, was involved in further attacking action after cleverly evading Blyth full-back Nathan Beasley on the byline before his resulting low shot was directed wide of the right-hand post.

In the 44th minute, Parkinson netted his seventh goal of the season in all competitions at under-21 level. The 19-year-old, who joined the Magpies' Academy at the age of seven, controlled Alfie Harrison's pass before cooly placing the ball into the top right-hand corner.

Magpies goalkeeper Aidan Harris produced an important stop to prevent Blyth from levelling the cup final, beating away Brandon Slater's goalbound effort after racing in behind the United defence.

In the 57th minute, Newcastle netted their second goal of the night courtesy of Diallo's spot-kick. After Stephenson was brought down inside the penalty area following a chaotic spell which saw Parkinson's strike blocked on the line and Stanton's intended shot, Diallo kept his cool despite a lengthy stoppage before drilling his attempt from 12 yards into the bottom left-hand corner.

In the 72nd minute, however, Blyth pulled one back through Wilson as the physical forward directed Max Cowburn's in-swinging corner into the bottom right-hand corner.

Newcastle ought to have regained their two-goal cushion minutes later as Stephenson latched onto Parkinson's lofted pass into the penalty area but the 21-year-old volleyed his resulting effort over the crossbar.

Sean Neave, introduced from the substitutes' bench on the hour mark, went close to netting his first goal at under-21 level as the 16-year-old forward, a representative of England at under-17 level, saw a fierce strike inside the box deflected wide of the target.

Newcastle's second-string saw out the contest in the final stages to end their 2023/24 campaign with a piece of silverware under the lights at St. James' Park.

Newcastle United Under-21s: Aidan Harris, Ciaran Thompson, Cathal Heffernan (c), Lucas De Bolle, Dylan Charlton, Ellis Stanton, Jay Turner-Cooke, Alfie Harrison (Kyle Crossley 90), Dylan Stephenson, Amadou Diallo (Sean Neave 60), Ben Parkinson (James Huntley 90).

Subs not used: Jordan Hackett, Will Brown.

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