Wednesday 19 September 2012

Barclays U21 Premier League: Honours even in Tyne-Wear derby

Connor Wickham scores twice as Sunderland draw with Newcastle at Sports Direct Arena

Newcastle and Sunderland U21s played in front of 1,776 people at the Sports Direct Arena

Newcastle United 2-2 Sunderland

Sunderland striker Connor Wickham scored twice to give his side a draw in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League derby against Newcastle United at the Sports Direct Arena.

The 19-year-old opened the scoring in the seventh minute with a close-range shot before Newcastle’s Australian midfielder Bradden Inman scored his fifth goal in four Barclays U21 Premier League matches soon after.

Adam Campbell scored his fourth goal of the season 10 minutes before half-time to put the home side ahead before Wickham equalised from six yards out.

Sunderland, who had Louis Saha spearheading the attack, had chances to win the match in the closing stages but David Vaughan’s shot flew just wide while Adam Reed missed the target after being played in by Ji Dong Won.

Newcastle are now on seven points, one point behind Group 2 leaders Southampton, while Sunderland have two points from four matches.

Full report here, with picture gallery here

Barclays U21 Premier League results and fixtures

Friday, September 14th

GROUP 1
Blackburn Rovers 0-0 Bolton Wanderers, Ewood Park
Reading 1-1 Everton, Hogwood Park

GROUP 2
Newcastle United 0-1 Southampton, Northumberland FA

GROUP 3
Chelsea 1-4 Liverpool, Brentford FC

Sunday, September 16th

GROUP 1
West Bromwich Albion 1-1 West Ham United, The Hawthorns (2pm)

Monday, September 17th

GROUP 1
Arsenal 1-1 Norwich City, Barnet FC

GROUP 2
Tottenham Hotspur 7-2 Stoke City, Hotspur Way

GROUP 3
Fulham 0-0 Middlesbrough, Motspur Park
Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-1 Crystal Palace, AFC Telford United

Tuesday, September 18th

GROUP 2
Newcastle United 2-2 Sunderland, Sports Direct Arena

For all Barclays U21 Premier League news, results and tables click here

You can follow developments on Twitter with the Premier League's account @premierleague or via the hashtag #BU21PL

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Key Points

  • Newcastle played Sunderland in Barclays U21 Premier League
  • Sunderland's Connor Wickham scores twice in 2-2 draw
  • Magpies now one point behind Group 2 leaders Southampton