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Tuesday 01 October 2013

Barclays U21s: Newcastle snatch thrilling victory

Haris Vuckic scores twice as Magpies win seven-goal thriller, while Wolves rout Reading 4-0

  • Jamie O'Hara (left) and Anthony Forde (second left) celebrate Wolves' fourth goal

  • West Brom's George Thorne made his return fom injury against Newcastle

West Bromwich Albion 3-4 Newcastle United

Newcastle United scored twice in the last 15 minutes to grab a thrilling victory in their Barclays Under-21 Premier League match at The Hawthorns on Monday afternoon.

The Magpies were fielding five players with first-team experience and one of them, Gael Bigirimana, gave them an eighth-minute lead with a 35-yard shot which flew in off the underside of the bar.

Albion hit back quickly and two goals in a minute, both set up by crosses from Bradley Garmston, turned the match on its head. First Garmston centred for Alex Jones to equalise and 60 seconds later he passed to Morgan Ferrier, whose cutback was turned in by Mani O'Sullivan.

Haris Vuckic made it 2-2 in the 25th minute from Rolando Aarons' through-ball but Albion regained their lead before half-time when Ferrier drove a Kemar Roofe pass into the roof of the net.

West Brom looked as though they were going to earn the win which would have taken them off the bottom of the table but Vuckic, another of the players with Barclays Premier League experience, curled in a superb free-kick to equalise in the 75th minute.

And Vuckic was involved again seven minutes later when he pulled the ball back for Adam Armstrong to net his fifth goal in as many Under-21 games to secure all three points for the visitors.

West Bromwich Albion report | Newcastle United report

Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-0 Reading

Two Jamie O'Hara strikes, early in each half, helped Wolverhampton Wanderers complete an emphatic victory at Telford's New Buck's Head and stretch their unbeaten sequence to four matches.

The hosts forced the visitors on top the back foot from the start and took the lead with under four minutes on the clock with a goal made and scored by O'Hara. The former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder won the ball in his own half and ran down the left before delivering a cross that found Jake Cassidy on the far side of the area. O'Hara kept running and met Cassidy's return ball across the goalmouth with a tidy finish.

Wolves doubled their lead on 19 minutes when Ethan Ebanks-Landell headed in Zei Ismail's right-wing corner, and three minutes into the second half it was 3-0 as O'Hara, who had twice come close to doubling his goal tally in the first period, rifled in a quickly taken free-kick from outside the area.

With four minutes remaining the home side produced a fourth goal as Anthony Forde received a pass from O'Hara before drilling a low shot past goalkeeper John Henley from 25 yards.

A third victory in four matches lifts Wolves up to sixth place in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League table and level on 10 points with Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton.

Wolves report  | Reading report

Barclays U21 Premier League results

Monday 30 September
West Bromwich Albion (Jones, O'Sullivan, Ferrier) 3-4 Newcastle United (Bigirimana, Vuckic 2, Armstrong)
Wolverhampton Wanderers (O'Hara 2, Ebanks-Landell, Forde) 4-0 Reading

Barclays U21 Premier League fixtures

Friday 4 October
West Ham United v Norwich City, 7pm Rush Green

Sunday 6 October
Chelsea v Manchester City, 11.05am Stamford Bridge

Monday 7 October
Reading v West Bromwich Albion, 1pm Reading Training Ground
Arsenal v Wolverhampton Wanderers, 7pm Emirates Stadium
Aston Villa v Sunderland, 7pm Villa Park
Blackburn Rovers v Everton, 7pm Ewood Park
Leicester City v Stoke City, 7pm King Power Stadium
Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur, 7pm Langtree Park
Middlesbrough v Southampton, 7pm The Victoria Ground
Newcastle United v Bolton Wanderers, 7pm Northumberland FA

Under-21 Premier League Cup result

Monday 30 September
Exeter City (Nichols 2, Tillson, Watkins) 4-1 Torquay United (Benyon)

Under-21 Premier League Cup fixtures

Tuesday 1 October
AFC Wimbledon v Gillingham

Thursday 3 October
Watford v Bristol Rovers

Find out the full Barclays Under-21 fixture list here and view the table here.
To discover the Under-21 Premier League Cup draw, click here.

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

Key Points

  • Newcastle overturn a 3-2 deficit to win at West Brom with two late goals
  • Haris Vuckic scores twice and makes the winner to lead his side to victory
  • Jamie O'Hara scores twice as Wolves rout Reading 4-0, while Exeter earn Under-21 Premier League Cup tie against Crystal Palace after 4-1 win over Torquay

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