NEWCASTLE United lost another derby tonight – but Peter Beardsley’s side went down fighting.
Under-21 Premier League leaders Middlesbrough won the Tyne-Tees reserve derby at St James’s Park 1-0 thanks to an early free-kick from Emmanuel Ledesma.
The game, watched by head coach John Carver, came two days after Newcastle’s Wear-Tyne defeat to Sunderland by the same scoreline at the Stadium of Light.
United, captained by Lubomir Satka, had defender Macauley Gillesphey sent off for two bookable offences in the second half.
First-team winger Gabriel Obertan – who had asked to play in the game ahead of Monday night’s Premier League game against Liverpool at Anfield – was replaced at the break after a quiet 45 minutes.
Boro took the lead in the sixth minute, when experienced midfielder Ledesma beat Freddie Woodman with a 20-yard free-kick.
Newcastle forward Callum Roberts twice tested visiting goalkeeper Connor Ripley, who also held a fierce long-range drive from defender Jamie Ster
Winger Gabriel Obertan – who hadn’t made much of an impression – was replaced by Alex Gilliead for the second half.
United striker Adam Armstrong should have levelled in the 52nd minute after getting on the end of a good move involving Roberts and Olivier Kemen, but the striker shot narrowly wide.
Gillesphey, booked in the first half, was shown a second yellow for a foul on Harrison Chapman as the hour-mark approach.
Beardsley was forced to shore up his team with Callum Williams.
Ten-man Newcastle still pressed for an equaliser in a feisty final period, but Boro held on to claim all three points in front of a crowd of 761 fans.
NEWCASTLE UNITED: Woodman; Sterry, Sataka, Gillesphey, Laidler (Heardman, 78); Obertan (Gilliead, 46), Barlaser (Williams, 58), Kemen, Smith, Roberts; Armstrong. Subs not used: Woolston, Longstaff.
MIDDLESBROUGH: Ripley, Weledji, Jackson, Fry, Kitching, Maloney, Chapman, Tinkler (Wheatley, 77), Ledesma (Fewster, 90), Brobbel, Wildschut (McAloon, 46). Subs not used: Fryer, Cooke.
Goals: Ledesma 6
Bookings: Gillesphey 11, Kemen 13, Tinkler 48, Maloney 54, Gilliead 73
Sent off: Gillesphey 58
Refreree: Graeme Fyvie