Newcastle United’s under-23 victory over Sunderland only served to showcase the wealth of young talent being nurtured in the North East.
We take a look at NINE of the best performers on the evening, who could be set to stake their claim for a first team place moving forward.
Scroll down and click through the pages to see who caught the eye:
1. JAKE TURNER
While he had little to do at St James's Park, Turner showed one real moment of quality to deny Stan Asomugha - pulling off a fine one-handed stop to prevent Sunderland drawing level. While there is a queue of experienced stoppers ahead of him at the moment, Turner could well be one to watch in the coming years. Photo: Charlotte Tattersall
2. ANTHONY PATTERSON
The Sunderland stopper could do nothing about the two goals he conceded, and indeed he made a number of smart stops to keep the scoreline down. He's already impressed Phil Parkinson during his early months at the Academy of Light, and could be in line for first-team chances in the future. Photo: FRANK REID
3. JACK YOUNG
Young dictated the game from minute one, sitting in front of the Newcastle back four and spreading possession out to the flanks. It was a mature performance from the 19-year-old, and one which may have caught the eye of the Newcastle coaching staff. Photo: Charlotte Tattersall
4. STAN ASOMUGHA
On trial from West Bromwich Albion, Asomugha put in an eye-catching display with his raw pace and skill helping to drive the Black Cats forward while posing plenty of questions for the Newcastle backline. He's one to watch, particularly if Sunderland make his stay a permanent one. Photo: Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC