DAN Barlaser capped a memorable day with a goal for Newcastle United – but the Under-21s suffered an agonising late defeat to Arsenal.
Austin Lipman claimed all three points for the visitors at St James’s Park tonight with an injury-time strike.
Teenager Barlaser scored in the club’s 2-1 defeat – just hours after signing his first professional deal.
Gateshead-born Barlaser has signed what United described as a “long-term deal” with his boyhood club.
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The 17-year-old cancelled out Alex Iwobi’s first-half strike with a well-executed volley in the 56th minute after Arsenal failed to properly clear a ball from Adam Armstrong.
A crowd of 1,305 saw Newcastle, captained by fit-again defender Curtis Good, more than hold their own against a talented Arsenal team in the Under-21 Premier League fixture.
United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman made a late double save from Renny Smith and Aaron Eyoma.
But Lipman netted a cross from Eyoma in added time to condemn Newcastle to a defeat.
NEWCASTLE UNITED: Woodman; Sterry, Satka, Gillesphey, Good (Laidler, 46); Barlaser, Williams, Smith, Gilliead; Heardman (Quinn, 80), Armstrong. Subs not used: Harker, Broccoli, Ward.
ARSENAL: Iliev, Smith, O’Connor, Dobson, Bola, Kamara (Chatzitheodoridis, 90), Maitland-Niles, Zelalem (Eyoma, 81), Crowley, Gnabry (Lipman, 68), Iwobi, Subs not used: Huddart, Wright.