earlier-than-expected opening friendly at Harrogate Town on Sunday, United's
U23s began their scheduled programme away to the National League North Quakers
And fittingly for a town made famous by the exploits of Tyneside railway
pioneers George and Robert Stephenson, it was their namesake Dylan who
belatedly brought goals for Newcastle.
Managed by SJP old boy Alun Armstrong, Darlington included former Magpie reserve
Luke Charman in the line-up and he was denied a 21st minute opener against
his old side by a timely block from Remi Savage.
With the hosts wearing a yellow change kit, a black and white club United went in front seven minutes before the break
when Tom Allan's solo run into the box ended with a confident low shot to the
Reappearing with a completely different XI for the second half, Chris Hogg's
side conceded a 51st minute equaliser when a set piece from the right was
forced home from close range.
Darlington's Lexus Beeden was given the goal but the vital touch to beat substitute goalkeeper Max
Thompson looked to be from a visiting player.
Newcastle regained the lead in the 79th minute when Rosaire Longelo pushed
forward through the centre and played in Dylan Stephenson to fire
past substitute 'keeper, Lucas Martin, as he came off his line.
And it was Stephenson who got United's third in the first minute of added
time after Darlington lost possession in midfield; Joe White releasing
Stephenson to net with a routine finish in front of the Tin Shed.