TEENAGE footballer Phil Airey starred for a Newcastle United XI on Saturday, with the Toon beating Berwick Rangers 2-1 in a pre-season friendly.
The 19-year-old from Acklington, who was a pupil at Amble’s Coquet High School, which is now James Calvert Spence College – Acklington Road, impressed at Shielfield Park with his pace and movement and he was denied a goal in the first half thanks to a save by Rangers keeper David Crawford.
Rangers produced a competitive performance and had the better chances over the full 90 minutes.
Striker Fraser McClaren could have had a hat-trick on another day, hitting the post and later the crossbar as well as being denied by a stunning save from Toon keeper Ole Soderberg.
Newcastle played in their new orange away kit and the visitors opened the scoring when former Sochaux youngster Yven Moyo dribbled past two defenders and rifled home after 40 minutes.
The Toon extended the lead after 70 minutes with a deflected drive by Brandon Miele.
Rangers pulled back the deficit in the 75th minute when McClaren sent Soderberg the wrong way with a penalty-kick.