Two excellent goals from full-back Rob Nizet gave Norwich City Under-23s an impressive 2-0 win over Newcastle United U23s at Northumberland FA on Monday, lifting them up to second in Premier League 2 Division 2.
City had the first chance of the game, a long ball over the top reaching Josh Giurgi, who brought it down before firing wide five minutes in.
Jaden Warner was next to go close, heading wide from a Zach Dronfield corner as the visitors took control of the opening period.
Stan Flaherty, who looked like a handful throughout all of the first half for Newcastle, gave the hosts their first chance when he fired over the bar from distance, before an Elliot Anderson corner was headed over by Yannick Toure.
Jon McCracken kept the scores level in the 20th minute, saving at his near post to deny Toure, who had found space on the left wing.
Toure continued to look dangerous, delivering a cross for Anderson to head straight at McCracken moments later.
Ethen Vaughan put his head where it hurts to clear a dangerous Newcastle free-kick with half-time approaching, before City took the lead on the brink of the break.
They did so in some style, Dronfield playing a deep free-kick short to Nizet who, with time to weigh up his options, leathered a piledriver into the top left corner from distance, the ball curling beautifully away from Mark Gillespie to give the Canaries the lead.
Newcastle came close twice early in the second half, Flaherty having a shot saved at the near post by McCracken, before Anderson's effort went straight at the City 'keeper.
McCracken continued to deny Anderson, doing so again with a great save as the Newcastle forward shot with power from a narrow angle.
Despite the home side applying more of the pressure as they looked for an equaliser in the second half, it was City who got the next goal on the break.
Nizet was in space on the left-wing as Norwich counter-attacked with speed and precision. The ball was worked out the the left-back, who took it down well and found the far corner precisely for his brace.
William Hondermarck curled a shot over the bar from Vaughan's cross as David Wright's side looked for their third to put the game to bed.
At the other end, McCracken was adamant about keeping a clean sheet, diving to his right spectacularly to save Flaherty's free-kick before Josh Giurgi was sent through on goal, the City forward shooting wide.
Newcastle had the ball in the net late on, but Anderson was ruled to be offside with his header, Norwich holding on to the clean sheet and the three points.
Newcastle United XI: Gillespie, Swailes, Francillette, Cross, Midgley, Brookwell, Scott (Longelo 62'), Anderson, Flaherty (Indalecio (82'), Toure, Trialist
Subtitutes: Rounsfell, Thompson
Bookings: Toure (67'), Brookwell (79'), Anderson (81')
Norwich City XI: McCracken, Vaughan, Warner, Tomkinson, Nizet, Springett (Jackson 90'), Dronfield, Khumbeni, Hondermarck (Rowe 79'), Dennis, Giurgi (Kamara 87')
Goals: Nizet (45', 68')
Bookings: Jackson (90+1')