NILE Ranger struck twice as Newcastle swept into a 3-0 lead by the 49th minute – but the Magpies had to hold firm after Leeds scored twice in the next 10 minutes.
However, the Magpies passed the test of nerve, keeping Leeds at bay in the final half-hour to pick up their first win in four games.
Ranger, who was recruited from Southampton early this season, struck after just two minutes when a 40-yard Andrew Milne back-pass fell short of Matthew Edwards, and the rangy striker got in first to prod the ball round the Leeds keeper and run it into the open net.
With Newcastle well on top, Sam Ameobi shot over before Ranger made it 2-0 on 28 minutes.
Ameobi played a pass to the edge of the box where Ranger, with his back to goal, turned Milne and although he never hit the shot cleanly, it still had enough to find the bottom right corner.
Four minutes after the break James Tavernier’s great angled pass gave Jonny Godsmark the opening to cut the ball back from the byline and Michael McCrudden, 14 yards out, controlled and fired through a crowded box into the left corner.
Leeds looked dead and buried, but four minutes later Will Hatfield was brought down by Callum Morris in the box. Newcastle keeper Max Johnson dived left and got a hand to Hatfield’s spot-kick but could only push the ball up into the roof of the net.
Six minutes later, Michael Whitwell’s left-wing cross was headed firmly home by Leeds Sam Jerome and an improbable Leeds comeback was on the cards.
But Newcastle responded by sending on striker Phil Airey for midfielder Ameobi and dropping McCrudden back into his natural midfield role – and Leeds were unable to create another serious opening in the final half-hour.
NEWCASTLE UNITED UNDER-18s: Johnson; Newton, Morris, Tavernier, Ferguson, Godsmark, McDermott, Inman, Ameobi (sub Airey 54 (sub Folan 89)), McCrudden, Ranger. Subs (not used): Leadbitter, McLaughlin, D Williams.