Friday evening saw Newcastle's U23 see off the
challenge of city neighbours Newcastle
Benfield to seal a place in the Northumberland Senior Cup Final.
Callum Roberts fired United ahead after 20 minutes at Whitley Park, gathered the ball on the right flank,
cutting inside and shooting low inside the near post.
That lead was doubled in the 37th minute when Victor Fernandez and Tyrique
Bartlett tried to exchange passes and the ball broke free to Mo Sangare
who side-footed past the 'keeper.
The Northern League side missed the chance to go ahead earlier in the tie, Jon Mellish
straight at goalkeeper Paul Woolston in only the sixth minute.
Roberts and Sangare then went close before the break but
both fired narrowly wide.
Roberts had a shot well saved after a mazy run in the 74th minute but
sealed the victory seven minutes later when he swept in a left wing cross
from Callum Smith
Two minutes before United's third, ex-Magpie Paul Brayson should have
notched yet another goal for Benfield but with the goal at his mercy,
side-footed wide when it looked easier to score.
The Magpies could have added to their tally but Andrew Grainger
saved well from Fernandez, Owen Gallacher and Roberts in the final few
minutes - the crossbar also coming to his aid.
Having last lifted this trophy back in 2014, Northern League leaders Morpeth Town
now await in the final, which will be played at St. James' Park (date tbc).