Charman shot. 1-0
10 mins Charmsn header. 2-0
Half time: Magpies 2 U's 0
49 mins Sangare shot 3-0
Full time: Magpies 3 U's 0
Having already confirmed their last 16 qualification, the
U23s rounded off their Group stage fixtures in the Premier League Cup on
Monday with the victory that confirmed them as Group D winners.
Their opponents at chilly Whitley Park
were already unable to qualify and it took took just seven minutes for United
to open the scoring.
Magpies forward Luke Charman struck twice against Colchester in Essex before
Christmas and again found them to his liking, finished off a move involving
both Victor Fernandez and Mo Sangare.
And within three minutes he'd done it again, this time heading in a left
wing cross from Fernandez.
Newcastle thought they'd added a third on 16th minutes when a Callum Roberts corner
ended up in the net seemingly without a touch, but the linesman had spotted
some pulling and it was ruled out.
Two minutes later Fernandez showed great skill to get to the byline and
stood up a cross but the ball was hooked away from the danger zone. De Carrey Sheriff went close for the U's in the 23rd minute when he made
contact with a right wing cross but put it a yard wide in a rare attack.
There was a six minute delay before half-time when Magpies defender Curtis Good challenged
Sheriff and the visiting player had to be stretchered off.
Four minutes after the break the Magpies increased the lead when Sangare
took a layoff from Charman, drove into the box and fired in a low left foot
Newcastle's Owen Bailey became the second player to leave on a stretcher in the 56th
minute after going down under an innocuous-looking tackle.
The visitors threatened Otto Huuhtanen's goal in the second period but he
did well to deny Paul Rooney, Tarryn Allaraghia and
Tario Issa while Wright, Issa and Elijah Phipps should all have netted.
Making a temporary return from his loan at Crewe in order to get some pitch
time, midfielder Dan Barlaser then fired in a late 25-yard free-kick but it was superbly turned
over by Dominic Kurasik.
Joining Newcastle in the last 16 of the competition are Swansea City, Derby
County, Middlesbrough, Blackburn Rovers, Southampton, Wolves, Bournemouth, Aston Villa, Leicester City,
Everton, Liverpool, Bristol City, Exeter City and Brighton & Hove Albion.
That lineup will be completed by either Ipswich Town or Sheffield United
depending on the result of the final game in their group, which was
With thanks to GW