After the recent purgatory
of Kingston Park, an expensively-assembled (£30m) United
reserve side revelled in the favourable conditions of St.
James' Park, comfortably overcoming an uninspiring Albion
And it was a case of all right on the night for Tommy
Craig's side, with all three goals coming down that flank.
As he had the last time the reserves were allowed on the
hallowed turf, back in April, Ambrose marked the occasion by
getting on the scoresheet.
LuaLua had put the Magpies ahead but a header at the Leazes
end was to be his final contribution to proceedings, as he
was then led from the pitch in something of a daze (no
change there then some would say).
1 min Dyer low effort wide of Leazes goal from just
3 mins Almost a calamity as the flight of a Dabizas
knock back seemed to deceive Bartlett, who scrambled back
and palmed the ball away via the post. WBA picked up the
loose ball but the Newcastle 'keeper was quick to make
amends by coming out quickly to gather at his feet.
11 mins United took the lead when Gate's cross from
the right was nodded home firmly by LuaLua from just
outside the six yard box. However he fell heavily in some
distress and was treated on the field, although he didn't
require the stretcher that belatedly arrived courtesy of
some strolling St.Johns boys and girls. 1:0
16 mins with LuaLua being led aware down the tunnel,
Lewis Guy was summoned to replace him up front.
26 mins Woodgate competed for the ball with Brown in
the shadow of the East stand near the halfway line and
noticeably limped away.
29 mins Woodgate cleared the ball, showing no
ill-effects from the earlier incident.
37 mins After a nondescript passage of play, Cave and
Brittain combined down the right and although the move broke
down, Dyer seized on a loose ball to test the 'keeper with
an angled shot from 10 yards.
47 mins first sight of goal for Guy, but he drove his
shot wide of the goal when one on one with the 'keeper.
51 mins Orr's tackle in midfield allowed Dyer to
break forward and make headway across the Baggie's box
before sending his reverse shot narrowly wide of the far
56 mins Woodgate dithered on the ball just outside
the Newcastle area and was caught in possession by two
attackers. The returning defender shoved the first before
flopping down on Brown as he looked to have got away for a
shot on goal.
Very fortunately the referee showed Woody only yellow and
Albion wasted the resultant free kick.
59 mins United doubled their lead with a neatly-taken
goal, Brittain's low cross to the near post being touched
back by Guy for the arriving Ambrose to plant the
ball in the bottom right hand corner of the Gallowgate net
from 15 yards 2:0
70 mins Another well-executed goal, as Newcastle
attacked in numbers and Guy chased a pass towards the
by-line before chipping it back in to the centre of the box.
Brittain saw his goalbound shot charged down, but Ambrose
picked up the ball and showed good composure to feign a shot
before taking a further stride and confidently beating the
'keeper from close range. 3:0
75 mins Guy found Brittain, who shot from a tight
angle on the right hand side of the box and was denied by a
81 mins Ambrose trying for his hat -trick sent a
curling right foot free kick narrowly wide of the 'keeper's
left hand post after Elliott had been clipped.
81 mins Dabizas and Woodgate replaced by Ramage and
84 mins Intricate passing move from the home side,
with good contributions from Elliott and Ambrose before Gate
sent his low measured shot from the edge of the area just
88 mins Guy again, unable to direct his shot on
target and force a save from the 'keeper.
90 mins The inevitable Cort chance, as the unmarked
striker planted his header from a right-wing Brittain centre
straight into the arms of the keeper.