17 mins Ambrose
40 mins Ameobi 2-0
44 mins Ameobi 3-0
Half time: Newcastle 3 Middlesbrough 0
Full time: Newcastle 3 Middlesbrough 0
Two goal Shola Ameobi commented:
"Two goals is good for the confidence. When
you come down to play at reserve level you have to try and help out the younger
lads and the four of us helped contribute to a good performance.
"I knew the manager was
watching the game and so it was important to try and give a good display to help
my chances of getting into the first team.
"Every game like that helps
and gives the manager something to think about hopefully."
Magpies reserve coach Tommy Craig was a happy man
after his side returned to winning ways on Monday evening at Kingston Park,
describing the 3-0 win over Middlesbrough as our best display of the season.
Coming on the back of two successive 0-3 home reverses, those who bothered to
turn out were treated to an opening 45 minute burst from a strengthened line-up
- Harper, Milner, Ameobi and Ambrose being drafted in from the first team pool.
We were ahead in the 17th
minute, as Brittain's deep cross from the right was knocked back across the
penalty area by O'Brien for Ambrose to instinctively knock the ball home past
stranded 'keeper Carlo Nash.
And within 90 seconds it could have been 2-0 when Ameobi played in Milner, only
for the reserve team debutant to drag his shot narrowly wide.
More good work from Ameobi and Ambrose on 25 minutes presented Milner with
another shooting opportunity, but this time Nash was equal to his effort.
Further Newcastle goals always looked likely, but it wasn't until the 40th
minute that the Ambrose/Milner/Ameobi trio swung into meaningful action again,
the former Ipswich midfielder finding the ex-Leeds lad on the right byline,
Ameobi knocking home from close range to double our advantage.
'Keeper Steve Harper was then called into action at the other end, making a good
fingertip stop to divert David Wheater's close range effort onto the crossbar,
with the Boro defender then blasting the rebound over.
And there was just time before the interval for the goal of the night, as Ameobi
strode forward to stroke home a majestic curling strike from 25 yards that
rattled in off the bar.
As is often the case, the
second period failed to live up to the goal action of the opening 45, neither
side adding to the scoreline - although the visitors did come close in the
latter stages through Job and Graham, while Ambrose had our best chance.
However, while the result boosted the reserve squad, spare a thought for
strikers Lewis Guy and Guy Bates, who weren't called on from the bench tonight
but have borne the striking burden for much of the season and are still both to
get off the mark.
With Ambrose and Milner playing for the full 90, either or both lads would
surely have been grateful for the chance to get a crack at Boro in the closing
stages to try and break their duck, with the aid of some better service than
they've been used to.