Toure shot. 1-0
16 mins Cumbreras shot. 2-0
17 mins Toure shot. 3-0
18 mins Watts shot. 4-0
22 mins Fewster shot. 4-1
23 mins Longelo volley. 5-1
43 mins Fewster shot. 5-2
Half time: Magpies 5 Spartans 2
60 mins Watts header. 6-2
90 mins Watts shot. 7-2
Full time: Magpies 7 Spartans 2
United U23s began their defence
of the Northumberland Senior Cup in emphatic style on Tuesday - aided
by their National League North opponents opting to field a weakened side in
In the same competition a year ago, Blyth made a raft of changes to their side
and were beaten 2-8 by Morpeth Town - history almost repeating itself at
This time round, former Magpie reserve Alun Armstrong chose to rest his
players in the wake of last weekend's effort-laden FA Trophy loss at Leyton
Orient and with one eye on Saturday's league tussle against Darlington - a
potentially vital afternoon in the race for a promotion playoff place.
Magpies coach Ben Dawson had selection issues of his own, having seen a
handful of his players depart on loan last month - including top scorers Elias
Sorensen and Callum Roberts, who between them had netted 31 times in league
and cup games this season.
However that opened the door for other players to show their prowess, forward
Yannick Toure, wideman Rosaire Longelo and attacking midfielder Juan Cumbreras
in the first eleven instead of substitute selections.
And while Victor Fernandez and Lewis McNall remain sidelined, there were
comebacks from injury for both Lewis Cass and Tyrique Bartlett - while Adam
Wilson was spotted taking part in the warm-up, although not included in the
Although Blyth had an early shooting chance, the opening goal arrived on seven minutes when Toure
easily converted a low cross from the right by Cass. Rich pickings down that
flank for United then saw Cumbreras, Toure
and Kelland Watts all net in rapid succession as the hosts ran riot.
Cumbreras got his goal on 16 minutes when Rosaire Longelo
centred from the right for the Spaniard to knock home a mirror image of the
opener. And within a minute the visitors were caught napping completely and
the unmarked Toure almost
apologetically shot home from Longstaff's through ball.
Just 60 seconds later it was 4-0 when Watts had time to pick his spot from the edge of the box.
Blyth pulled one back in the 22nd minute when Bradley Fewster tucked away a
cross from former Magpie Jamie Holmes but a minute later United had a fifth
when Longelo took the ball on his chest and volleyed in from
just inside the box.
Two minutes before the break Blyth got their second when Adam Wrightson got
into the box from the right and fed
Fewster who netted again.
The early stages of the second half saw United create but waste a trio of
chances, with Toure and substitute Luke Charman missing the target and the
latter denied by Bradley Skirpan's acrobatics.
Further home goals did arrive though, Watts headed in from close range following a
corner for his second and United's sixth. Skirpan then equal to shots from Olly Walters and Cumbreras, but
Watts completed his hat-trick in the final seconds after a ball to the back post was nodded into his path.
The tie ended 7-2 - matching last season's Senior Cup Quarter Final at the
same venue, when the now defunct Blyth AFC were beaten by that same score.