17 mins Barrowman shot 0-1
Kilkenny shot 0-2
Half time: Blues 2 Newcastle 0
Two first half goals from the
home side meant that Tommy Craig's reserves left St.Andrew's empty-handed on
Tuesday - and added a further name to United's sick list.
Although United were able to call upon Australian international defender
Craig Moore for the first time since early August his comeback lasted only
45 minutes before he limped from the field at St.Andrew's and failed to
reappear for the second half.
City had taken the lead on 17 minutes, when David Dunn set up Andrew
Barrowman to shoot on goal and the Glaswegian-born striker powered his
effort past Tim Krul.
And the Blues doubled their lead seconds before the interval, when Neil
Kilkenny shot home from distance.
Kilkenny was the youngster who made the headlines last month when a handball
saw his Premiership debut cut short by a red card.
The Magpies renewed their efforts to get back into the game in the second
half, with the woodwork preventing Michael Chopra from scoring in his fourth
successive reserve outing, on 52 minutes.
And nine minutes later the striker had the ball in the Blues net, only for
an offside flag to deny him and United.
PS: There was a late change to the Magpies lineup, with Shola Ameobi
being withdrawn from the side, despite his inclusion on the teamsheet.
This was subsequently confirmed as being due to Michael Owen pulling out of
training and being doubtful for Sunday, Ameobi being held back as cover.
Marc Walton stepped up from the bench in Shola's place, leaving United
with only four subs.