Half time: Newcastle 0 Smogs 1
47 mins Hines shot 0-1
Full time: Newcastle Smogs 2
68 mins Hutchinson header 0-2
Having seen his senior side lose their unbeaten
record on Monday, Sam Allardyce was at St.James' Park the following evening to
see his second string similarly beaten.
A more experienced Boro side scored a goal in the closing stages of both halves
to maintain their own good start to the season.
However things could have been far bleaker for the home side, had it not been
for a series of noteworthy stops from goalkeeper Fraser Forster.
With Lee Clark only able to select Matty Pattison and David Edgar who had any
senior experience, the Teessiders fielded no less than eight current and former
That included the out-of-favour former Valencia, Lazio and Barcelona midfielder
Gaizka Mendieta and South Korean striker Gong-Dook Lee.
New Egyptian signing Mohamed Shawky made his first appearance in English
football, watched by his fellow countryman Mido from the SJP Director's Box.
With Forster already earning his money, United were forced into a change when
Alex Francis was stretchered off with his right leg strapped up, Callum Morris
The visitors continued to dominate but it took until the 40th minute for them to
open the scoring, Seb Hines hooking into the Gallowgate goal from close range
after Forster had parried Craddock's original effort.
Some half time dressing room discussions saw the Magpies emerge in a more
competitive spirit, managing for the first time in the game to play in the
opposition half of the field.
However our set pieces continued to mirror the first team in their lack of
direction, culminating in us missing a golden opportunity to get back on level
Young striker Ryan Donaldson had been on the field for just five minutes when he
was entrusted with a penalty kick - awarded when Kazenga LuaLua tumbled under
challenge from McMahon.
However, Brad Jones blocked his effort, having earlier kept out LuaLua's
attempts on goal.
Sadly for Lee Clark's side that was to be the closest they came to scoring, on a
night when there was clear effort but inspiration remained in short supply.
And Boro sealed the victory on 89 minutes after Owen found space down the left
to cross for Ben Hutchinson to convert with a glancing header.