Half time: Shamrock 0 Newcastle 0
Taylor shot 1-0
88mins Ameobi deflected shot 2-0
89mins Ranger shot 3-0
Shamrock 0 Newcastle 3
Chris Hughton commented:
"I do not sense any frustration among the players
yet, probably because we had the first week at the training ground and
then we have been in Dublin. The first four days were in Newcastle but that
is usually quite a good time because they are catching up with each
other, telling stories and it is normally quite a good time for the
"Then it has helped coming away here because we are away from
Newcastle and we have been in a very, very good training complex where
we have been shielded away from everything else. But I accept that
might change from Monday once we are back in Newcastle.
"It will be a tough season in a tough league and
the aim has to be to come up straight away and whoever is in charge,
that will be their aim. I am getting on with the job in
hand and if there are other things going on, I am not aware of them.
From reading the speculation, there is plenty of interest at this
"I have worked with Alan (Shearer) towards the end of the
season and I have spoken to him about the structure we have in place
for pre-season regarding games which were organised by Alan, but we
have not talked about anything else. We would all like the situation
to be resolved as soon as possible but the players have to get on with
it and they know that.
"We don’t know anything, other than that there are groups interested.
We’re just getting on with our job, which is training up a group of players so
they are ready for the start of the season.
“We don’t know whether that’s
for one day or three days, one week or three weeks, but for as long as it
lasts we’ll be doing it to the best of our abilities. We hope to hear
something. But we’re the same as yesterday and the day before that –
Shamrock boss and former Magpie Michael O'Neill
United were without
Xisco Bassong and Gutierrez - who had all been involved with their
respective countries in post-season internationals (although Bassong
never actually appeared for Cameroon). Gone since last season were the
out-of-contract Edgar (Burnley), Owen (Manchester
United), Cacapa, Lovenkrands and Viduka (all
Andy Carroll had been sighted at the training camp held by
United at Carton House, Maynooth in the week leading up to this game,
but wasn't risked due to not being 100% fit. A similar situation saw
recovering hernia op victim Obafemi Martins miss out.
Andy McNeil (ex Hibs)
Alan Trouten (ex Clyde)
Barry Johnson (ex Cliftonville)
Ross Chisholm (ex Hibs)
Peter Gal Andrezly (ex Boro)
Pavol Jurco (ex Kosice)
may be no new owner, no chairman, no manager and no new faces, but United at
least managed to avoid the ignominy of losing their opening pre-season
fixture, thanks to second half strikes from Steven Taylor, Shola Ameobi and
Nile Ranger at a damp Tallaght Stadium.
Having played a League of Ireland fixture on the Friday night (winning 2-1
at Bray), former Magpie
Michael O'Neill relied on a second-choice XI for Saturday afternoon's
kickabout, with a clutch of reserve players joined by trialists.
Goalless at the interval, Rovers had been first to show when Steve Harper
was called into action in the opening seconds. After that though, the action
was mostly at the other end, Beye, Nolan and Duff trying their luck with
varying degrees of proficiency.
Fielding a completely different XI after the break and with the threatened
rain finally starting to come down, Ryan Taylor quickly tested Rovers
'keeper Andy McNeil with a free kick.
And within five minutes, the away fans clad in free orange rainjackets and
occupying uncovered temporary seating had a goal to celebrate - although
nobody was as excited as the scorer, Steven Taylor.
The defender latched on to a Kazenga LuaLua shot spilled by the Rovers
keeper and side-footed home.
Rovers wasted a golden chance to equalise when Pavol Jurco missed an open
goal after Tim Krul had kicked fresh air following a Ryan Taylor backpass.
The striker could only hit the post from a narrow angle but should have
found the unattended goal with 13 minutes remaining.
Ameobi then went on a mazy run in the penalty area before his shot from 12
yards deflected into the roof of the net on 88 minutes. And Ranger completed the scoring within a minute, having just come back on for
LuaLua, after McNeil had blocked a Shola shot, side-footing into the empty
net from 25 yards.