Newcastle looked so much better tonight than they did at Orlando on Saturday, and the lads gave a good display and dominated the Columbus Crew throughout the game, with goals from Shola Ameobi, Fabricio Coloccini and the goal of the game from young Haris Vuckic in the last minute.
The game got under way and the Crew Stadium that holds 20,000, seemed only half full.
Newcastle played in their black and white strip and Columbus were in their yellow and black strip.
But Newcastle wasted no time in getting their very first goal on the American tour, after only 8 minutes, and it was local lad Ameobi who scored, and it was a good goal.
Crew captain Marshall passed the ball from the right inside to Eric Gehring, but the ball was not hit properly, and Ameobi challenged and robbed the defender, and then advanced into the penalty area.
Shola drew the keeper and then coolly slotted ball home past Gruenebaum, a great opportunist goal by the Newcastle striker.
Newcastle looked a lot better than they had done in Orlando on Saturday evening, and controlled the game for the first 20 minutes, and were looking neat and tidy.
Columbus were trying to play the offside trap, but were not doing a good job and a nice through ball by Marveaux found Ameobi only just offside.
After 25 minutes Columbus finally mounted a decent attack, and Ekpo beat both Enrique and Tiote and set up Grossman who from the edge of the area hit a good shot that fractionally wide of Harper’s right hand post.
The Crew continued to play the offside trap and Ba and Ameobi are dominant in the air against the shorter Columbus center-back pairing of Gehrig and Marshall.
On 34 minutes Anor held off Dan Gosling well, and got a shot in but it was well wide and Steve Harper in the Newcastle goal still has not made a save.
Then just before half time Tiote put a nice ball through to Ba, but the Columbus goalkeeper came off his line and outside the penalty box he handled the ball intentionally – and was sent off.
The referee had little choice but to show the red card, and it seemed a silly thing for the goalkeeper to do, but the Crew were down to 10 men.
Chris Konopka, the substitute goalkeeper was brought on, and it was striker Emilio Renteria who was the player taken off.
At half time Newcastle were still 1-0 up and were looking so much better than at Orlando, and hopefully the lads could get their much needed first win of the pre-season.
Newcastle made no changes at half time but Columbus made six subs at halftime.
The half started and Jose Enrique tweeted down the left wing (sorry about that one), and then pulled ths ball back nicely, but Dan Gosling hit the ball wide from just seven yards out – it could have been 2-0.
But Newcastle didn’t have to wait too long and after 51 minutes were 2-0 up.
Sylvain Marveaux sent in a free kick and the ball was loose in the box, and would you believe it, captain Coloccini got the ball and shot home from 10 yards right into the corner of the net – an excellent goal from the Argentine.
But that’s the end of the game for Fabricio, and he made way for 19 year-old local lad, Paul Dummett, who joined the squad only on Sunday for the injured Ryan Taylor, and Harper got the armband.
Newcastle went for the third goal, but after 55 minutes it was Cheick Tiote who picked up his customary yellow card.
On 58 minutes it was Dummett who got his first action, and it was a good header away from a cross.
Newcastle dominated Columbus’ 10 men and Tiote was replaced by Alan Smith on the hour mark, after Gutierrez had gone close with a good shot that was deflected, and almost squeezed in.
Paul Dummett looked solid in Newcastle’s defense as did James tavernier, and both youngsters were acquitting themselves well at the back for the Magpies.
On 73 minutes goal-scorer Ameobi was replaced by Leon Best and then it seems that Sylvain Marveaux had taken a knock and he was replaced by 18 yera-old Haris Vuckic.
Marveaux’s injury didn’t look too bad (fingers crossed) and the Frenchman was able to jog off the pitch.
At this stage of the game Smith and Vuckic played in central midfield and Steve Harper still hadn’t had much to do at all, with Newcastle still well on top.
On 80 minutes Dan Gosling went close and his first shot was beaten away by Konopka and Dan tried to put the rebound home, but he was tackled at the last second.
Gosling had a solid game tonight and looked good throughout and looked full of energy.
Newcastle went 3-0 up on 90 minutes and it was a wonderful goal from 18 year-old Slovenian Haris Vuckic, who has an eye for goal, as we keep saying.
Newcastle counter attacked from defending a corner quickly, and Vuckic found himself with the ball on the left hand corner of the box, and he hit a magnificent curling shot into the top left hand corner of the goal – what a goal from the youngster!
The final whistle blew and Newcastle won this game convincingly, and there were lots of positives for Alan Pardew to take out of the game tonight.
Job well done and a great way to finish the American tour.
Next up are Leeds United at Elland Road on Sunday.
Columbus Crew: Andy Gruenebaum, Sebastian Miranda, Chad Marshall (c), Eric Gehrig, Shaun Francis. Emmanuel Ekpo, Kevin Burns, Cole Grossman, Bernardo Anor. Emilio Renteria, Tommy Heinemann.
Subs: Chris Konopka, Josh Gardner, Julius James, Korey Veeder, Eddie Gaven, Santiago Prim, Robbie Rogers, Dejan Rusmir, Ben Sippola, Aaron Horton, Justin Meram.
Newcastle United: Steve Harper, James Tavernier, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Jose Enrique. Jonas Gutierrez, Cheik Tiote, Dan Gosling, Sylvain Marveaux. Shola Ameobi, Demba Ba.
Subs- Tim Krul, Fraser Forster, Paul Dummett, Alan Smith, Mehdi Abeid, Haris Vuckic, Leon Best