Papiss Cisse was playing his first game of pre-season, and it was the first time we had seen him in the new Wonga shirt, and within three minutes the Senegal striker almost scored.
Dan Gosling got the ball and then put Cisse through, and when he was just inside the penalty area he mistimed his shot – but of course this man always gets into the positions to score, which is half the battle.
On 11 minutes Cisse gave the ball to Sammy Ameobi and the local lad made good progress down the wing before he cut inside, but the ball was out of play.
And then after 19 minutes Papiss Cisse did score, and he didn’t take long to break his duck, and it was a nice goal from Newcastle.
Cisse fed Sammy Ameobi on the left-wing, and Sammy fed Cisse with an almost perfect return pass, and the number 9 controlled the ball quickly and then hit the ball into the top corner of the net past a helpless David Cornell – pure class from Papiss.
Papiss Cisse – after scoring
Ameobi was having a very good game down the left-wing, and he got to the bye-line before crossing the ball to Dan Gosling, whose header produced an excellent save Cornell in the St. Mirren goal.
Cornell is a Welsh U21 International and is on a season long loan to St. Mirren from Swansea
And then after 26 minutes Newcastle for their second goal, and it was French International Mathieu Debuchy who scored.
Mathieu Debuchy scored after 26 minutes
Debuchy was put through by Vurnon Anita, and he beat the offside trap and finished very nicely with a shot that was low and hard into the back of the net.
And with 8 minutes to go to half time, former St. Mirren loan player Paul Dummett went very close as he played a pass to Cisse, and got the ball back and hit it well with his left foot, but it was just over the bar – that would have been some goal.
Half time came with Newcastle well on top, dominating the game and fully deserving their 2-0 advantage.
At the start of the second half Davide Santon came on at right back for goalscorer Mathieu Debuchy, with Paul Dummett continuing at left back.
And just three minutes into the second period Dan Gosling should have had Newcastle’s third goal after good work by Ben Arfa.
The Frenchman got the ball to Davide Santon who crossed nicely from the right-wing, and Gosling should really have buried his header, but he put it over the bar.
Newcastle were playing well and after 53 minutes Coloccini put a good long pass through to Cisse, and Papiss hit the ball first time, but it lacked power and Cornell was able to make the save.
Dan Gosling was showing up well in this game, and on the hour he was involved is two pieces of good play.
He made another good late run into the box to get onto the end of Santon’s cross, and he did well get his shot in but it was blocked.
And then Gosling put a ball through for Cisse but the striker hit his shot wide – but Newcastle were creating plenty of opportunities in this game, which is a good omen.
And a couple of minutes later Dummett gave the ball to Sammy Ameobi, who showed great skill in beating his man, and put over a cross which Gosling just missed as he slid in for the ball, and a defender was able to clear the ball.
After 65 minutes Alan Pardew made four changes and off went Hatem Ben Arfa, Dan Gosling, Rob Elliot and Papiss Cisse, and on came Yoan Gouffran, Haris Vuckic, Jak Alnwick and Adam Campbell.
And would you believe it but Dummett had another half chance to score after 70 minutes, when Vuckic got a free-kick and took it himself.
The Slovenian put the ball over to the far post and it was Dummett who got his head to the ball, but it was a tight angle and the ball went only just wide.
Two minutes later and it was Dummett again trying to score , and this time the Newcastle lad flashed teh ball only just wide – Dummett was again shown up well for Newcastle.
After 75 minutes Alan Pardew brought on local lad – 21 year-old Conor Newton for his first appearance of pre-season, and he replaced Cheick Tiote.
Conor got a great reception from the appreciative St. Mirren fans, for his outstanding loan spell at the Scottish club earlier this year, and of course he scored the winner in the Scottish League Cup Final against Hearts.
A nice gesture from manager Pardew.
On 83 minutes St. Mirren should really have scored, as Gary Teale set up the chance for Kelly, but he headed the ball wide of the goal.
And the final whistle was blown, and an easy and rather convincing victory for the Magpies tonight, and we’re sure Alan Pardew will be very happy with some of the performances he saw from some of his players.
St. Mirren (4-4-2): David Cornell; David van Zanten (Jason Naismith 86), Marc McAusland, Jim Goodwin (Darren McGregor 82), Danny Grainger; John McGinn (Kealan Dillon 86), Paul McGowan, Gary Harkins (Anton Brady 82), Gary Teale; Steven Thompson (Sean Kelly 82), Thomas Reilly
Subs not used: Christophe Dilo, Lee Mair, Mo Yaqub, Barry Cuddihy, Jon Scullion, Jordan Stewart
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot (Jak Alnwick 65); Mathieu Debuchy (Davide Santon 46), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Remie Streete 82), Fabricio Coloccini (c) (Mike Williamson 82), Paul Dummett; Vurnon Anita, Cheick Tiote (Conor Newton 75); Hatem Ben Arfa (Yoan Gouffran 65), Dan Gosling (Haris Vuckic 65), Sammy Ameobi; Papiss Cisse (Adam Campbell 65)
Sub not used: Michael Richardson
Referee: John Beaton