Newcastle won their second pre-season game today 4-0 against Sydney FC at the Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand and Newcastle were 3-0 up at half time, and it was a dominant display from start to finish from the Magpies.
Emmanuel Riviere scored his first goal for the club
And before the game manager Alan Pardew and captain Fabricio Coloccini laid wreaths at the seats of our two fans – John Alder and Liam Sweeney – who tragically lost their lives while traveling to the game – when their Malaysian jet was shot down over Ukraine last Thursday.
It was a poignant moment before the game kicked off, and the Newcastle fans clapped as a solemn looking Alan Pardew laid the wreath – some class from the club right there before the game – and our lads did John and Liam proud tonight – well done.
The laying of the wreath is on the video below.
Newcastle went ahead after 19 minutes and it was that man Siem de Jong again, as the Sydney goalkeeper Necevski miskicked a back pass, and he was dispossessed by new boy Riviere and de Jong put Newcastle 1-0 ahead by coolly dispatching the ball into the back of the net – this lad is going to get some goals for us net season.
And then it was Emmanuel Riviere who put Newcastle 2-0 up 7 minutes later, as Gouffran provided the striker with the ball for Riviere to slot the ball home from close range to make it 2-0.
After 33 minutes it was a rare goal from Yanga-Mbiwa as the full back took a speculative shot on goal, and it was a deflection off one of the Sydney defenders that took the ball past goalkeeper Ivan Necevski and into the back of the net
It was 3-0 at the half, and Newcastle could have had even more goals, and in the second half they saw the game out and coasted, and young Adam Armstrong scored after 82 minutes to make the score 4-0 – and it was an excellent win for Newcastle United.
Adam Campbell set up his fellow Geordie in great style, and the 17 year-old Armstrong showed some class, after only being on the filed for 6 minutes, as he beat his marker before coolly dispatching the ball into the back of the net with his left foot.
Here’s some video from the New Zealand press for the goals – you’ll have to put up with a few adverts first – but it’s worth it and it’s a good video that shows all Newcastle’s goals.
It was a very good performance from Newcastle in honor of our fallen fans John Alder and Liam Sweeney – who well never forget.
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Steven Taylor (Lubo Satka 76), Fabricio Coloccini (c) (Adam Campbell 82), Massadio Haidara (Paul Dummett 76); Vurnon Anita, Jack Colback (Mehdi Abeid 68); Yoan Gouffran (Adam Armstrong 76), Siem de Jong (Haris Vuckic 46), Rolando Aarons (Sammy Ameobi 68); Emmanuel Riviere (Ayoze Perez 55)
Subs not used: Jak Alnwick, Freddie Woodman
Sydney FC (4-4-2): Ivan Necevski; Sebastian Ryall, Sasa Ognenovski (c), Nikola Petkovic, Alexander Gersbach (Matthew Jurman 68); Ali Abbas, Nick Carle (Milos Dimitrijevic 56), Terry Antonis, Alex Brosque (Peter Trantis 63); Corey Gameiro (Max Burgess 81), Bernie Ibini-Isei
Subs not used: Vedran Janjetovic, Pedj Bojic, George Timotheu, Themba Muata-Marlow
Referee: Campbell-Kirk Waugh
Bookings: Newcastle – none; Sydney – Petkovic (40), Ognenovski (72)