A healthy crowd of over three thousand toon fans and a handful of mackems, saw a final score of Newcastle 5 Sunderland 0.

Seven years to the day since Ryan Taylor scored the ‘over the wall’ winner on Wearside, Newcastle United’s second string enjoyed a rare derby experience at St James Park.

It was the first meeting for a good few years, Sunderland relegated to the second tier of the reserve set-up meaning they at last once again played their Under 23 local rivals in a league match.

A strong looking Newcastle side quickly took charge and midway through the first half they were two up and the game effectively won.

Just before the 20 minute mark Callum Roberts put in a free-kick that was headed against the bar, then struck Owen Bailey before ending up in the net.

A few minutes later it was Roberts himself getting on the scoresheet, doubling the lead with a smart low finish.

Luke Charman then added two more goals after the break, before 18 year old Danish striker Elias Sorenesen came off the bench to conclude the scoring  with five minutes remaining.

Only a fool would suggest that this is anything more than a reserve match win but nice for the younger Newcastle players to get a lift with a derby win over their local rivals, plus of course play in front of a decent crowd at St James Park.

Brothers Sean and Matty Longstaff played the last half hour together, after the younger brother (Matty) came on with half an hour remaining.

Newcastle United Under 23s:

Woodman, Sterry, O’Connor (M.Longstaff 59), Watts, Cass, Bailey, Barlaser, Allan (Wilson 52), S.Longstaff, Roberts, Charman (Sorensen 76)