Newcastle United hit seven past Blyth Spartans to move into semi-finals of Northumberland Senior Cup
The Newcastle United Under 23s met Blyth Spartans on Tuesday night.
A sparse crowd of 248 were treated to nine goals on the night, a fitting reward for turning out on a cold night.
The spectators watching on as Newcastle easily advanced into the semi-finals of the Northumberland Senior Cup with a 7-2 thrashing of the visiting Blyth Spartans.
Seven goals in the opening 45 minutes, including three for Newcastle in the space of two minutes, saw United threatening to run up an embarrassing scoreline.
However, there was an additional storyline to the night as it was effectively Newcastle United reserves v Blyth Spartan reserves.
Normally, these games are a tough/good test for the young NUFC players, up against older players making up the first teams of local non-league clubs.
However, on Saturday Blyth Spartans had a massive match down in London when they were unlucky to lose to an 84th minute goal against Leyton Orient in the FA Trophy.
The knock-on effect was that Blyth were forced to make 10 changes in total against Newcastle, with their physio at left-back and a debutant keeper, as well as two debutant centre-halves.
Newcastle took the lead through Yannick Toure on seven minutes, then a further three goals in three minutes (15th to 18th minute) saw it looking likely to be a punishing night for the visitors.
Juanito Cumbreras, Toure and Kelland Watts making it 4-0.
However, Spartans didn’t give up, pulling one back on 21 minutes and another a minute before half-time.
In between those two though, it was another for Newcastle on 23 minutes.
At first it was credited as Yannick Toure completing a 16 minute hat-trick but then announced as a goal for Rosaire Longelo instead.
As often happens, such an action packed opening half was followed by a more sedate 45 minutes after the break.
Kelland Watts adding his second and Newcastle’s sixth on the hour mark, then in the final seconds he grabbed his hat-trick, to give a 7-2 final scoreline.
Newcastle United U23s 7 Blyth Spartans 2
Newcastle United Under-23s:
Nathan Harker, Lewis Cass (Luke Charman 45), Oliver Walters, Kelland Watts, Oisin McEntee, Owen Bailey (c), Tom Allan, Matthew Longstaff, Yannick Touré (Mo Sangare 69), Juanito, Rosaire Longelo (Tyrique Bartlett 80)
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