Sydney FC 0 Newcastle United 4: Riviere, de Jong, Armstrong and Yanga-Mbiwa on target in New Zealand

ON TARGET ... Newcastle's Siem de Jong.
ON TARGET ... Newcastle's Siem de Jong.

NEWCASTLE United showed no signs of jet lag as they romped to a 4-0 win over Australian club Sydney FC in Dunedin.

Boss Alan Pardew would have been delighted with the display in the first-half, in particular.

TALENTED ... Newcastle and England's Adam Armsrtong.

TALENTED ... Newcastle and England's Adam Armsrtong.

Newcastle were simply too quick and too polished for their A-League opposition.

A strong Toon XI started the game and roared to a 3-0 lead by half-time.

Both teams had a couple of sniffs at goal in the opening minutes under the roof at Forsyth Barr Stadium.

Then, in the space of 14 minutes, Newcastle produced a withering attacking period which shattered Sydney’s confidence and put the result well beyond doubt.

The opening goal came in the 19th minute after a goalkeeping howler from Sydney stopper Ivan Necevski.

On the edge of the box, Necevski fluffed a clearance which fell straight at the feet of striker Emmanuel Riviere.

The Frenchman, on his debut, calmly fed Siem de Jong, whose strike was clean and straight. It was a second goal in two games for the Dutchman.

Yoan Gouffran was leading the siege on Sydney’s line and he provided the assist for the second goal just seven minutes later.

Finding space on the right, Gouffran slid the ball along the deck to Riviere for his first goal in Newcastle colours.

The Australians still appeared to be running on Sydney time and could not cope with Newcastle’s pace on the flanks.

Full-back Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa came forward to join the fun, and he made it 3-0 with a powerful blast which was deflected into the goal by Sydney captain Sasa Ognenovski.

The rest of the first half unfolded relatively quietly. Sydney produced a couple of promising attacking forays but they were quickly snuffed out by Newcastle defender Fabricio Coloccini.

It was no surprise the game rather lost its shape in the second half.

Both sides made multiple substitutions, and there was a clear sense Newcastle were happy to sit back and defend their lead.

A couple of Jack Colback corners came to nothing, and there were several long-range efforts which did not really test the Sydney goal.

It seemed 3-0 was to remain the final score until two Newcastle Academy graduates combined to make it four.

Adam Campbell found space in the middle and fed Adam Armstrong, pictured, who cut inside one defender and evaded a second to finish neatly with his left foot.

Before kick-off, Newcastle boss Pardew and captain Coloccini laid wreaths on the seats that were to have been occupied by fans John Alder and Liam Sweeney.

The team also warmed up in shirts bearing messages of tribute to the pair, who were on their way to New Zealand when they perished in the Malaysia Airlines flight above Ukraine.

And, during the game, the crowd clapped in the 28th and 63rd minutes to mark the respective ages of the fans.

Newcastle now head to Wellington to play the Phoenix on Saturday as part of a double-header.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Elliot, Yanga-Mbiwa, Coloccini (Campbell), S Taylor (Satka), Haidara (Dummett), Anita, Colback (Abied), Gouffran (Armstrong), De Jong (Vuckic), Aarons (Ameobi), Riviere (Perez).