PAPISS Demba Cisse marked his return to action with a stunning goal for Newcastle United.
The striker opened the scoring in tonight’s 2-0 win over Scottish Premier League side St Mirren in Paisley.
Cisse, making his first appearance for the club since agreeing to wear a Wonga-branded jersey last week, curled a right-footed shot past David Cornell in the 20th minute.
Defender Mathieu Debuchy doubled Newcastle’s advantage seven minutes later after latching on to a through ball from Vurnon Anita.
Midfielder Dan Gosling, on his seasonal debut, also impressed in a lively first-half performance from United.
Newcastle, led by Fabricio Coloccini, couldn’t add to their advantage after the break.
Midfielder Conor Newton - who scored what turned out to be St Mirren’s winning goal in their Scottish League Cup final win while on loan at the club last season - came off the bench to make his first appearance of the campaign.
Newton and defender Paul Dummett - who also had a spell at the club last term - were warmly applauded by the home fans.
ST MIRREN: Cornell, Van Zanten, McAusland, Reilly, Teale, Goodwin, McGinn, Harkins, Thompson, McGowan, Granger.
NEWCASTLE UNITED: Elliot (Alnwick, 66); Debuchy (Santon, 46), Yanga-Mbiwa (Williamson, 82), Coloccini (Streete, 82), Dummett; Anita, Tiote (Newton, 76); Ben Arfa (Gouffran, 66), Gosling (Vuckic, 66), Sammy Ameobi; Cisse (Campbell, 66). Subs: Richardson.
Goals: Cisse 19, Debuchy 26
Referee: John Beaton
Attendance: 4,216 (709 Newcastle)