Newcastle United pick a team which can actually score goals at St James’s Park

CHALLENGE ... Newcastle's Kevin Mbabu in action against Blyth. (Photograph by NEIL SMITH)
CHALLENGE ... Newcastle's Kevin Mbabu in action against Blyth. (Photograph by NEIL SMITH)

JONATHYN Quinn told of his pride after he and his Under-21 team-mates finally brought goals to Newcastle - after a barren few months at St James’s Park.

United’s first team has struggled to find the net in the Premier League at St James’s Park in recent months.

But Peter Beardsley’s side brushed aside non-league club Blyth Spartans at the stadium in the Northumberland Senior Cup final last night.

Quinn, Lubo Satka, Michael Richardson and Gael Bigirimana netted in a 4-0 win for United.

First-team manager Alan Pardew was among the 1,234 crowd.

And 18-year-old Quinn felt Newcastle’s second string coped with the “pressure” and acquitted themselves well.

“We always knew it would be a tough battle,” Quinn said. “We knew we’d have to work hard.

“In the end the score probably flattered us, but it was a good result.

“It’s a good tournament to win. We’re expected to win it every year, which is a bit of pressure, but it’s good to be able to deal with that and win the cup.”

The win, however, was marred by the leg injury suffered by United defender Jamie Sterry in a 50-50 challenge with Robbie Dale.

Sterry was stretchered off the field early in the second half.

“He’s got a medical boot on, and he’ll have a scan,” said reserve-team coach Beardsley. “We’ll take it from there.”

Newcastle dominated the first half, but they couldn’t find a way past Blyth goalkeeper Conor Grant until the 38th minute.

Grant got a hand to a shot from Bigirimana, and defender Satka opened the scoring from the resulting corner.

Midfielder Richardson, wearing the captain’s armband, made it 2-0 with a close-range effort as the hour-mark approached.

And Quinn put the game beyond Blyth with 20 minutes left on the clock.

The 18-year-old forward kept his cool to beat Grant after being put through one-on-one, though Blyth felt he had been offside.

Substitute Rolando Aarons played in Bigirimana for Newcastle’s fourth goal with a superb defence-splitting pass.

Beardsley said: “I expect them to play a certain way, and they played some good stuff.

“I thought the second and fourth goals were really good goals. They were clever passes.

“The good thing is that they’re trying to take on board what we’re hoping for, and hopefully, in the long term, that’ll be successful for the club.”

United beat North Shields and Whitley Bay on their way to the final.

“Without being disrespectful, we should at least be in the final every year, and look to win it every year,” added Beardsley.

“I think this is a massive tournament for the Northumberland FA, and for us as well.

“It’s great for our young lads to play at St James’s Park.”

Beardsley’s side wrap their Under-21 Premier League campaign up on Friday afternoon when they take on Arsenal at the club’s training ground in a behind-closed-doors game.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Mitchell; Sterry (Gibson, 55), Satka, Mbabu, Williams; Barlaser (Aarons, 60), Bigirimana, Kemen, Richardson, Olley; Quinn (Gilliead, 71).