Ryan Taylor makes goalscoring return for Newcastle

COMEBACK ... Newcastle's Ryan Taylor.
COMEBACK ... Newcastle's Ryan Taylor.

NEWCASTLE United’s Ryan Taylor made a goalscoring return to competitive action this afternoon.

Taylor – who has spent two years on the sidelines after twice rupturing his cruciate ligament – scored a penalty in the club’s 3-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion.

The behind-closed-doors Under-21 Premier League fixture was staged at the club’s Benton training ground.

Newcastle went behind in the 20th minute, but captain Taylor converted from the spot three minutes before the break after visiting captain Glen Rea handled on the line.

Rea was shown a red card, and United took the lead in the 56th minute when Haris Vuckic headed a Taylor corner, which had been flicked on by Luboimir Satka, into the net.

Six minutes later talented forward Callum Roberts set up Dan Barlaser for Newcastle’s third and final goal.

Brighton had a second player – Danny Pappoe – sent off for an off-the-ball incident late in the match.

Meanwhile, Taylor – who had previously played in two friendlies – could now be considered for a first-team return.

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NEWCASTLE UNITED: Elliot, Williams, Gillesphey, Taylor, Satka, Bigirimana, Gilliead, Barlaser, Ferreyra, Vuckic, Roberts.