By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
At the Globe Arena
Late goals from Shola and Sammy Ameobi fired Newcastle United into the third round of the Capital One Cup with a 2-0 victory away at Morecambe on Wednesday night.
The Magpies had to wait until the final six minutes to secure their place in the hat for the next stage of the competition as first, Shola fired home from the edge of the area with the aid of a deflection, and then Sammy netted with a composed breakaway finish in stoppage time.
It was no more than the visitors deserved for a dominant second half performance but they were given a first-half scare by the League Two outfit.
The Shrimps more than matched their Premier League opponents during the opening period, with Andrew Fleming and Padraig Amond threatening and goalkeeper Rob Elliot forced into a couple of superb stops.
The England Under-21 star took a touch before delivering a cross, which was met by Gosling, who had charged into the box, but the midfielder headed wide under pressure.
But Morecambe struck back almost immediately, with Fleming's shot from the edge of the area forcing Elliot into a low stop.
And they went even closer on ten minutes when Mark Hughes met a corner at the far post, with his header causing chaos inside the six yard box before eventually being scrambled to safety.
Midway through the half another corner, this time from the right, posed problems for the visitors, with Padraig Amond seeing his close-range header blocked by Sammy Ameobi.
But United weathered the storm and Gosling could have done better when, unmarked, he nodded Mathieu Debuchy's cross straight at Shrimps stopper Barry Roche with 28 minutes played.
With half-time approaching, Elliot kept the Magpies' clean sheet in tact with a couple of outstanding saves from Amond, first tipping over the wide man's rising drive, before parrying his low strike and punching clear the loose ball before it could be pounced upon.
Bigirimana went as close as any visiting player to breaking the deadlock, dipping a 25-yard free-kick up and over the ball, with Roche having to turn it away before it made its way into the back of the net.
Shola Ameobi was introduced at half-time in place of Haris Vuckic in a bid to beef up United's attacking options and he had a glorious chance to break the deadlock within four minutes of the restart, getting in behind the hosts' rearguard but skying his effort high and wide.
He went closer just past the hour mark, driving a left-footed strike narrowly wide, minutes after younger brother Sammy had tried his luck from similar range.
Hatem Ben Arfa was next to be called upon from the substitutes' bench with 20 minutes remaining, but it was lPaul Dummett who threatened next as Newcastle's pressure intensified.
Striding forward from his left-back slot, the Academy graduate fired a low shot from distance which had Roche beaten but rippled the side netting rather than the back of it.
And the Magpies' second half dominance finally told with six minutes remaining when Shola Ameobi received the ball on the edge of the area and let fly with a drive that took a deflection before finding its way past Roche.
It looked like one goal would be enough, but Sammy Ameobi put the result beyond any doubt deep into three minutes of stoppage time. As Newcastle broke, he dribbled into the area and then slotted home to send 1,800 Geordies home happy.
Morecambe (4-3-3): Barry Roche; Andrew Wright, Andy Parrish, Mark Hughes (c), Tony Diagne; Ryan Williams, Stewart Drummond (Joe Mwasile 87), Andrew Fleming (Alex Kenyon 77); Padraig Amond (Marcus Marshall 57), Jack Sampson, Kevin Ellison
Subs not used: Andreas Arestidou, Robbie Threlfall, Chris McCready, Joe McGee,
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (c), Curtis Good, Paul Dummett; Gael Bigirimana, Dan Gosling; Sammy Ameobi, Haris Vuckic (Shola Ameobi 46), Sylvain Marveaux (Moussa Sissoko 88); Yoan Gouffran (Hatem Ben Arfa 71)
Referee: Mark Haywood (West Yorkshire)
Bookings: Morecambe - Fleming (12), Sampson (75); Newcastle - Marveaux (41)