Newcastle United Reserves 5
Gateshead Reserves 0
By Dan King at Newcastle United Training Centre
Sylvain Marveaux scored his first goal in Newcastle colours and gained two assists as a Magpies Reserve side featuring two trialists romped to victory against Gateshead's second-string.
The summer signing from Rennes was on target in the training ground practice match, along with Haris Vuckic, Nile Ranger and a brace from defender Darnel Situ who, along with fellow Frenchman William Remy, is hoping to earn a deal at St. James' Park.
And the scoreline could have been even more emphatic but for two late penalty saves from visiting goalkeeper Tim Deasy, who denied both Mehdi Abeid and Yven Moyo what would have been their first United goals.
Gateshead's first-team are currently top of the Blue Square Bet Premier with two wins from their opening two games, and they started well with former Newcastle junior Chris Moore, a recent arrival from Darlington, forcing Ole Soderberg into a good save inside the first five minutes.
But once Situ headed home the first from Marveaux's expertly-taken right-wing corner, Peter Beardsley and Willie Donachie's side - which also featured Shane Ferguson on his return from injury - took control.
Deasy made the first of several fine saves when Abeid won the ball in midfield and played the ball to Sammy Ameobi, who returned the compliment to put the Frenchman in on goal but the keeper was able to push the ball behind.
Then Vuckic put the ball in the net from a delightful Marveaux pass yet was ruled offside but, after Ewan Moyes had headed wide from Moore's free-kick for Gateshead, the Slovenian did get on the scoresheet to make it 2-0. Ryan Donaldson set Ranger away and he unselfishly squared for Vuckic to slot home.
Vuckic tried to repay Ranger with a great cross which the striker glanced wide from six yards out, before Soderberg made comfortable saves from Jordan Marshall and midfielder Jonny Rowell.
But Newcastle made it 3-0 before half-time with Marveaux involved again. He bombed down the left at a rate of knots to receive the ball from Ranger before the drawing the goalkeeper and sliding the ball across goal for Ranger, who could not miss.
Ranger made way at half-time, along with Vuckic and the impressive Donaldson, with Yven Moyo, Greg McDermott and Brad Inman taking their places, and Inman's first action was to run at the Gateshead defence and cross for Sammy Ameobi to covert - only for the linesman's flag to thwart him.
But it didn't take long for goal number four to arrive, with returning full-back Ferguson the provider with a wonderful piece of skill and a dink which rebounded off the underside of the bar and was forced home by Situ.
And two minutes later, Marveaux - who only got better as the match went on - got the goal he deserved, sprinting through the middle and toe-poking past Deasy to make it five.
Inman hit the base of the post and then saw Deasy parry another shot to the feet of Marveaux, who somehow shot over, then the French winger was denied by a good save.
Then Marveaux surged into the box but was fouled by Rowell, with Abeid stepping up to take the spot-kick but seeing Deasy keep out his well-struck effort.
McDermott saw his audacious chip crash back off the bar after Marveaux had teed the young midfielder up, before Abeid's 25-yard strike was saved.
And Deasy made a second save from the spot after Moyo was fouled by Rob Briggs. Moyo took the penalty himself but again, the keeper dived to his left and got his hands to the ball.
Newcastle United Reserves: Ole Soderberg, Jeff Henderson (sub Patrick Nzuzi 60), Shane Ferguson, William Remy, Darnel Situ, Ryan Donaldson (sub Brad Inman 46), Mehdi Abeid, Haris Vuckic (sub Greg McDermott 46), Sylvain Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi (sub Joan Edmundsson 66), Nile Ranger (sub Yven Moyo 46).