By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter
At Whitley Park
Newcastle United Reserves 6
Norwich City Reserves 0
A strong Magpies side hit Norwich City for six in their opening home Reserve game of the season, with Dan Gosling grabbing a brace.
And the result never looked in doubt once Gosling gave United the lead from the penalty spot on ten minutes, after Ferguson was fouled. Three minutes later, Greg McDermott made it two with an emphatic finish from Ryan Donaldson's backheel after a strong run from Santon, and Donaldson then teed up Michael Richardson to make it three.
Gosling headed home a fourth before half-time and although Norwich improved in the second period, United added two late goals. Gosling slipped in Donaldson for the fifth and then Ferguson set up Yven Moyo for his first goal for the club in stoppage time.
John Carver, Steve Stone and Andy Woodman were all in the crowd and will have been impressed with what they saw from the senior stars and younger players alike, as will the supporters who made it down to Whitley Park on a blustery day.
SECOND HALF UPDATES
90+1mins - NEWCASTLE GOAL (6-0): Ferguson, lively as ever, cut in from the right and split the defence with a great ball over the top which sub Moyo reached first with his head to take him past Matthews, then calmly side-footed into the empty net for his first goal for United Reserves.
90mins - Paul Dummett, making his first appearance since a pre-season injury, makes perhaps his first mistake of the afternoon, misjudging a bouncing ball to allow Matthew Ball to race onto it. However, typically of the former Kenton School pupil, he gets back to block the Northern Irish youngster's shot.
81mins - Gosling has sparked into life once more and after jinking into the box his shot is palmed onto the woodwork by Matthews, who has had a busy afternoon and has helped to keep the score down at times.
80mins - NEWCASTLE GOAL (5-0): But now Donaldson does have his goal after a cutting slide-rule pass from Gosling. It puts the striker through and he finishes well with a dinked shot over the keeper.
79mins - A delightful pass from Edmundsson slips in Donaldson 12 yards out in time and space. The frontman deserves a goal for his display but after steadying himself, he puts his shot too close to Matthews who is able to parry.
78mins - Donaldson sprints into the box with a clever nutmeg but Toffolo recovers well to deflect the ball behind. From Edmundsson's corner, the ball is half cleared to Richardson, who strikes over from 18 yards.
72mins - A third and final substitution for Newcastle as Joan Edmundsson comes on for James Perch. It's the Faroe Islander's first game since playing for his country in their 3-1 defeat to Serbia last week.
70mins - Santon's afternoon is over and it's been a bright start for the Italian international. He is replaced by Stephen Folan, and departs with a wave to the fans.
69mins - Perch has been putting in some strong tackles in a committed display, but this time he mistimes it as he slides in on Matthew Ball and is deservedly shown a yellow card.
68mins - Santon, going in search of a goal on his debut, cuts inside from the left but fires over the top from the edge of the penalty box.
66mins - Ferguson leaves Harry Toffolo for dead to surge into the box from the right and had time to pick out a team-mate in the box, but his cutback went behind everybody and Norwich recovered.
64mins - Cameron McGeehan is on for Norwich in place of captain Korey Smith, who appears to have picked up a knock.
63mins - Donaldson nips in ahead of Matthews to meet Kadar's cross from the right, but is thwarted by the flag of the assistant referee as he attempts to force the ball into the unguarded net.
58mins - Sam Kelly's dangerous free-kick just needed a touch to take it in, but none of his team-mates could apply one and the ball sailed across goal, with Harper's clean sheet remaining intact.
56mins - Matthew Ball gets into the box but his shot is blocked by Paul Dummett, who has looked solid alongside James Perch in the centre of defence. Norwich definitely look better in this second period. Sub Moyo is now on the right with Richardson moving inside to where Guthrie had been.
52mins - Sam Kelly now lets fly from range, but it is not a clean strike and swerves well wide of Harper's goal.
49mins - The visitors seem rather more positive in this second period and Jacob Murphy is next to have a shot, but again it's from distance and causes no problems for Harper.
47mins - Korey Smith has a go from 20 yards but his shot is easy for a keeper of Steve Harper's standing, and he gathers it with no fuss.
46mins - Changes at the break for both sides - Yven Moyo is on for Danny Guthrie and Norwich introduce Dean Florence for Brindley, who had that collision with a railing in the first half, and Harry Barker for Taylor McKenzie.
FIRST HALF UPDATES
45+1mins - Half-time and it's 4-0 to Newcastle. United's side boasts a lot more experience than City's but Peter Beardsley and Willie Donachie - as well as the the watching John Carver, Steve Stone and Andy Woodman - will be happy with the way Newcastle have gone about their business. Santon has been good, Kadar looks strong, Guthrie has been inventive and Gosling has two well-taken goals.
45mins - There will be just one minute of added time at the end of this half.
44mins - Harper is again called into action by Jacob Murphy, and this time it takes a good save to keep him out. His shot from 12 yards looks goalbound but Harper dives to his right to palm it behind for a corner.
42mins - Norwich's Jacob Murphy tests Harper with a low strike from 25 yards but it's easy for the experienced stopper, and at the other end, Donaldson's low ball flies across the face of goal with McDermott so close to forcing it home as he slid in.
41mins - Ferguson's darting run ends with a neat pass to Gosling, who doesn't need asking twice when it comes to having a go. His powerful shot zips just over the bar as he goes in search of a hat-trick.
39mins - NEWCASTLE GOAL (4-0): Kadar has adapted well to his right-back role and his clever reverse pass finds McDermott in the area. Terry Mac's son dinks the ball centrally for Gosling, who climbs high to send a good header past Matthews for his second of the afternoon.
35mins - Now United hit the woodwork again, Gosling hitting a soaring strike which is deflected onto the top of the bar by a City defender who challenged the England under-21 star.
34mins - Kadar's ball from the right misses everyone and catches Matthews flat-footed, hitting the far post with the keeper helpless.
33mins - After several minutes of treatment, and after Norwich had prepared substitute Harry Barker to come on, Brindley is back on his feet and will continue.
32mins - Josh Murphy tries his luck from 25 yards but his effort is always rising and sails over, with Harper having it covered anyway.
28mins - City's overlapping right-back Richard Brindley runs at full pelt to keep in Josh Murphy's pass, but fails and ends up carrying on and crashing into one of the railings around the pitch. It takes him out around the chest area and he looks in some pain, quite understandably.
25mins - Norwich are denied by an assistant referee's flag as Josh Murphy plays in Smith, who in turns finds Dawkin. He plays the ball low across the ground for Jacob Murphy to tap home, despite the best efforts of Steve Harper, but he was offside.
21mins - NEWCASTLE GOAL (3-0): Guthrie's fine ball finds Donaldson racing down the right after the former England under-19s man beat the offside trap, and he tees up Michael Richardson to score with a nice finish. That's Donaldson's second assist of the game, and Richardson's second goal since returning from Leyton Orient after the midfielder notched in a practice match at Sunderland last week.
13mins - NEWCASTLE GOAL (2-0): Santon strides into the box with another surging run, steps over the ball to bamboozle Richard Brindley and cuts the ball back for Ryan Donaldson. The striker's backheel is pounced upon by Greg McDermott from close range for his first goal of the season, struck high into the roof of the net.
10mins - NEWCASTLE GOAL (1-0): Ferguson is fouled by Josh Murphy in the box after a twisting, turning run and Gosling sends Matthews the wrong way from the penalty spot.
8mins - Newcastle are well on top here and Ferguson plays in Ryan Donaldson, who fires wide from a decent position inside the area.
7mins - Tamas Kadar finds Guthrie with a good ball down the channel and the midfielder has a chance to shoot but instead backheels to the better positioned Gosling, whose powerful shot from 12 yards is blocked by Matthews.
6mins - Debutant David Santon embarks upon a strong run from left back, beating two men before Sam Kelly ends his progress with a foul. An encouraging start from the Italian.
5mins - Norwich captain Korey Smith feeds Josh Dawkin on the left hand side of the box and returning defender Paul Dummett does well to intercept, the ball going behind for a corner which is cleared.
2mins - A dangerous cross from Shane Ferguson evades everybody in the box and an alarmed looking Matthews is relieved to see it go behind for a goal kick.
1min - Straight from the kick-off, Dan Gosling tries an ambitious effort from the centre circle and although it's not too far away, it never looked like troubling Canaries keeper Remi Matthews even if it had been on target.
Newcastle United Reserves: Steve Harper, Tamas Kadar, Davide Santon (sub Stephen Folan 70), Paul Dummett, James Perch (sub Joan Edmundsson 72), Michael Richardson, Greg McDermott, Danny Guthrie (sub Yven Moyo 46), Shane Ferguson, Dan Gosling, Ryan Donaldson.
Subs not used: Ole Soderberg, Dan Taylor.
Norwich City Reserves: Remi Matthews, Richard Brindley (sub Dean Florence 46), Harry Toffolo, Korey Smith (sub Cameron McGeehan 64), George Francomb, Taylor McKenzie (sub Harry Barker 46), Josh Murphy, Sam Kelly, Jacob Murphy, Matthew Ball, Josh Dawkin.
Subs not used: Patrick Drmola, Reece Hall-Johnson.
Referee: Glen Hart