By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter
At Newcastle United Training Centre
Newcastle United Reserves 3 (Streete 44, Inman 72, Prior 77)
Wigan Athletic Reserves 1 (Rugg 64)
Trialist Jason Prior put the icing on the cake for Newcastle as they beat Wigan Reserves at their Benton training centre.
The big striker, wearing the number nine shirt, scored United's third with an emphatic finish to wrap up the win after Bradden Inman had put them in front for the second time.
Jordan Rugg had cancelled Remie Streete's opener out before Newcastle's late rally gave them the three points.
In front of the watching Alan Pardew, John Carver and Steve Stone, Sammy Ameobi starred before limping off with an impact injury, while Haris Vuckic and Dan Gosling also impressed.
SECOND HALF UPDATES
86mins - After the visitors bring on Abian Serrano for Ryan Watson, Steven Boothman crosses from the left and Latics goalscorer Rugg sends a diving header onto the post, with Elliot beaten.
77mins - NEWCASTLE GOAL (3-1): Greg McDermott wins the ball on the halfway line and saunters upfield with a good run before playing the ball across to Jason Prior. The trialist has plenty to do, but composes himself and smashes an accurate shot into the top corner from 12 yards out.
73mins - Vuckic nutmegs a defender and goes for an instant shot which is well beaten away by Nicholls - it would have been some goal.
72mins - NEWCASTLE GOAL (2-1): Moments after Jonathan Breeze replaces Adam Dawson for Wigan, the Magpies are back in front after a well-taken goal from substitute Inman. A long ball is flicked into the path of Vuckic by Airey, and the Slovenian slides the ball through for Inman, who scores with a calm finish.
69mins - The two Wigan players who combined for their goal do so again, with Redmond slipping in Rugg who shoots on the turn only for Elliot to make a good, strong parry.
67mins - Newcastle nearly respond immediately through a Vuckic free-kick, but his effort is hit straight at Latics keeper Nicholls.
64mins - WIGAN GOAL (1-1): Redmond gets down the left for Wigan, who break quickly, and his cross is tapped home by Rugg, who was unmarked. That's disappointing for Newcastle, who haven't really got going in this second half after dominating the first.
56mins - Concern for Newcastle as Sammy Ameobi goes down injured after a 50-50 challenge, and although he limps back on after treatment, he's clearly in pain and is replaced by Bradden Inman. It's a disappointing end to a good display from him. Fortunately, he's just confirmed that it felt like an impact injury rather than a twist.
46mins - Willie Donachie has made one change at the break - Phil Airey coming on for Ryan Donaldson, who is recently back from injury, as a precaution. There's also a reshuffle at the back, with Jeff Henderson moving to right-back and Patrick Nzuzi shuffling over to the left, with Tamas Kadar going to centre-half.
FIRST HALF UPDATES
45mins - It's half-time and Newcastle deservedly lead. Sammy Ameobi and Haris Vuckic have both been particularly impressive in front of the watching Pardew and Co, while Dan Gosling set up the only goal of the game, scored by Remie Streete.
44mins - NEWCASTLE GOAL (1-0): It has been coming and finally United lead thanks to Remie Streete, with his first ever Barclays Premier Reserve League goal. Inevitably, Ameobi was involved as it was his deep free-kick from the left, following a foul on Donaldson, which led to the ball finding Gosling at the far post. His clever dink was attacked by Donaldson and Streete, with the 17-year-old defender forcing home despite the best efforts of Nicholls, who thought he had done enough to prevent the whole ball going over the line only for an assistant referee to flag for a goal
41mins - Jodan Redmond's ball finds Rugg, the Wigan centre-forward, with a little help from the wind and he tries to catch Elliot off guard with an early shot but the former Charlton keeper is having none of it and catches high above his head.
35mins - Another shot from Ameobi, who is clearly in the mood, takes a wicked deflection off a blue shirt to completely wrong-foot Wigan keeper Nicholls, but it also takes it agonisingly wide of the target. The corner is half-cleared but United regain possession and Ameobi whips in a cross to the far post, which Gosling side-foots wide.
33mins - Vuckic tees up Ameobi for a first-time shot from 18 yards and the England under-21 man obliges, but his left-foot strike zips inches wide of the near post as United continue to press for an opener.
25mins - Another wonderful run from Ameobi - who is being urged to stay wide whenever possible by Pardew - ends in him digging out a cross for Jason Prior, who fails to get enough power behind his header allowing Nicholls to save. Prior looks strong in the air and is a tall, strong lad who is clearly enjoying wearing the famous Newcastle number nine shirt today.
22mins - Nile Ranger is watching now, and he sees Dicko cross well from the right for Wigan with Jordan Rugg meeting it with a looping header. The ball drops over the bar, though, and Elliot looked to have it covered anyway.
15mins - After a superb, Hatem Ben Arfa-like run upfield from Sammy Ameobi, Greg McDermott tees up Ryan Donaldson for a shot from 20 yards. His effort looks destined for the back of the net but Nicholls makes his second good diving save of the afternoon, flying to his left to push the ball behind. The run from Ameobi and strike from Donaldson were fantastic, but matched by a fine stop. From the resulting corner, Remie Streete heads wide under pressure from a couple of Blue shirts.
8mins - Latics striker Nouha Dicko tries his luck from the left-hand side of the box, but his shot is well fielded by Rob Elliot in the Magpies goal with Andy Woodman monitoring his performance from the sideline.
6mins - Dan Gosling plays the ball to the feet of Haris Vuckic and the Slovenian youngster wastes no time in firing in an impressive strike from just outside the box, which visiting keeper Lee Nicholls does well to palm behind for a corner. From the flag-kick, the ball eventually falls once more to Vuckic, this time inside the area, but his shot on the turn goes just wide.
1min - We're underway, with Newcastle in black and white and Wigan in blue on a mild afternoon on North Tyneside. Alan Pardew, John Carver and Steve Stone are all watching.
Newcastle United Reserves: Rob Elliot, Patrick Nzuzi, Tamas Kadar (c), Jeff Henderson, Remie Streete, Dan Gosling, Greg McDermott, Haris Vuckic, Sammy Ameobi (Bradden Inman 56), Ryan Donaldson (Phil Airey 46), Jason Prior
Subs not used: Ole Soderberg, Joan Edmundsson, Yven Moyo
Wigan Athletic Reserves: Lee Nicholls, Jamie McCormack, Adam Buxton, Josh Langley, Rob Kiernan, Callum Morris, Ryan Watson (Abian Serrano 86), Danny Redmond, Jordan Rugg, Nouha Dicko (Steven Boothman), Adam Dawson (Jonathan Breeze 71)
Subs not used: Calvin Hare, Steven Boothman, Jonathan Breeze, Jonathan Lynch, Abian Serrano
Referee: Paul Curry