By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Newcastle United Reserves 3
Hamilton Academical XI 1
Two well-taken goals from a French trialist helped Newcastle Reserves start their pre-season campaign with a win against an experienced Hamilton outfit at the Magpies' Benton training ground.
The teenage winger, who has played for his country at youth level, scored twice in the first-half and Marcus Maddison added a third from the penalty spot before Alister Crawford netted a late consolation for the Scottish First Division side, who beat Sunderland's second-string 3-1 earlier this week and included a host of senior players.
United were ahead after six minutes when Yven Moyo's great run and clever through-ball allowed the trialist to showcase his pace and finishing ability as he slotted home from the left-hand angle of the box.
And the same player - who has been training with Newcastle in recent days - scored from an almost identical position on 24 minutes as he burst down the flank and found the bottom far corner with a drilled shot.
After Maddison saw a shot well saved after good work from Bradden Inman, the trialist was only denied a hat-trick on 36 minutes when, after another exhibition of his lightning pace, his effort was palmed away.
Paul Dummett saw a header saved before the tricky Maddison won a penalty on the stroke of half-time and confidently stepped up to rifle it home.
A raft of changes from both sides disrupted the flow of the game in the second half and the visitors improved markedly, hitting the woodwork and creating a number of half-chances, but United continued to play well and introduced several Academy players including first-years Lubo Satka, Liam Smith and Ryan McKinnon.
Also given a run-out was Liam Henderson, who is looking sharper by the game after returning from an 18-month injury nightmare, and the tall midfielder slid Smith through late on only for the 16-year-old schemer to stab wide.
In the final minute, Crawford took advantage of a defensive mix-up to pull one back but all in all it was a comfortable and deserved win for the Magpies.
Newcastle United Reserves: Jak Alnwick, Alex Nicholson (Ryan McKinnon 74), Yven Moyo (Liam Smith 69), Paul Dummett, Michael Richardson, Trialist, Brandon Miele (Liam Henderson 50), Bradden Inman (Steven Logan 55), Conor Newton (Esteban Cardona Lopez 64), Marcus Maddison (Lubo Satka 46), JJ Hooper (Lee Desmond 46)
Sub not used: Jonathan Mitchell