By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Newcastle United Reserves 1 (Maddison 9)
Gateshead Reserves 0
Last week Willie Donachie and Peter Beardsley took their Newcastle United Reserve players to the Theatre Royal to watch Sister Act: The Musical and on Tuesday, Marcus Maddison was on song to give the Magpies a win against Gateshead.
With the Barclays Under-21 Premier League match against Southampton postponed on Monday at the Saints' request, the friendly against the Heed was arranged to keep the United second-string's match sharpness in tune.
Mehdi Abeid was the only player involved to boast competitive senior experience for Newcastle, and he sent a free-kick just wide after Maddison had been fouled on the edge of the area on six minutes.
Then, after former United junior Ryan McGorrigan forced Jak Alnwick into a good save, the home side went upfield and scored seconds later after a good move which was built up from the back. Michael Richardson spotted the run of Maddison and picked him out with a great ball, and the Durham-born winger raced through and finished well.
McGorrigan brought another smart save from Alnwick - who spent time on loan with Gateshead last season - before JJ Hooper was denied at the other end and then, from a clever corner kick routine, Maddison's corner was flicked on by Conor Newton and Paul Dummett shot just over.
Skipper Dummett was then off target from another Maddison delivery on the stroke of half-time, after Hooper had seen a powerful shot saved and Bradden Inman had also came close.
Ryan Taylor, Dan Gosling, Gael Bigirimana, Adam Campbell and Nile Ranger were also interested observers but the second period saw few real chances, although Gateshead did hit the woodwork while Richardson saw a shot deflected wide after good work from Newton and substitute Lubo Satka.
Alnwick spared Michael Riley the embarassment of an own goal in front of his uncle Ian Bogie after the left-back had deflected a shot towards his own goal, while Inman curled over the bar after Richardson's low cross found him at the far post.
The Reserves are next in league action at Stoke's Britannia Stadium on Monday, 3rd September (kick-off 7.30pm).
Newcastle United Reserves: Jak Alnwick, Alex Nicholson, Paul Dummett (Lubo Satka 46), Curtis Good, Michael Riley, Marcus Maddison (Dennis Knight 46, Steven Logan 71), Mehdi Abeid, Conor Newton, Michael Richardson, JJ Hooper