By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Newcastle United Under-21s 3 (Haidara, Campbell, Quinn)
Stoke City Under-21s 0
Massadio Haidara scored his first goal for Newcastle while Jonathyn Quinn also netted on his full second-string debut in a 3-0 Barclays Under-21 Premier League win over Stoke on Friday.
And, on an excellent day for Willie Donachie and Peter Beardsley's men, Alex Nicholson and Michael Richardson both made their first appearances since suffering long-term injuries in September and Academy pair Greg Olley and Rolando Aarons made their under-21 bows.
United had already beaten the Potters 5-1 both home and away in the first half of the season and fielded a strong team at their Benton training centre, with Nile Ranger, Sammy Ameobi, James Tavernier and Adam Campbell all boasting senior experience.
Haidara, meanwhile, is still settling in after his January move from Nancy and after almost setting up Ranger after three minutes, he opened the scoring after 14 minutes when he found himself in the opposition box and finished well beyond goalkeeper Dan Backman.
Fifteen minutes later, fellow full-back Tavernier made a similarly adventurous run forwards to tee up 18-year-old Campbell, whose shot took a deflection before spinning into the net.
Ameobi saw a shot go over at the beginning of the second half before Quinn's speculative shot beat Backman to make it 3-0.
With victory assured, United were happy to see the game out but gave run-outs to returning pair Nicholson and Richardson while Aarons replaced the hard-working Haidara for the final ten minutes or so.
It was a first victory since October, when Xisco's hat-trick saw the Magpies thrash the same opponents at Whitley Park, and Newcastle's youngsters will now travel to the Torneo di Viareggio in Italy on Sunday full of confidence.
Newcastle United Under-21s: Jak Alnwick, James Tavernier, Alex Kitchen (Alex Nicholson 49), Lubo Satka, Massadio Haidara (Rolando Aarons 79), Greg Olley (Michael Richardson 65), Steven Logan, Jonathyn Quinn, Adam Campbell, Nile Ranger
Subs not used: Jonathan Mitchell, Remie Streete
Stoke City Under-21s: Dan Backman, George Rigg, Joey Taylor, Jordan Barrow, Jordan Keane, Ed Sanders, Adam Thomas, Jordan Richardson, James Alabi, Kris Scott, John Marsden
Subs not used: Dale Eve, Michael Clarkson, Marcel Barrington, Sam Westley, Ben Heneghan