Newcastle line up against Consett

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

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Newcastle United Under-21s 6 (Inman 2, Tavernier pen, Aarons, Quinn, Streete)

Northern League Consett brought the curtain down on 63 years at Belle Vue Park on Wednesday night - but Newcastle United's youngsters produced six of the best to spoil the Steelmen's party.

The Derwentside-based outfit are moving to a new multi-million-pound community stadium next season and Willie Donachie and Peter Beardsley brought a team to the former pit town for a showpiece friendly to mark the hosts' final match at the old ground.

Consett are currently eighth in their division - already won at a canter by a rampant Darlington - but, after a first half which the Reds arguably shaded, the Magpies turned on the style after the break.

Bradden Inman scored a brace as James Tavernier, Rolando Aarons, Jonathyn Quinn and Remie Streete got the other United goals and Inman almost created an opener after just two minutes when he pulled the ball back for Brandon Miele, who was denied by a defender before Steven Logan fired over.

Calvin Smith then saw a low shot dribble into the arms of visiting keeper Jonathan Mitchell, before the midfielder had a shot blocked by Ryan McKinnon after a jinking run and David Brown dragged his follow-up well wide.

But on ten minutes, Inman took advantage of a loose pass on the bobbly pitch to race through on goal, round Peter Jameson and slot home.

Moments after the restart, Inman went past the keeper again but Aarons shot too high from his unselfish pass.

Smith hammered a shot wide for Consett before Inman created another opportunity, this time for Romain Amalfitano but he shot straight at the goalkeeper.

After such a bright start, the action died down somewhat until Matthew Slocombe ran at the defence and shot narrowly over then Mitchell superbly saved from Aristote Guerin-Lokonga.

The luckless striker then headed wide from the resulting corner before spooning over the bar from Mark Eccles' cutback, and Steven Aiston's swift turn and shot was just off target.

With the hosts ending the half on top, Mitchell had to make another good stop to keep out Carl Piecha's deflected effort but Kenny Lindoe made a number of changes at the break and United took full advantage.

Less than two minutes into the second half, Inman was brought down by the goalkeeper and Tavernier stepped up to smash the penalty home and then on 50 minutes, Inman made it 3-0 after Michael Richardson's through ball.

Substitute Quinn's shot was then parried but Aarons fired home, and Quinn got in on the act after 62 minutes after Richardson's low cross from the left.

Mitchell was again required to make another magnificent stop from Luke Sullivan's free-kick but it was the home keeper who was busiest as he denied Tom Heardman, Miele, Jamie Sterry and Greg Olley.

But he could do nothing to stop Remie Streete from turning in the box and driving home a sixth in the 89th minute.

Consett: Peter Jameson, Michael Pearson, David Brown, Jack Stanger, Carl Piecha, Ian Davidson, Matthew Slocombe, Calvin Smith, Aristote Guerin-Lokonga, Steven Aiston, Mark Eccles

Substitutes: Andrew Cuthbertson, Scott Canham, Kieran Martin, Craig Robson, Luke Sullivan, Ryan King 

Newcastle United Under-21s: Jonathan Mitchell, Jamie Sterry, Ryan McKinnon (Remie Streete 46), James Tavernier, Macauley Gillesphey, Rolando Aarons (Greg Olley 57), Steven Logan (Jonathyn Quinn 51), Brandon Miele, Roman Amalfitano (Alex Gilliead 46), Bradden Inman (Tom Heardman 57)

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