The players survey the pitch at Workington

By Dan King - Newcastle United Digital Editor

Workington 1 (Allison)
Newcastle United Under-21s 3 (Aarons, Quinn, Richardson)

Olivier Kemen made his Newcastle United debut as the Magpies' under-21 side took on Workington, but it was Rolando Aarons, Jonathyn Quinn and Michael Richardson who stole the show at Borough Park. 

The ever-improving Jamaican winger Aarons opened the scoring then, after Scott Allison had equalised for the Blue Square North outfit, teed up Quinn to restore the visitors' advantage in front of a crowd of 482.

Richardson then poked home a third on the hour mark while United also had three goals disallowed for offside in an absorbing friendly match in Cumbria, which saw Kemen put in an energetic display in a holding midfield role.

Wearing a one-off purple kit, which will be auctioned off to raise funds for the Great North Air Ambulance, the home side started well as Allison flashed a half-volley across goal when well placed.

However, Willie Donachie and Peter Beardsley's youngsters responded well and, after Macaulay Gillesphey had seen a shot saved by Sean Routledge moments earlier, the Academy left-back crossed for Aarons to force home from close range.

Back at the ground where he spent time on loan last season, Jonathan Mitchell made an outstanding stop to deny Connor Doyle before Jamie Sterry was unfortunate to see the assistant referee raise his flag after a superb lobbed finish.

More good goalkeeping from Mitchell saw him bravely smother at the feet of Jonny Wright after great work on the left from Ben McKenna, then Sterry saw another goal chalked off and Richardson suffered the same fate when he poked home from six yards.

On 28 minutes, Workington equalised through Allison's deft finish and moments later, former Magpies youngster Tito Davidson's goalbound effort was deflected wide.

Dan Wordsworth headed narrowly off target as the non-league side looked like ending the half on top, but then Aarons controlled a pass with the outside of his left boot before pulling the ball back for Quinn to divert beyond Routledge.

After Steven Logan had thundered just wide from 30 yards, Richardson bundled home from a couple of yards. Quinn almost got his second when he opened up his body but saw his effort bounce back off a post, then Lubo Satka played a clever one-two and curled a shot just off target.

Lee Andrews should have pulled one back but somehow fired over, then Conor Tinnion's lofted strike was parried by substitute keeper Freddie Woodman. Logan saw another piledriver go just the wrong side of the goal before the dangerous McKenna was thwarted by Woodman.

Mbabu's burst of pace and fine cross from the right almost saw Lewis Aird add a fourth for Newcastle but he couldn't divert his diving header goalwards. However, United's second-string were happy to register their first victory of the summer.

Workington: Sean Routledge, Dom Kennedy (Sam Smith 67), Anthony Wright, Kyle May (Lee Andrews 44), Dan Wordsworth, Tito Davidson (Steven Hindmarch 46), Ben McKenna (Jake Smith 77), David Lynch, Jonny Wright, Connor Doyle (George Conway 46), Scott Allison (Conor Tinnion 54)

Subs not used: None

Newcastle United Under-21s: Jonathan Mitchell (Freddie Woodman 46), Kevin Mbabu, Lubo Satka, Curtis Good (Ryan McKinnon 55), Macaulay Gillesphey (Lewis Aird 55), Rolando Aarons, Olivier Kemen (Ben Drennan 57), Steven Logan (Macauley Booth 57), Jamie Sterry, Michael Richardson, Jonathyn Quinn

Subs not used: None