Easter Road

By Dan King - Newcastle United Digital Editor

Hibernian 4
Newcastle United Under-21s 0

Having lost 2-0 to a strong Kilmarnock XI at the weekend, Newcastle's under-21s' mini tour of Scotland continued with a behind-closed-doors friendly defeat against Hibernian on Monday afternoon.

Willie Donachie and Peter Beardsley had just 13 players at their disposal at Easter Road due to Milk Cup and first-team fixtures, while the Scottish Premier League side included former Queens Park Rangers striker Rowan Vine and new signing James Collins.

And the hosts ran out comfortable winners, with United struggling to make inroads against an experienced Hibees' defence. Jonathyn Quinn had the black and whites' only chance in the first half, but the Magpies trailed 2-0 at the break.

The first came as Newcastle failed to deal with a corner and the second was a spectacular overhead kick.

Matters became worse less than a minute into the second half and then a free-kick wrapped up the scoring.

Summer signing Olivier Kemen made his third appearance for United, with Lubo Satka pushed into midfield alongside him. But a threadbare squad was stretched further when Macaulay Gillesphey limped off shortly before the break.

The Magpies' second-string are next in action at Gateshead on Friday, where they are likely to be boosted by some senior players.

Newcastle United Under-21s: Jonathan Mitchell, Steven Logan, Remie Streete (Macauley Booth 55), Curtis Good, Macaulay Gillesphey (Lewis Aird 41), Rolando Aarons, Lubo Satka, Olivier Kemen, Jamie Sterry, Romain Amalfitano, Jonathyn Quinn.

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