Adam Campbell

By Dan King - Newcastle United Digital Editor
At Little Benton

Newcastle United Under-21s 4 (Campbell, Gillesphey 2, Roberts)
Southampton Under-21s 2 (Demkiv, Willard)

Adam Campbell scored and Shane Ferguson claimed two assists as Newcastle's under-21s kicked off their pre-season campaign with victory over Southampton.

But defender Macaulay Gillesphey was the surprise star for Peter Beardsley's side in this behind-closed-doors fixture at the Little Benton Academy, netting twice in the first half.

Campbell and Ferguson were not part of Alan Pardew's squad for the first-team's friendly at Oldham, but both responded in the best possible way.

Teenager Campbell - who spent the second half of last season on loan with St. Mirren - opened the scoring with a fine free-kick from 25 yards.

Then moments later, Northern Ireland international Ferguson swung over an inviting corner for Gillesphey to head home.

And it was the same combination which put United 3-0 up before half time. Ferguson crossed and Gillesphey, a left-footed centre-half, controlled the ball expertly before producing a sublime finish with his right foot.

The Saints rallied in the second half and pulled two goals back through Dan Demkiv and Harley Willard.

But substitute Callum Roberts added a fourth for the Magpies. The youngster jinked past a couple of challenges before finishing from just outside the box.

And that capped a pleasing afternoon for Beardsley, who saw Ferguson play the full game and Campbell a half as well as running the rule over a trialist.

Newcastle United Under-21s: Brendan Pearson (sub Carl Robinson), Callum Williams, Ryan McKinnon, Macaulay Gillesphey (sub Callum Roberts), Trialist, Daniel Barlaser, Ben Drennan (sub Jonathyn Quinn), Liam Smith, Shane Ferguson, Adam Campbell (sub Tom Heardman), Alex Gilliead