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Newcastle United PL2 vs West Ham United PL2 at Stadion.Core.ViewModels.Matchday.LocationViewModel

Newcastle United PL2


West Ham United PL2

FT 16th May 2017 7:00 PM (BST)

St. James' Park

Premier League 2 Division Two

16th May 2017 7:00 PM (BST)

Newcastle United Under-23s 1 West Ham United Under-23s 2


Newcastle United Under-23s 1 West Ham United Under-23s 2

The Magpies were dominant for much of the opening period, and broke the deadlock through Tom Heardman, who continued his fine run of form after helping Kyle Cameron's header across the line.

But, late in the first half, they were pegged back, as Martinez slammed the ball beyond Nathan Harker with a clinical finish.

And Martinez - who notched against Rafa Benitez's first team for Oxford United in January - put West Ham in the ascendancy ten minutes into the second half, getting the better of the Magpies' young stopper with a powerful strike from distance.

Newcastle were unable to launch a fightback of their own, meaning it is the visitors who will play in the Premier League 2's top tier next term.

But, on a humid evening on Tyneside, it was the home side who threatened first. Liam Smith - deployed in the No. 10 role behind lone frontman Heardman - raced onto a searching ball out of defence, and stung the palms of West Ham 'keeper Raphael Spiegel with a left-footed drive.

The Magpies were making all of the early running, and - with 19 minutes on the clock - they took a deserved lead. Smith's looping corner was helped back across goal by Cameron, and Heardman duly applied the finishing touch.

United continued to dominate as the first half wore on. Jack Hunter nodded a Smith set-piece narrowly wide of the near post, before Adam Wilson saw a left-footed effort blocked after gathering Cameron's lay-off.

But, just before the break, the Hammers hit back against the run of play. After Daniel Kemp's effort was blocked, Martinez gathered George Dobson's clever pass and picked out the far corner in emphatic fashion.

And, with their first real attack of the second half, the visitors completed the turnaround. There looked little on for Martinez 25 yards out, but the Spaniard's effort had too much power for Harker, and the ball nestled in the near corner.

Initially, Newcastle struggled to find their feet again. But, with just over 20 minutes remaining, substitute Victor Fernandez curled just wide of the far post after cutting in from the right.

Seeking a leveller, Dan Barlaser sent a 20-yard free-kick into the wall, before Dan Ward - a replacement for Hunter - tested Spiegel shortly after coming on.

But, it was not to be for Peter Beardsley's side, who - after a largely impressive campaign - just fell short at the final hurdle.

Newcastle United Under-23s: Nathan Harker, Callum Williams, Owen Bailey, Stuart Findlay, Kyle Cameron, Jack Hunter (Dan Ward 78), Dan Barlaser, Jamie Holmes, Liam Smith (Luke Charman 64), Adam Wilson (Victor Fernandez 58), Tom Heardman.

Substitutes not used: Otto Huuhtanen, Michael Newberry.

West Ham United Under-23s: Raphael Spiegel, Kyle Knoyle, Olatunji Akinola, Declan Rice, Noha Sylvestre (Stephen Hendrie 42), George Dobson, Moses Makasi, Daniel Kemp, Toni Martinez (Joe Powell 84), Nathan Holland (Grady Diangana 52), Martin Samuelsen.

Substitutes not used: Nathan Trott, Jahmal Hector-Ingram.

Referee: Tom Nield

Bookings: Newcastle United Under-23s - none; West Ham United Under-23s - George Dobson (89).

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