Newcastle United Under-23s 6 Scunthorpe United Under-23s 2
Newcastle United Under-23s sealed their place in the Premier League Cup knockout stages with an emphatic 6-2 victory against Scunthorpe United.
The hosts netted three first-half goals, with Tom Allan's quick-fire brace and Elliot Anderson's impressive solo finish giving Newcastle a comfortable advantage at Whitley Park.
George Hornshaw pulled a goal back for Scunthorpe on the stroke of half-time before former Magpie Yasin Ben El-Mhanni halved the deficit in the early stages of the second half.
Jack Young's free kick restored Newcastle's two-goal lead before goals from Yannick Touré and Oisín McEntee added gloss to the scoreline as Chris Hogg's side deservedly sealed their place in the last 16 of the competition for a third successive season.
Hogg, who was named as Newcastle United's under-23s head coach on Wednesday, was aiming to mark his first game with the young Magpies in victorious fashion.
However, Newcastle's second-string were without Elias Sørensen and Oliver Walters for their final Group C clash against the Iron, with the Danish striker suspended after his sending off in last week's Tyne-Wear derby victory against Sunderland, whilst Walters was ruled out after suffering a hamstring injury against the Magpies' local rivals.
Four changes were made to the side which defeated the Black Cats 2-0 at St. James' Park, with Lewis Cass replacing the injured Jamie Sterry at right-back along with Ludwig Francillette, Adam Wilson and Victor Fernández all included in the starting XI.
United's youngsters, searching for a fourth consecutive win and clean sheet in all competitions, began in positive fashion as, in the 17th minute, Allan sent his side into the lead. Following Rosaire Longelo's low through ball, Allan raced forward before calmly drilling the ball past Collins' near post to score his 15th goal of the season with the under-23 side.
Three minutes later, Newcastle doubled their lead as Allan netted his second of the afternoon. After a neat back-heel from Victor Fernández into Liam Gibson's path, the Stanley-born left-back sent a fine pass across the face of goal, with Allan on hand to lift the ball into the roof of the net from close range.
Anderson notched Newcastle's third in the 42nd minute, picking the ball up from the halfway line before driving at the Scunthorpe backline. After no challenge was made to prevent the teenager, Anderson slotted the ball into the far corner to complete an impressive solo effort.
On the stroke of half-time, George Hornshaw netted for Scunthorpe as, following a flick-on from A Trialist, Hornshaw drove a fierce volley beyond Jake Turner to end the 20-year-old's hopes of a fourth successive clean sheet.
In the 54th minute, El-Mhanni netted against his former club as the 24-year-old, who made his senior debut for the Magpies back in 2017, latched onto a defensive error before tucking the ball into the net.
Newcastle, though, regained their advantage through Young's free kick in the 61st minute. After Anderson was tripped on the edge of the penalty area by Scunthorpe's Fin Shrimpton, Young stepped up and bent a delightful set piece over the wall, with the ball curling into the left-hand corner.
Touré, a second-half substitute, got his name on the scoresheet in the 72nd minute as two ricochets worked the Swiss forward's favour as the teenager rolled the ball home to net his third goal in four competitive matches.
In stoppage time, McEntee grabbed Newcastle's sixth of the afternoon after Longelo's teasing corner found the Irish centre-back who powered his header past Collins.
After finishing in second place of Group C, Newcastle's youngsters will face an away trip to the winners of Group D in the Premier League Cup last 16.
Newcastle United Under-23s: Jake Turner (c), Lewis Cass, Ludwig Francillette, Oisín McEntee, Liam Gibson, Jack Young, Elliot Anderson, Adam Wilson (Mo Sangare 58), Victor Fernández (Yannick Touré 58), Rosaire Longelo, Tom Allan.
Subs not used: Lucas Gamblin, Oliver Marshall, Josh Scott.