Newcastle United Under-23s 4 Birmingham City Under-23s 0
Newcastle United Under-23s claimed an impressive 4-0 victory over their Birmingham City counterparts in the group stages of the Premier League Cup on Monday evening.
United's second-string broke the deadlock in early fashion at Whitley Park courtesy of a trialist's composed finish, following an impressive lofted pass from Jonjo Shelvey, before Elliot Anderson doubled the young Magpies' advantage, starting and completing a neat counter attack shortly after the hour-mark.
Dylan Stephenson's strike, his eighth goal in all competitions this term for United's youngsters, extended Newcastle's lead further before Anderson's stoppage-time penalty rounded off a resounding Group G win.
Six changes were made from the side who suffered a 2-0 Papa John's Trophy defeat at Harrogate Town last week, with Shelvey being the most notable inclusion as the six-time England international stepped up his recovery from a calf injury sustained in August.
Goalkeeper Dan Langley and defender Matt Bondswell, who both made their Magpies first-team debut during pre-season, were named in the starting eleven as well as winger Adam Wilson, 17-year-old midfielder Jay Turner-Cooke and a trialist.
United's second-string had already defeated their Blues counterparts in the Premier League 2 back in August, claiming an impressive 4-0 away win in Warwickshire.
The hosts almost got off to a rapid start as Turner-Cooke's low drive towards goal, following Bondswell's inviting cross was pushed away by Birmingham goalkeeper Oli Basey.
In the eighth minute, Newcastle broke the deadlock as Shelvey's long-range pass eventually fell into a trialist's path before the striker calmly slotted the ball into the far left-hand corner.
United were fortunate to remain on level terms towards the half-hour mark after surviving three strikes in succession, with Keke Symmonds hitting the inside of the post, Langley blocking Kyle Hurst's rebound with his leg before United defender Brad Cross heroically blocked Kieran Wakefield's follow-up.
In the second-half, Langley prevented Symmonds with an important stop as the 20-year-old shot-stopper got down low to hold the forward's low goal bound strike.
The Blues struck the woodwork for a second time as Oriel Soldevila's close-range effort clipped the far post before the Newcastle defence cleared the ball to safety.
In the 63rd minute, Newcastle doubled their advantage as Anderson notched his third goal in five competitive matches at second-string level.
The 18-year-old, who made his Premier League debut for his boyhood club against Arsenal in January, started off a dangerous move from inside his own half, picking out midfielder Joe White before the England under-18 international calmly teed up Anderson inside the penalty area, who cooly placed the ball into the net.
In the 78th minute, Newcastle registered their third of the evening as Stephenson, who replaced Trialist towards the hour mark, continued his fine goalscoring form.
The Blyth-born forward, who received a Premier League 2 Player of the Month nomination in August, raced onto Wilson's forward pass before squeezing the ball through the legs of Basey, notching his eighth goal in his opening eleven matches in all competitions for United's second-string.
In the 90th minute, Newcastle added further gloss to the scoreline as Anderson grabbed his brace in the dying minutes of the Group G encounter.
After Wilson was tripped inside the penalty area, Anderson made no mistake from 12 yards with an emphatic spot-kick, sending Basey the wrong way to complete back-to-back 4-0 victories against their City counterparts.
Newcastle United Under-23s: Dan Langley, Joe Oliver (Charlie Wiggett 57), Brad Cross, Remi Savage, Matt Bondswell, Joe White, Jonjo Shelvey (Jack Young 79), Jay Turner-Cooke, Adam Wilson, Elliot Anderson (c), Trialist (Dylan Stephenson 59).
Subs not used: Steven Bessent, Lucas De Bolle.