Newcastle United RECAP: First-team trio make Magpies return as youngsters edge Fulham late on
Newcastle United trio Matty Longstaff, Paul Dummett and Ciaran Clark make their long-awaited return to action today with the Magpies’ under-23 side.
Fulham are the visitors this afternoon (kick-off 1pm) – and we’ll have live action with Liam Kennedy in place at St James’s Park for the Premier League 2, Division 2 clash.
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Newcastle United U23 v Fulham U23: The return of Matty Longstaff, Paul Dummett & Ciaran Clark
- Newcastle United U23 2 (Toure 79, Flaherty 88) Fulham U23 1 (Tiehi 27)
- NUFC XI: Dan Langley; George Rounsfell, Ciaran Clark (Bradley Cross 60), Ludwig Francillette, Paul Dummett (Lucas Gamblin 60); Matty Longstaff (Joe Oliver 46), Kyle Scott; Stan Flaherty, Rodrigo Vilca, Achraf Lazaar; Yannick Toure.
FT - Newcastle United win 2-1
88 - GOAL NUFC!
Stan Flaherty, provider for the first, cuts in from the right to get himself in on the act, curling home with his left foot for 2-1.
A finish right out the top drawer!
81 - CLOSE!
Toure almost has a second as he finds space at the back post and fires powerfully at Wickens, who saves but allows it to squirm through his legs. It stays out, though. Remains 1-1.
79 - GOAL NUFC!
Stan Flaherty finds Yannick Toure in the middle and the big striker smashes home via the post.
62 - POST!
Newcastle wideman Stan Flaherty smashes one off the post from the right, then on the follow up he sees another effort saved by George Wickens. CLOSE!
TWO more changes for NUFC
49 - CLOSE!
Paul Dummett digs out Achraf Lazaar in the middle but the Moroccan fires wide when well-placed. A good chance for United, who’ve started this second 45 with renewed vigour.
And we’re off again - ONE change for NUFC
Matty Longstaff’s afternoon is over with Joe Oliver coming on for the second half. It was a quiet return for the midfielder, but seemingly a pre-planned substitution.
HT - and NUFC are behind
Here’s Liam Kennedy’s HT player ratings:
Dan Langley - Some excellent low stops and unlucky not to stop the opener - 7
George Rounsfell - An error for the goal - 5
Ludwig Francillette - Strong in the air but will be disappointed with the goal - 6
Ciaran Clark - Leading from the back, one positive burst with ball at feet - 6
Paul Dummett - Looks a little rusty but it’s no surprise given he’s been out since January - 5
Kyle Scott - Probably the pick of the United bunch. Very vocal and always an option - 7
Matty Longstaff - A quiet return to action for the midfielder so far - 6
Stan Flaherty - Looks a threat cutting in off the right but has done little damage so far - 6
Rodrigo Vilca - Seen the rough and the smooth from the Peruvian so far - 6
Achraf Lazaar - Looks well, well off the pace - 5
Yannick Toure - Struggling to make the ball stick. Should have scored early on - 5