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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Matty Longstaff of Newcastle United.

Newcastle United U23 v Fulham U23: The return of Matty Longstaff, Paul Dummett & Ciaran Clark

Key Events

  • 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.
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A poor corner by Kyle Scott hits the first man but goes straight back to the midfielder. He drops the ball into Ludwig Francillette on the edge of the area, but his powerful shot is straight at George Watkins.

A mistake by right back Ryan Barrett as he gifts the ball to Fulham in the United area. Dan Langley makes a good low stop to deny Ben Davis before Jean Pierre Tiehi hammers home, via Langley, for 1-0.

26 - Vilca goes close

Debutant Rodrigo Vilca ghosts inside one Fulham defender before chopping back and attempting to curl past George Wickens but the Newcastle No10 fires high and wide.

Dan Langley has to stretch full length to deny Terry Ablade’s left-footed strike down low. Fulham working their way into this one.

Stan Flaherty floated into the middle and curled a left-footed effort from 20 yards over the top. If the former Arsenal youngster had looked up, he would have seen Achraf Lazaar free to his left in the area.

A driving run forward from Newcastle United defender Ciaran Clark opened things up for Yannick Toure - but having been put through the young striker skewed wide with his left foot. Excellent stuff from Clark - the run and the through ball.

And we’re off at SJP

Newcastle United lining up in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Dan Langley; Ryan Barrett, Ciaran Clark, Ludwig Francillette, Paul Dummett; Matty Longstaff, Kyle Scott; Stan Flaherty, Rodrigo Vilca, Achraf Lazaar; Yannick Toure. 

Another one back after a long-term injury

Summer signing Rodrigo Vilca makes his NUFC debut at SJP today

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