NEWCASTLE United Reserves secured back-to-back home victories thanks to an early double strike against visiting Rotherham United at Whitley Park, Benton, last night.
The Magpies, who had beaten Huddersfield Town 5-1 a week previous, last night included first-team squad members Tamas Kadar and Ryan Donaldson in their starting side.
It took the hosts just three minutes to find a breakthrough, Irish starlet Shane Ferguson’s corner acrobatically turned home from close range by Faroe Islands midfielder Joan Edmundsson.
Skipper Donaldson shaved the crossbar just moments later as United’s enterprising start continued.
It was an opening which yielded a second goal after just 10 minutes.
Northern Ireland international Ferguson drilled home first time from 20 yards having been put clear by Wesley Ngo Baheng.
Rotherham, though, refused to throw in the towel and the anticipated deluge of home goals failed to materialise.
Millers’ striker Paul Warne smashed wide from 12 yards on 32 minutes and Jak Alnwick was forced into a reflex save to keep out a Jacob Webster header before the break.
Slovenian starlet Haris Vuckic bagged a brace against Huddersfield last week and was again impressive; his measured curler on the stroke of half-time brushing the base of the post.
Ferguson’s deliveries continued to prove troublesome for the visitors.
It was from his centre Wesley Ngo Baheng lifted a delicate lob on to the crossbar on 67 minutes.
Alan Thompson’s men saw out the remainder of the match with few problems, despite a late floodlight failure.
They will now wrap up their league campaign when Grimsby Town visit Tyneside on Thursday night.
NEWCASTLE: Jak Alnwick, Darren Lough, Matthew Grieve (Stephen Folan 75), Tamas Kadar, Paul Dummett, Joan Edmundsson, Ryan Donaldson (c) (Jonny Godsmark 70), Patrick McLaughlin (Brad Inman 61), Shane Ferguson, Haris Vuckic, Wesley Ngo Bahneg. Subs (not used): Sammy Ameobi, Conor Newton