NEWCASTLE United Reserves booked their place in the last four of the Northumberland Senior Cup as they taught their student opponents a footballing lesson at Whitley Park.
Slovenian Haris Vuckic marked his home debut with a goal while French forward Wesley Ngo Baheng was on target in his comeback match after a 10-month injury layoff.
It was in the final of this competition last season that the 18-year-old suffered cruciate ligament damage just at a time when he was beginning to make his mark at second-string level.
And there were again glimpses of that talent following Baheng’s introduction on the hour as he fired United’s third with a low shot into the bottom corner after a sharp turn inside the box.
Before that the holders had raced into a two-goal lead after Mark Doninger (15) arrowed home from 20 yards and Vuckic (17) swept beyond Andrew Jennison from Jonny Godsmark’s right-wing centre.
Richard Money handed a debut to Swedish 16-year-old Samuel Adjei and the teenager impressed watching coaches Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood with a lively display.
The floodgates opened as the game entered the final quarter and, amid driving rain, the Magpies poured forward into Team Northumbria waters.
Baheng (74) got his goal before turning provider for full-back James Tavernier (88) who lashed into the roof of the net from 10 yards, and four became five in the dying seconds as Godsmark rounded off a fine night for Money’s side.
NEWCASTLE: Soderberg, Tavernier, Dummett, Lough, Taylor, Doninger, Danquah (McCrudden, 74) Godsmark, Ferguson, Vuckic (Inman, 59), Adjei (Baheng, 59). Subs (not used): Bath, Williams.
TEAM NORTHUMBRIA: Jennison, Riley (McCormick, 77) Baistow (McRoy, 77) Staples, Christensen, Redhead, Johnson, York, Davey, Harrop, James (Rodley, 46). Subs (not used): Buxeda, McCutcheon.