Newcastle breezed past their Australian opponents to claim victory in the first game of their New Zealand tour.
Siem De Jong scored his 2nd goal in as many games for Newcastle in the 18th minute. A messy clearance by Sydney goalkeeper Ivan Necevski allowed fellow new signing Emmanuel Riviere to pounce with an assist to De Jong.
The Magpies continued to pile on the pressure and were rewarded with a 2nd goal in the 26th minute, this time it was Riviere’s turn to get on the score sheet with a close range strike from Yoan Gouffran’s assist.
Goal number 3 came from a deflected long range Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa strike which left the Sydney goal keeper with no chance of making a save.
The second half saw several changes for both teams including the replacement of goalscorer Riviere for another new signing, Ayoze Perez.
But it was another substitution, Adam Armstrong, who netted the Toon’s 4th and final goal in the 82nd minute with an assist from Adam Campbell.
Newcastle United: Elliot, Yanga-Mbiwa, Coloccini (Campbell 81), S.Taylor (Satka 76), Haidara (Dummett 76), Gouffran (Armstrong 76), Anita, Colback (Abeid 68), Aarons (Ameobi 68), De Jong (Vuckic 46), Riviere (Perez 54).
Sydney FC: Necevski, Ryall, Petkovic, Gameiro (Burgess 81), Ibini, Ognenovski, Antonis, Carle (Dimitrijevic 55), Abbas, Brosque (Triantis 62), Gersbach.
There was a one minute silence before kick-off at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, in memory of John Alder and Liam Sweeney during which the Newcastle players also wore shirts bearing their names.
A tribute was also held on the big screen prior to kick-off and each Newcastle player wore a black armband to remember the two fans who lost their lives on route to this very game.
Further tributes came in the 28th and 63rd minute as fans applauded in memory of 28 year old Liam and 63 year old John.
It was a strong performance by Newcastle, featuring goals from two new signings which is great news.
The final goal, set up by one local lad and scored by another, was a fitting end to this emotional day down-under.