Newcastle United paid tribute to the two fans lost in the Malaysian Airlines tragedy with a comfortable 4-0 win over Sydney FC in Dunedin, New Zealand.
A debut goal from Emmanuel Riviere and an Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa deflected effort followed Siem de Jong’s opener and substitute Adam Armstrong added a fourth eight minutes from time.
Wreaths were laid and a minute’s silence held before kick-off in memory of Newcastle fans John Alder and Liam Sweeney, who were lost when flight MA17 came down in Ukraine.
And when the match did get underway, Newcastle were gifted their opener. A horror miscue from Sydney keeper Ivan Necevski fell straight to Riviere and he passed to fellow new signing De Jong to slide into an empty net.
RIviere then turned from provider to scorer from Gouffran’s pass and Yanga-Mbiwa added a deflected third before Armstrong rounded things off late in the game.
Newcastle conclude their tour of New Zealand against Wellington Phoenix at the Westpac Stadium on Saturday.
PRE-MATCH: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is accompanied by skipper Fabricio Coloccini to lay wreaths in the seats of Newcastle fans John Alder and Liam Sweeney, both lost in the Malaysian Airlines tragedy. A minute’s silence is then observed before kick-off.
Newcastle United coach Alan Pardew (L) and team captain Fabrico Coloccini (AFP)
18’ – GOAL NEWCASTLE: It’s a horror moment for Sydney keeper Ivan Necevski who miscues straight to Emmanuel Riviere. He passes to the waiting Siem de Jong who sidefoots into an unguarded net.
25’ – GOAL NEWCASTLE: Riviere turns from provider to scorer, netting his first for his new club from Yoan Gouffran’s neat cross.
33’ – GOAL NEWCASTLE: It’s Yanga-Mbiwa’s turn to net his first for the club, although he’s assisted by a huge deflection off Sasa Ognenovski’s boot.
82’ – GOAL NEWCASTLE: Adam Armstrong completes the scoring, latching onto Adam Campbell’s pass to finish well past Necevski.
Lost fans well honoured: A moving pre-match tribute was paid to the two Newcastle fans who were never able to take their seats for the match they were on the way to. Applause rang out during the match as pictures of the fans were shown on the big screens in the Forsyth Barr Stadium.
Newcastle fans in New Zealand (AFP)
MAN OF THE MATCH
Siem de Jong (Newcastle Utd): Was only on the pitch for 45 minutes, but that was plenty long enough to suggest the former Ajax skipper will be a force to be reckoned with during the season to come.
Newcastle Utd: Elliot 6; Yanga-Mbiwa 7, Coloccini 7, S.Taylor 6, Haidara 6; Anita 6, Colback 6; Gouffran 6, de Jong 8, Aarons 6; Riviere 7. SUBS: Abeid 6, Ameobi 7, Armstrong 7, Campbell 7, Dummett 6, Perez 6, Satka 6, Vuckic 6.
Sydney FC: Necevski 4, Ryall 7, Petkovic 6, Gameiro 7, Ibini 6, Ognenovski 6, Antonis 6, Carle 7, Abbas 6, Brosque 6, Gersbach 5. SUBS: Triantis 6, Dimitrijevic 6, Timetheou 7.
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