Match Report: Newcastle United v Ichifuna

Jul 25, 2018 | Premier Section

Newcastle United helped themselves to their second win at the competition at a sun soaked Warren in Portstewart.


A strong second half showing saw the English outfit edge past Japanese side Ichifuna, who were left to rue their profligacy in front of goal throughout.


It was the English side that the games first opportunity as Thomas Cole shot tamely at goal after great work from Tai Ebanks.


The Japanese side grew as the half progressed and Shota Numaguch saw his effort tipped over the bar after great work by the industrious Kento Uematsu down the left.


Matsumoto was next to go close after some neat inter-play but his shot drifted wide of the upright.


The Japanese side continued to dominate the early stages of the second half and they should have taken the lead after a breakdown in the communication among the Newcastle rearguard.


A wayward free kick was collected by Numaguchi and he cleverly slid in Matsuya but his effort failed to find the far corner and rolled out for a goal kick.


Ichifuna’s wastefulness in front of goal was soon punished as Newcastle claimed the only goal of the game. Elliot Anderson latched on to a diagonal ball from the right and cut inside before calmly sliding the ball past the Japanese ‘keeper to score the only goal of the game.


This goal deflated the hardworking Japanese outfit, who deserved more from the game but in the end it was Dave Watson’s Tynesiders that claimed all three points.


Sam Gamble