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Newcastle Blue Star 5-0 Brandon United (19/08/2023)

Yesterday, Newcastle Blue Star made it six wins from six as they ran out comfortable 5-0 winners against Brandon United.

Goals from Harvey Walsh, Ryan Carr, Dan Lanning, Alfie Livermore, and Lee Mason meant Blue Star maintained their unbeaten start to the Northern League season.

Winning five of their first five games this season, Blue Star would have been the bookie's favorite heading into the clash, especially with their opponents having only picked up one win so far.

With the sun shining down on Scotswood, Blue Star would start the quicker of the two sides, racing into an early lead in the 8th minute. A quick counter-attack led by Walsh eventually lead to Lanning squaring the ball back to Walsh, who fired home in an empty net.

Following their opener, the home side would look for their second – nearly doing so in the 17th minute when Mason’s shot nestled off the woodwork.

Blue Star however would grow more frustrated as the half wore on, struggling to breakdown Brandon’s low block. Even nearly getting caught on the break in the 40th minute, when the Brandon number 11 fired a shot destined for the top corner, only to be denied by a fantastic save by Callum Dobson.

The home side’s frustrations however would be short-lived as they would eventually find a second goal in the 42nd minute - with Lanning’s cross finding Carr who chested the ball home.

Walsh and Carr’s first-half goals meant Blue Star went into the break 2-0 ahead on the scoresheet.

Blue Star started the second half as they started the first, scoring just eight minutes after the interval – with Walsh and Lanning linking up once again, this time though Lanning would be the one on the scoresheet, rifling his shot into the roof of the net.

Following their third goal, Blue Star started to become a bit sloppy letting Brandon back into the game, with their number 11 nearly scoring on two occasions.

Brian Smith however would soon make a number of changes which ultimately seemed to wake his side up - with one of those substitutions; Livermore, scoring an absolute screamer in the 80th minute.

‘The Star’ would then grab yet another goal seven minutes later with Mason scoring from the penalty spot, for the second game running.

The referee would soon blow the final whistle and confirm Blue Star as 5-0 victors.


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