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Washington FC 0-5 Newcastle Blue Star (22/08/2023)

Newcastle Blue continued their perfect start to the Northern League season, with a comfortable 5-0 victory against Washington.

Early first-half goals from youngster Alfie Livermore and Nelson Ogbewe put Blue Star ahead early on. ‘The Star’ would then extend their lead in the second half through Michael Richardson and a brace from Harvey Walsh.

Currently unbeaten this season, Blue Star arrived at Washington as strong favourites, especially with the home side having failed to win a single game so far this season.

Blue Star continued their recent trend of scoring early and took the lead in the 4th minute - with Ogbewe smartly squaring it to Livermore, who slotted home into an empty net.

‘The Star’ would continue their electric start to the game, grabbing another goal in the 16th minute, with Ogbewe turning from provider to goal scorer, calmly slotting his effort through the goalkeeper's legs.

Following the second goal, Washington seemed to toughen up defensively, not allowing Blue Star as much freedom in the final third.

Blue Star however would still have chances to further extend their lead before the break, with Walsh coming close. Ultimately though the score would remain 2-0 at the halftime break.

The start of the second half would see Blue Star’s goal hunt continue. Scoring their 3rd in the 55th minute, with Walsh’s cross falling at the feet of Richardson, whose shot found the bottom corner.

It seemed as if the game would peter out at 3-0 but following a number of changes, Blue Star would once again turn on the style. Scoring a fourth in the 75th minute with Walsh firing his shot through the legs of the Washington goalkeeper.

Walsh would again be on the goal train just four minutes later, with his mazy run in behind the Washington defence resulting in him slotting home into the bottom corner.

Despite their efforts, Washington failed to really muster any real threat all night, with Blue Star remaining comfortable throughout and coming away with a 5-0 victory.


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