Newcastle United cruised to their first win of pre-season with a 4-0 win over Sydney FC in Dunedin. Goals from Siem de Jong, Emmanuel Riviere, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Adam Armstrong did the business for Alan Pardew’s side, who dominated the match from start to finish and totally outclassed their A-League opponents. The Newcastle manager named a strong starting line-up. At least eight of the starters in New Zealand can hold genuine hopes of starting the Premier League season against Manchester City next month. Teenage winger Rolando Aarons was the only unfamiliar face in the otherwise senior line-up but never looked out of place on the left wing. Right from the off the Magpies kept the ball and dictated play, forcing Sydney – who have parted ways with their star player Alessandro Del Piero – deep into their own half. Aarons was the first to create something for his side, skipping past two defenders on the left before sending a teasing cross into the middle which Riviere couldn’t get onto. But Newcastle didn’t have to wait long for their opener. A shocking clearance from Sydney goalkeeper Necevski landed at the feet of Riviere, who set up de Jong for a simple finish into the empty net. With their tails up the Magpies didn’t take long to get a second. Yoan Gouffran done well down the right before finding Riviere for a simple tap in. It was clear that Sydney were never going to trouble Newcastle and Rob Elliot didn’t get a touch in the first half. The third came when Yanga-Mbiwa – playing at right-back – broke a tackle and foraged forward before firing a left-foot shot towards goal. The effort wouldn’t have troubled Necevski normally but a huge deflection sent the ball into the opposite corner, leaving the beleaguered goalie stranded. After half-time the tempo of the game was affected by the number of substitutions and it looked like ending 3-0 before good work from Adam Campbell teed up Armstrong, who cut inside the last defender and poked home his first ever senior Newcastle goal. It was a perfect way to round off the game from a Geordie perspective, with two local lads combining to score a goal in a game that was dedicated to two other local lads who were tragically killed in the flight MH17 tragedy.