Monday 8 May 2017, 7:00pm at St James' Park, Newcastle
Newcastle United
Newcastle United
Holmes 6'; Findlay 35'
Fulham FC

6' Goal

Jamie Holmes

35' Goal

Stuart Findlay

45'+7 Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Luke Charman
Off:Haris Vuckic

60' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Lewis Cass
Off:Liam Gibson

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Victor Fernandez
Off:Jamie Holmes

51' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jerome Opoku
Off:Moritz Jenz

75' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Matt O'Riley
Off:Mikolaj Kwietniewski

The Whites were knocked out of the PL2 Play-Off Semi-Final at St James' Park on Monday evening 2-0.

Fulham were knocked out of the PL2 Play-Off Semi Final at St James’ Park on Monday evening with Newcastle winning 2-0. After conceding early with Jamie Holmes grabbing the first in the 6th minute, the Magpies doubled their lead in the 35th minute through a header from Stuart Findlay.

The Whites reached the Semi-Final of the Playoffs on the final day of the regular season. Although losing at Craven Cottage to Wolverhampton Wanderers, results elsewhere meant Fulham finished fourth in the PL2 Division 2.

Newcastle last time out beat Middlesbrough in a Tyne-Wear derby to ensure they finished third in the table. Their form had been hit or miss, with two wins, two losses and a draw in their last five. One of those wins was against Fulham less than a month ago.

Peter Grant made several changes to his side, Stephen Humphrys back from loan spell at Shrewsbury Town joined the starting line-up, as did Marek Rodak who was between the sticks after his stint at Accrington Stanley. Mikolaj Kwietnieski was promoted from the Under-18s to take the place of Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson.

Newcastle kicked off and the match started at an electric pace. In the first two minutes Williams had a shot on target before Newcastle broke down to the Whites’ end and Marek Rodak was called into action with Haris Vuckic shooting straight at him.

The next attack was Newcastle again, with pressure building from the Magpies and Tom Heardman curled an effort over.

Early dominance from Newcastle was enough and in the 6th minute Holmes escaped his marker inside the box, Rodak came off his line to close him down but wasn’t able to and Newcastle broke the deadlock.

10 minutes in and the Whites had found their feet in the match. Luca de la Torre hit the side netting before Humphrys had a shot deflected wide. From the resulting corner Mikolaj Kwietniewski crossed a perfectly weighted ball to the back post and Aaron Davies headed on target, and would have scored if not for some great goalkeeping from Matz Sels.

Newcastle almost doubled their tally five minutes later, Dan Barlaser got a shot away and Rodak managed to get a nick on the ball with an outstretched leg that redirected his shot onto the post and ricocheted out of danger.

Humphrys wanted to get on the score sheet and took an ambitious free kick from over 35 yards out. The ball dipped nicely and Sels had to make a diving save, he could only push the ball back into the action.

Williams was next with a chance, a high ball was crossed in and the Welshman got his head to it, but under pressure he sent it over the bar.

It was in the 35th minute that Newcastle doubled their lead. A corner was whipped into the Whites’ box and running at pace Findlay got a glancing header on the ball sending it into the top corner, there was nothing Rodak could do.

Fulham went on the attack and Newcastle sat back for the final ten minutes of the first half. A golden opportunity fell to George ¬≠Williams, a corner was crossed in quickly and unexpectedly landed at his feet. He couldn’t get a shot away and the defenders were on him quickly.

The Whites started the second as they finished the first, and it was them that had the first real opportunity since the restart. Elijah Adebayo powerfully headed on target and a fingertip save was needed by Sels to push this effort over the bar.

Williams was next to go close, he ran onto a deflected cross from Tayo Edun, a clever little dink put the ball on target but a defender got back just in time and cleared it off the line. Newcastle countered and Rodak made an excellent save from close range to keep the deficit at 2.

Adebayo had another chance with Edun whipping a ball into the box but couldn’t keep it on target. The Whites were putting real pressure on the Newcastle defence in the second half, and somehow were not able to find the back of the net.

With 20 minutes remaining it looked like the Whites luck might finally turn in the match. Edun played a high ball forward and it slipped past the Newcastle defender to leave Williams in a one on one. Sels rushed out and made a superb save, preserving Newcastle’s clean sheet.

Chance after chance presented but Fulham could not break the resilient Newcastle defence. With so many men forward in the final quarter of an hour Fulham looked likely to score, and Newcastle just as likely to nick a goal on the counter.

The full time whistle blew and Fulham were knocked out of the PL2 promotion race, a dominant second half was not enough to get them over the line and into the Play-Off final.

Match Information

Competition: PL2, Division 2

Date: Monday 8 May 2017
Kick-off: 7:00pm

Venue: St James' Park, Newcastle

Newcastle United

Line-up: Sels; Newberry, Bailey, Findlay, Gibson (Cass 60'); Barlaser, Hunter; Holmes (Fernandez 76'), Vuckic (Charman 45'), Wilson; Heardman

Unused substitutes: Harker, Smith


Line-up: Rodak; Sheckleford, Davies, Jenz (Opoku 51'), Edun; Kwietniewski (O'Riley 75'), Kait; de la Torre, Williams, Humphrys; Adebayo

Unused substitutes: Norman, Martin, Harris

Newcastle United (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Matz Sels
  • 2Michael Newberry
  • 5Owen Bailey
  • 6Stuart Findlay
  • 3Liam Gibson
  • 8Dan Barlaser
  • 4Jack Hunter
  • 7Jamie Holmes
  • 10Haris Vuckic
  • 11Adam Wilson
  • 9Tom Heardman
  • 12Lewis Cass
  • 13Nathan Harker
  • 14Liam, Smith
  • 15Victor Fernandez
  • 16Luke Charman
Fulham (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Marek Rodak
  • 2Ryheem Sheckleford
  • 5Aaron Davies
  • 6Moritz Jenz
  • 3Tayo Edun
  • 8Mikolaj Kwietniewski
  • 4Mattias Kait
  • 7Luca de la Torre
  • 10George Williams
  • 11Stephen Humphrys
  • 9Elijah Adebayo
  • 12Magnus Norman
  • 14Jerome Opoku
  • 15Dan Martin
  • 16Matt O'Riley
  • 17Jayden Harris