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Saturday, 14 July, 2001, 20:30 GMT 21:30 UK
Newcastle coast to Belgian win
Shola Ameobi of Newcastle
Shola Ameobi scored twice for Newcastle United
Intertoto Cup - third round, first leg.
Sporting Lokeren 0-4 Newcastle United

Newcastle have made a winning start in their bid for a place in this season's UEFA Cup.

Bobby Robson's men showed some nice touches en route to a comfortable win over Sporting Lokeren in the first leg of their Intertoto Cup quarter-final clash in Belgium.

A first Newcastle goal for Wayne Quinn and two strikes from Shola Ameobi earned them a three-goal advantage at half-time.

Craig Bellamy in Intertoto Cup action
Bellamy: Key contributions
And striker, Lomano Lua Lua - on as a second-half substitute - sealed the win with a stunning overhead kick in the 86th minute.

Newcastle, playing without established first-team regulars like Alan Shearer, Carl Cort, Kieron Dyer and Robert Lee, produced a dominant display, with 6m new boy, Craig Bellamy, enjoying centre stage in their absence.

The Welsh international striker looked sharp and unsettled the Lokeren defence with his non-stop running and probing.

And after a scrappy opening to the match, he got Newcastle off to a flying start, setting up the opening two goals.

After breaking dangerously down the right, Bellamy pulled the ball back to Quinn, who netted from inside the box after 13 minutes.

The Belgians found themselves two down just 10 minutes later, after another Bellamy run provided Nigerian-born striker, Ameobi, with his first goal of the season.

The 19-year-old, who grabbed the chance to impress watching England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson, was on the scoresheet again in the 39th minute.

He robbed defender Alen Mrzlecki before sliding the ball beyond goalkeeper Daniel Zitka.

Wonder goal

Lokeren were able to re-group after the break and had their best chance in the 57th minute, when Pappi Kimoto bypassed the entire Newcastle defence with a brilliant run.

However, with only Shay Given to beat, he somehow managed to shoot wide.

In the 70th minute, two-goal Ameobi was brought off to give Lua Lua his first European run-out and the Zaire-born youngster did not disappoint.

When Lokeren failed to clear the ball in their own 18-yard box, Nicos Dabizas flicked a header towards the 20-year-old, who produced an acrobatic overhead kick to seal the win.

If Newcastle see off Lokeren in the return leg at St James' Park next Saturday, they will meet either Dutch outfit RKC Waalwijk, or German side 1860 Munich in the semi-finals.


Teams:

Lokeren: Zitka, Helgason, Seyfo, Vidarsson, Van Dender, Kimoto, Vonasek, Gretarsson, Katana, De Beule, Mrzlecki. Subs: Dabanovic, De Geest, Van Hoey, Moerenhout, Musinga, El Bodmossi, Zoundi.

Newcastle: Given, Barton, Dabizas, Elliott, Hughes, Bassedas, Quinn, Solano, Speed, Ameobi, Bellamy. Subs: Harper, Stephen Caldwell, Gavilan, Green, McClen, Lua-Lua, Bernard.

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