Disappointment for Rochdale’s Irish contingent as Newcastle cruise into fourth round

Newcastle United 4-1 Rochdale

BRIAN BARRY-MURPHY and Rochdale couldn’t add their name to the list of FA Cup giantkillings as Newcastle United swatted them aside this evening.

The League One side caused a minor shock when they held their Premier League rivals to a 1-1 draw at Spotland Stadium 10 days ago.

But Steve Bruce’s side made no mistake as they raced into a 3-0 lead and killed the tie inside the opening 26 minutes.

It was a disappointing evening for Barry-Murphy and Rochdale’s Irish contingent, not least Cork’s Eoghan O’Connell who inadvertently opened the scoring when he turned the ball into his own net on 17 minutes.

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Former Cork City midfielder Jimmy Keohane tackles Matty Longstaff.

Source: Owen Humphreys

Matty Longstaff and Miguel Angel Almiron added two more in quick succession to set Newcastle on course for their first win in six games, and a home date with Oxford United in the fourth round.

Joelinton bagged Newcastle’s fourth in the 82nd minute before Jordan Williams scored a late consolation for the visitors four minutes from time.

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