Newcastle Benfield 8 Brandon United 0
Newcastle Benfield secured their passage into the league cup knockout stages after a resounding victory over Brandon United on Wednesday evening.
Brandon started the game in a positive manner with Lewis Charlton and Ben Joyeux both looking dangerous giving the Benfield back line plenty to ponder in the early exchanges.
Benfield themselves were looking to attack early on too with Joe Robson having an effort saved and also Matty Parker going close.
The breakthrough came in the 14th minute as Cyril Giraud gave the Lions the lead with a low effort which went in via a post.
The lively Charlton almost drew Brandon level but Andrew Grainger was quick to block the effort on the edge of his area and the lead remained intact.
On 29 minutes Benfield doubled their advantage after a fine cross from Brayson was calmly finished by Giraud for his second of the evening.
Peter Glen-Ravenhill was introduced in the 36th minute as Guilherme Baltazar made way after being booked after an altercation with an opponent.
With the two goal cushion, Benfield were now playing the ball around well and creating some good openings but without being able to add to the score line before half time.
The popular Lewis Scorgie who was making a welcome return to the starting eleven after injury almost added a third in the 48th minute but unfortunately his looping header rebounded off the crossbar to safety.
Benfield were now firmly in control with Paul Brayson shooting narrowly wide. The lads didn’t have to wait long for the third goal which came in the 53rd minute after brilliant work from Matty Parker set up Ben Richardson to fire a low drive into the back of the net.
Young Matty was in the thick of it again 3 minutes later after brilliant strength got him to the byline before his fine cross was diverted into the net by a Brandon defender to make it 4-0.
With Benfield in total control the remaining permitted substitutions were made and the game was being predominantly played in central areas. However, in the 80th minute Benfield were to score a 5th after an infringement from the visiting keeper. Cyril Giraud stepped up and fired a fine effort into the roof of the net.
Four minutes later and it was 6-0 as the ball fell kindly to Giraud who made no mistake slipping the ball into the net. In the 87th minute it was 7-0 and five for Cyril as arguably his best goal of the night was saved for last as a left foot strike whistled into the top corner.
The 8th and final goal came in the 89th minute after a cross from Joe Robson was diverted into the Brandon net by a defender. Shortly after the referee called time and a last 16 tie at Hebburn Town was secured.
Although the score line was severe from a Brandon perspective the men from the Welfare Ground kept playing their football and there are certainly a number of players in their ranks who will play at a higher level in future years.
From a Benfield perspective this was a thoroughly professional performance and there are plenty of positives for the management team to digest ahead of North Shields this coming Saturday.