Almere City (Netherlands) (a) Friendly
2 mins Meulens shot 0-1
Newcastle's Dutch tour ended on Tuesday with defeat on a grass training pitch, rather than the plastic surface at Almere's romantically-named Mitsubushi Forklift Stadion.
With striker Phil Airey reverting back to his
previous role at right back, Peter Beardsley's side went one down in just the
second minute when Meulens netted for the home side.
Joey Barton was booked after 50 minutes for a wild lunge and Ole Soderberg pulled off a couple of fine saves before Almere got their third via the penalty spot when Meulens claimed his second of the game after the same player was fouled in the area by Barton.
Sammy Ameobi then reduced the arrears with ten minutes remaining with a tap-in from a Routledge cross and Ranger almost grabbed an equaliser with four minutes to play, only to be denied by the outstretched foot of City 'keeper Erwin Friebel as United striker bore down on goal.
Based in Almere, City are a second tier side who finished
bottom of the table last season, but found themselves reprieved from
relegation following the demise of fellow strugglers Roosendaal. Their
opponents this coming
season include Den Bosch and Helmond Sport - sides that United faced on
their pre-season first team tour of the Netherlands in 1999.