Luton Town’s run in the FA Cup run has ended after a 3-1 defeat in the Third Round by Newcastle United.
The Hatters bought a crowd of nearly 8,000 fans to Tyneside, in a record for a competitive game at the rebuilt St. James’ Park. A lively opening saw both sides come close to an opening goal, before the home side began to create more of the chances and they took the lead through Ayoze Perez after half an hour.
Perez turned in the rebound after Marek Stech had failed to hold onto Dwight Gayle’s free-kick, and similar circumstances lead to a quick second for the Magpies’ Spanish striker. Stech had initially denied Gayle’s header from a Matt Ritchie cross, but Perez turned the rebound in.
Newcastle had a third goal in the final minutes of the first half, as Jonjo Shelvey struck the ball into the back of the net from just outside the penalty area.
Luton had a goal back within 3 minutes of the restart, as an errant clearance was intercepted and teed up for Danny Hylton to round the home goalkeeper and finish.
Hylton then had the ball in the back of the net a second time just before the hour, but had a goal disallowed for offside.
The game began to be more open. On their dad Rob’s former home pitch, Olly and Elliot Lee came close from free-kicks, with the former seeing one deflected wide and the latter seeing another hit the bar, while Andrew Shinnie saw his own effort tipped wide.
As the game ticked into its latter stages, both sides missed further chances, with Gayle denied by Stech and both Mohammed Diame and Elliot Lee missing at each end.
But Newcastle’s first half goals turned out to be enough and it lead to the League Two leaders heading out of the competition against their Premier League opponents.