Last Updated: 24/07/14 9:41am
That's it, and a very promising showing for Newcastle. Plenty of reasons for optimism, and they still have new faces to add to this bunch of players.
GOAL! Armstrong is found free up front, and an excellent little flick inside opens it up before the sub finishes calmly at the near post.
A change for either side. Campbell comes on for Coloccini. Gameiro comes off for Timetheou as Sydney make another sub.
Really impressive mazy run from Perez, cutting inside and outside defenders before miscuing his shot.
Elliot called into action for the first time. Sydney break quickly and Gameiro nearly curls one into the corner, but Elliot reacts well to save. Corner.
Ayoze Perez takes to the field for Emmanuel Riviere. An impressive debut from the former Monaco man.
Sydney get us underway in the second half. Just the one change for Alan Pardew's men, as Siem de Jong is replaced by Haris Vuckic.
Half-time, and it's been an absolute stroll for Newcastle so far. Reasons for optimism include the performances of Aarons, Riviere and de Jong, as well as the look of a solid defence and well-oiled team overall. Sydney have looked poor.
Aarons has been the standout player for Newcastle without a doubt. Persistence, pace and strength down the left, and his cross creates havoc in the area again before it's cleared.
Petkovic receives a yellow card for a handball 20 yards out. De Jong's free-kick can't quite bend enough around the wall.
Though Sydney started relatively brightly, the Newcastle onslaught has really set them back. They're offering little going forward as Coloccini and Taylor stay strong in the centre.
GOAL! Newcastle make it 3, and it's the most unlikely of sources! Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa marauds on a trademark(!) run forward, and his deflected effort from 25 yards out finds the bottom corner.
Very impressive from Anita who blasts forward and causes panic in the Syndey defence. A quick turn from the Dutchman and he's hacked down 20 yards out wide on the right.
GOAL! Newcastle continue to press after the initial save from Gouffran's header, and it's the Frenchman who crosses for Riviere, who's excellent movement allows him to tap home for his first goal in Newcastle colours.
Another great cross from Aarons on the left-hand side falls to Gouffran, but he can't quite direct his header.
Corner for Newcastle, and they nearly snatch a quickfire double. Coloccini first miscues the jump for a header, then the ball rebounds back to him but it's well blocked.
GOAL! Huge mix-up at the back for Sydney, and it's Neceveski stumbling over the ball that gives us the opener. Riviere reacts quickest, laying the ball back to de Jong who slots into an empty goal.
Ryall launches a cross into the box, giving Elliot the chance to get his first touch as he claims the ball with ease.
Fairly promising stuff from Newcastle so far. Aarons especially is really impressing on the left-hand side.
Some more trickery and pace from Aarons as Newcastle are carving out plenty of opportunities on that far side. This time the cross does reach Riviere, but Neceveski is out well to thwart him at his feet.
Carle almost finds Ryall with a cutback around 20 yards out, but it's well intercepted and Newcastle start again from the back.
A promising run from Aarons almost provides a chance for Newcastle, but it's cleared before it reaches Riviere.
The first glimpse of an opening comes from Newcastle as Gouffran bursts down the right, but Petkovic is there to clear up.
Sydney are starting to come into their own a little bit more now. Serbian defender Petkovic, Sydney's Player of the Year last season, is marshalling the defence well.
Two minutes gone and Newcastle are dominant in possession, pretty much everyone has had a touch and are getting heavily involved in the passing.
In a touching tribute to Newcastle fans Alder and Sweeney, Alan Pardew and Fabricio Coloccini place wreaths on their seats. There will now be a minutes silence held for the two.
Sydney FC XI: Necevski, Ryall, Petkovic, Gameiro, Ibini, Ognenovski, Antonis, Carle, Abbas, Brosque, Gersbach.
Here are the Newcastle subs: Alnwick, Perez, Vuckic, Ameobi, Dummett, Abeid, Satka, Armstrong, Campbell, Woodman. Just minutes until kick off.
There's the Newcastle starting line-up then. We'll have the substitutes, as well as Sydney FC's team news. In the meantime, you can get your views and predictions sent in. Which Newcastle player are you most looking forward to seeing? And do you think the club's transfer business is done? Send in your views via email to Matthew.Stead@bskyb.com, or by Twitter to MattStead91, and I'll publish them as soon as I can. Just 10 minutes until kick off!
Today's friendly is set to be an incredibly emotional affair for Newcastle. Wreaths will be laid for John Alder and Liam Sweeney, two Newcastle fans who were aboard the doomed MH17 flight that crashed near Ukraine last week. The two fans were travelling to be in attendance for this match, and Alan Pardew has already dedicated the game to them.
The answer is, of course, yes. Colback and de Jong reprise their places amongst the starting XI, while new striker Emmanuel Riviere makes his first appearance in white and black (well, Newcastle are wearing their grey kit!)
Newcastle XI: Elliot, Yanga-Mbiwa, Coloccini, S. Taylor, Haidara, Anita, Colback, Gouffran, de Jong, Aarons, Riviere
You can never read too much into friendlies, and the Geordies won't exactly want to after losing their first one to Oldham. However, that clash saw the promising debut of new playmaker Siem de Jong - as well as Sunderland old boy Jack Colback - so could we see any more of the new faces in Alan Pardew's ranks this morning?
Hello and welcome to the live commentary on today's friendly match between Sydney FC and Newcastle United.