Two late Newcastle goals broke Morecambe hearts to knock them out of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night.
Shola Ameobi’s deflected strike five minutes from time and brother Sammy’s solo effort in were enough to send Alan Pardew’s side into round three after a brave Shrimps display.
Jim Bentley had seen his side have the better of the first half chances, with a Padraig Amond header all but crossing the line midway through the half, but the Premier League side’s superior quality eventually told.
In front of a record Globe Arena crowd the home started the game in the ascendancy.
Andy Fleming had tested Rob Elliot with a shot from just outside the area before on 10 minutes skipper Mark Hughes had a header from an in-swinging Ryan Williams corner cleared off the line by Dan Gosling
The Shrimps thought they were denied an opening goal, after Padraig Amond’s header from another vicious Williams corner not only appeared to strike the arm of Gosling on the line but also just about cross it as it was scrambled clear.
At the other end, Barry Roche got down comfortably to save Dan Gosling’s header from a Mathieu Debuchy centre on 27 minutes.
But it was the home side, playing with a refreshing freedom, who were having the best openings, Amond stinging the palms of Elliot with a shot from 15 yards on the half hour.
And Elliot continued to keep Newcastle in the game, denying Amond again three minutes later, blocking a shot from 12 yards before beating the on-rushing Shrimps attackers to the rebound.
The home side got a reminder of their visitors’ undoubted quality on 36 minutes, Roche tipping over Gael Bigirimana’s dipping free-kick from distance.
And the Magpies should have taken the lead shortly after the break but substitute Shola Ameobi could only blaze over on 49 minutes when in one-on-one with Roche.
Jack Sampson then attempted an ambitious effort with the outside of his left foot that bent narrowly wide from just outside the area as the home side settled back into proceedings, the striker then firing over from a narrow angle on 67 minutes.
But after a dismal first period, it was the Shrimps’ loftier visitors who looked the more likely to break the deadlock with Shola Ameobi impressive, the striker seeing one header go wide on 69 minutes.
Any Shrimps possession was fleeting and more direct, Williams dragging a shot wide from 25 yards 20 minutes from time.
Young left back Paul Dummett then nearly caught out Roche with a shot from distance but it went a couple of yards wide of the Shrimps stopper’s right-hand post.
Newcastle’s pressure told on 84 minutes but it was harsh on the hosts, as captain Hughes’ deflection took Shola Ameobi’s shot from the edge of the area beyond Roche.
And then in stoppage time, as the Shrimps pushed for a leveller, Newcastle countered and Sammy Ameobi jinked his way past a couple of defenders before finishing well beyond Roche.
Morecambe: Roche, Wright, Hughes (capt), Parrish, Diagne, Drummond (Mwasile 87), Williams, Fleming (Kenyon 77), Amond (Marshall 57), Ellison, Sampson. Subs not used: Arestidou, Threlfall, McCready, McGee.
Booked: Fleming, Sampson.
Newcastle: Elliot, Debuchy, Yanga-Mbiwa (capt), Good, Dummett, Bigirimana, Gosling, Sammy Ameobi, Vuckic (Shola Ameobi 45), Marveaux (Sissoko 87), Gouffran (Ben Arfa 71). Subs not used: Alnwick, Santon, Streete, Anita.
Referee: Mark Haywood