Cisse debut goal clinches Newcastle win over Villa


NEWCASTLE, England (AP) -- Papiss Demba Cisse scored on his Newcastle debut to clinch a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa on Sunday and keep his new team within striking distance of the Premier League's top four.

The Senegal forward, who cost around 10 million pounds ($16 million) last month, netted a 71st-minute winner to ensure Newcastle ended the weekend fifth in the standings.

International teammate Demba Ba put Newcastle in front on the half-hour with his 16th goal of the season, but Robbie Keane leveled for Villa at the end of the first half -- the Ireland striker's third goal of his loan spell from the Los Angeles Galaxy.