|Season 2007-08 Result|
| M.Owen 57,
|Date: 29/08/2007 Venue: St.James' Park Competition: League Cup|
|Match Report||Submitted on 03/09/2007 by Smike|
|This turned out to be a good game. After a mediocre first half it sprang into life in the second.|
|On the road to Wembley.|
Disappointingly only 12 Carrvillians turned up: 3 generations of the Bailey family, Laurel & Hardy (George & Endean), Greavsie, Hannah & Callum, Young James, Fare Collector Ian & his mate, and Me!
Davey Endean, after getting drenched at the Celtic pre-season friendly, once again opted to wear only his Carrville Mags t-shirt. Will someone please explain to him that it’s neither thermal insulated, nor water proof before he catches pneumonia. He was rubbing his hands together for warmth well before we even got near the Irish Centre for pre-match refreshment.
It was always going to be eventful with this new swipe card entry system and the method of distribution of cup game tickets. Some had received confirmation that their card had been credited for the game, others hadn’t. Some had received a receipt in the form of a match ticket, which wasn’t a match ticket, but merely a receipt. But any extra tickets ordered came in the form of a ticket that included a bar code for scanning which were not to be confused with the receipt that looked like a match ticket! Consequently chaos ensued. After the farce outside The East Stand prior to the Villa game we decided to forfeit the extra pre-match pint and head up early, however the queues were still unbelievable. Luckily I used Mr J A Elliott’s card and eventually gained entry (after the game had kicked off) without a problem. Unfortunately the same could not be said for my two mates!
After much remonstration, the distraught double act were told to find an empty seat if someone else had been allocated theirs. As a result Davey was moved on from various different seats before eventually finding an unoccupied one, while George watched the first half on the concourse with a pie and a Bovril. Meanwhile things hadn’t been much better in other parts of the ground: Beat turned up at his usual turnstile to find it was cash only. Someone tried in vain to kick Sid out his seat as they also had a ticket for the same seat, and one of Greavsie’s juvenile tickets scanned without a problem while the other one didn’t.
Allardyce handed a debut to Jose Enrique and gave Cacapa his first start, while Given, Emre and Solano were recalled. The two new boys were very impressive as our defence kept a clean sheet, albeit against lower league opposition. They looked strong, solid and athletic throughout. Owen almost broke the deadlock in the 15th minute when he had a shot on the run saved and at the other end Given had to be alert to keep out a free-kick. N'Zogbia had a first time effort blocked minutes before the break but the sides went in goalless. Barnsley, to their credit, unlike Villa previously, had come to play and this resulted in an entertaining game, particularly in the second half. We were aware that their first 4 league games resulted in 17 goals, so we were expecting an open game. Credit must also go to their fans who’s numbers equalled most premier teams and they vociferously backed their team throughout.
Owen finally made his mark in the 57th minute when Ameobi slotted an exquisite pass through for the striker to run onto and slot under their goalie, who got a touch but was unable to keep the ball out. Then followed 20 mins of frantic, end to end football as Barnsley searched for an equaliser. Indeed, they nearly scored when what seemed to be a cross struck the far post and bounced to safety with Given stranded. Then, with 4 mins remaining Obafemi Martins got his third of the season to seal the win as the Championship side's resistance finally ended.
Highlight of the evening…………..
Beat – ‘So where abouts is your season ticket, James?’
Young James – ‘It’s in me pocket!’
Anyone any idea what the ‘A’ in MR J A Elliott stands for? Answers on the message board?