|Season 2012-13 Result|
|Date: 20/09/2012 Venue: Estádio dos Barreiros Competition: Europa League|
|Match Report||Submitted on 22/09/2012 by Sean|
|Another ridiculous 18.00hrs (BST) K/O meant flying around like a lunatic to try and get Jared to footy coaching and back to Belmont Club in time for the start of the match (Fail). So with almost five minutes on the clock I settled down with my cola beverage to watch a United side with seven changes to the starting line - up that faced Everton on the previous Monday surrounded by the ‘usual suspects’.
A decent turnout for 6pm on a Thursday night included: Blakey (handing out his 80th Birthday bash tickets, yes that’s right tickets!), Beet, Jock (just made it back from business in the smoke, so good effort), Just (dad of the week), Harri and John, the McGuinness brothers, Hose A, Doola, Nathan, Dicker, Harry A (good to see you again) and the future Toon Centre Half and Centre Forward (Connor and Isaac).
Unfortunately the team weren’t aware of the efforts made to watch the match and after 25 minutes had barely been out of our own half and actually outplayed in every area of the pitch with Maritimo’s best chance a good volley falling to Sami on 11 minutes and well saved by Elliott.
Suddenly the team woke up to coincide with Passy showing up (his video stream was rubbish) and created a flurry of chances with Shola stooping to hit the woodwork after a Willo low drive was blocked, Gosling hitting the same post with a solid left foot drive (his only real contribution) and a number of breakaways that looked threatening without materialising into anything more than half chances.
A sticky video feed (obviously jinxed by Passy) meant that some of the first half was lost to searches for better channels (not found) but a 0-0 half time scoreline still felt as though we should have capitalised on our better chances and at least been ahead!
Halftime entertainment came from Beet with a spot quiz ‘name six players who have played for the Toon and the pegsellers in the premier league?’ (answers on the message board).
The second half started as we had left off in the first and inside five minutes, Shola had picked up the ball in the left channel, cut back on to his right and curled a right foot effort straight on to the top right hand corner of the Maritimo bar.
Another video feed interlude (for 17mins, cheers Passy) following Vukic being replaced by Sammy Ameobi was made bearable by Kieron entertaining the troops with his ‘knee against the table and catch the falling pint’ trick (fail) followed by his ‘buy Jack another pint’ trick (success), Wilf then joined in with a ‘swimming car keys’ trick (fail), when I pointed out the ‘keys backstroke in the John Smiths lagoon’ he promptly removed the keys with the ‘Wilfism’ “$hit they’re mine”.
Finally the feed returned (just as Trapper turned up) and the game had slowed to training pace, with neither side looking threatening, Pardew’s substitutions seemed to affect the rhythm of the team and we ended the game lucky to save a point following Santon’s headed clearance after they had hit the bar in the closing minutes.
A good away point in Europe given the number of changes and the heat (27’ on the pitch), Pardew will be pleased with Shola’s captain’s performance and the players attitude and effort generally although he must be concerned about Gosling who has obviously been affected by the midfielders who have joined the club moving him down the pecking order.
Ray at the club apologised for the loss of picture and explained that it’s an issue with the fibre optic cable which he says will be resolved for Sunday although we will all be at the match v Norwich. HTL.
Team: Elliot, Perch, Williamson, S.Taylor, Santon, Bigirimana, Gosling, Obertan (Marveaux 80), Amalfitano (Ferguson 76), Vuckic (S.Ameobi 53), Sh.Ameobi.
Subs not used: Harper, Tavernier, Abeid, Campbell.
Booked: Santon, Bigirimana, Amalfitano.
Maritimo: Salin, Briguel, Guilherme, Valentin, Olim, Miranda, Luiz Joao, Heldon (Fidelis 54), Simao (Abreu 75), Sami, Dias (Adilson 82).
Subs n/u: Oliveira, Diogo, Rosario, Branco.
Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (Austria).