Sunday, 21 February 2016

LILLESTROM 1 THE TOON 2 *** FRIENDLY FIXTURE IN A FIELD IN LA MANGA, SPAIN!

Posted '10:17am bells' Sunday 21st February 2016

WIJNALDUM (dark strip, centre of goal) OPENS THE SCORIN' 
(spot the 'golf stand'!)

Wor 'waam weathaa' friendly against Lillestrom of Norway ended in a 2-1 victory for The Toon who used 17 players in total ('The Geordie Times' said we would use 22 at least!)

The game kicked off on 'Pitch 'A' of the La Manga complex with many ex pats in attendance
(ie: A field with a 'smaall golf stand' on one side!)

A very rare away goal for Gini Wijnaldum started the scorin' when he rounded the Lillestrom keeper to put us 1-0 up after just 3 minutes---(anly hiz 2nd away goal since he scored in a pre season friendly v Sheff U last July!)

However!---and this iz typical of us, the lead anly lasted 5 mins when the team clad in yellow equalised through a toe poke from one of their forwards! (We played in wor dark blue away strip)
ARRONS LOOPIN' HEEDER (number 16) ---THE WINNIN' GOAL!

A thouroghleee unentertainin' game ended in victory when Aarons flicked a great loopin' heeder ower the Lillestrom defence to claim the victory against a team who haven't played for 2 months and finished 8th in the Norwegian Premyaa League last season (their season doesn't begin til March!)

But wot good this waam weathaa game against mediocre opposition will be, when we play Stoke next a week on Wednesday, in the freeezin' caad Potteries, iz anybody's guess??? (We are in limbo again next weekend az wor intended opponents, Man City are in Leegue Cup final action @ Wembley instead!)

After the match wor 'beloved'? manager waz 'chaired' aroond the pitch by the Toon players az he held a bottle of mineral waataa aloft to loud cheers and applause from the 600 'crowd' assembled! < (believe that and you'll believe anything McClaren says!)

PS: Non flyer 'Glennn from Ashington' waz the ANLY mad-sad groundhoppin' Toon fan we know of, who travelled ower for this meaningless game in a field---by train to Barcelona and bus to Mercia which took him many many hours!--He eethaa deserves a medal the size of a dustbin lid OR a straight jacket! (WOT do YEE reckon?)

Toon team: Elliot (Woodman 46), Janmaat (Sterry 65), Taylor, Lascelles, Gibson (Barlaser 82), Saivet, Shelvey (Gouffran 65), Toonsend (Aarons 65), Wijnaldum (Riviere 65), Perez, Dombia  * PS: Darlow waz in goal for the 1st half NOT Elliot!--apologeeez for this monumental missteak!

Attendance: just under 600 we hear! *

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