|RYAN TAYLOR SCORES A SPECTACULAR WINNER |
FROM 25 YARDS OOT TO WIN
THE 'ALGARVE 'BROLLY' TROPHY' FOR 'THE TOON'
Forst of aall---apologeeez for no update since last Thorsday!
This iz because 'The Geordie Times onterage' waz at 'The Algarve Tournament' in Portugal and we've just got back---like!
Game one: Friday 27th July--Estadio Algarve,"ne where near" Faro, Portugal (ground number 288)
Olympiakos 1 The Toon 1 (Steven Taylor)
Penalty shoot out: 4-4!?(Vuckic, Amalfitano, Perch, Abeid) (no winners?,just like the neet before when Olyimpiakos drew with Braga on penalties az well in the forst game of the tournament!??)
A non descript match against the appropriately named Olympiakos (az this waz the same neet az the openin' ceremony of the Olympic Games back in London!) (thank god we missed THAT!) ended aall square afta a penalty shoot out in front of barely 1,000 spectators in this 30,000 seater stadium in the middle of ne where! (eight miles from Faro where we were stayin'!)
Steven Taylor scored wor anly goal in open play when hiz deflected shot from the edge of the box beat Roy Carroll in the Greeks goal.
The anly otha 'highlight'? of the game came when Modesto waz 'red carded' in the 73rd minute for a bad tackle on Amalfitano and they were reduced to 10 men.
This seemed to fire them up however! and (inevitably!) just five minutes later Olymiakos equalised through Mitroglu who wellied home from the twenty yards oot!
A penalty shoot out waz then the order of the day (just when we wanted to gan for a 'gargel') and when Cisse stepped up to take wor forst one he inexplicably blasted hiz shot ower the bar into the 5,000 empty seats behind that goal!
However!--that waz wor anly 'miss' oot of the five and with Olypiakos aalso missin' one it ended fowers each and a stalemate! (the forst time av EVER! seen a draw in a penalty shoot out!)
My origional guess of a crowd of aroond 4,000 waz wildly ridiculed by the rest of the 'mad-saddos' who accused me of havin' tooo much to drink! (whey!--we had been drinkin' aall day---like!) and their estimate was less than a thoosand!
It waz then a hectic drive back to Faro in a taxi driven by a woman who thought she waz Lewis Hamilton az she took the hairpin bends at 90mph ('The Caped Crusader' reckons it waz 92.5mph!) and she went through at least fower traffic lights 'on red'!----but we did get back in Faro for 'midneet bells' in one piece for a few 'liquids' before heedin' back to the hotel Santa Maria for some kip----"ZZZZZzzzzz!!!!"
Toon team: Krul, Santon, Williamson, Perch, Steven Taylor (Dummett 46), Bigiriama, Gosling (Abeid 46), Obertan (Sammy Ameobi 72), Vuckic, Shola Ameobi (Cisse 72), Amalfitano
Attendance: anything between 500 and 4,000! (take your pick!) (400 Toon fans) (7 Olympiakos fans!)
Game two: Saturday 28th July--Estadio Algarve
Sporting Braga 1 The Toon 2 (Ba, Ryan Taylor)
Again it waz back to The Algarve 'in the middle of newhere' Stadium for the last game of the tournament and just like the forst game there were aboot the same number of spectators in the stands which included a least two from Blackborn Rovers!
Aalso---(just like the forst game!) the openin' 45 minutes waz 'one to forget' az the game petered oot in front of the 29,000 empty seats!
It livened up in the second half however when 'Marveaux the magician' waz upended in the box, resultin' in a spot kick in the 63rd minute, which Demba Ba took. But he put his shot to the right of their keeper who parried oot!---However!--The baall fell very nicely back to Ba and he sidefooted into the back of the Braga net to put us in front.
The ineveritable equiliser came just 3 minute later when a shot from Amorim caught Coloccini's leg and the baall went past the stranded Steve Harper in The Toon goal!
Then! just az though we were lookin' likeleee to have to endure a second game in a row 'penalty shoot out', up stepped wor 'ower the waall specialist' Ryan Taylor to send a free kick from 25 yards oot sailin' ("er!")'ower the waall' into the back of the net in the 73rd minute for a spectacular winnin' goal and send the 400 'sun-kissed saddos' wild with delight.
Another trophy waz in the cabinet (to add to the one we won in Deportivo a while back!) and Coloccini held it aloft for aall to see!
It actually looked like a large brolly, but waz in fact supposed to be modelled on a local bridge!?
|"COLOCCINI HAADS 'THE BROLLY TROPHY' ALOFT!"|
Toon team: Harper, Simpson, Ryan Taylor, Coloccini, Tavernier, Marveaux, Tiote (Cabaye 72), Gutierrez, Cisse, Ba (Vuckic 86), Sammy Ameobi (Obertan 88)
Attendance: less than 1,000 (again, aboot 400 Toon fans---40 or so Braga fans and 2 Blackborn fans!)