Wednesday, 31 July 2019

THE HI-BEEZ 1 THE TOON 3 *** FRIENDLY FIXTURE

Posted '2:00pm bells' Wedinzday 31st July 2019
ACTION AZ THE TOON ATTACK THE 'AWAY END' GOAL

*"JOE GOES WITH THE FLOW!"

For the 2nd time in 15 days we heeded north of the border to play Hibs. The last one woz for a U23s game at Hibs trainin' groond a few miles from Edinburgh--and this time it woz to Easter Road in the Leith district of Edinburgh for a forst team friendly.
This woz the forst time we had been to Easter Road for 35 years and an archive match report on that game in 1984 iz reprinted below this article (ground number 070)
Well!, I can tell yoo that it haz now been transformed from a ramshackle dump to a canny smart stadium, since mee forst visit there, aall those years ago!

To be honest we thought that we would struggle against a team that haz played a few competitive games in the Scottish Leegue Cup aalready!

But we were mistaken, az we came oot of the blocks with 'aall guns blazin'!---HOWEVER!  it woz the home side who took the lead against the run of play, when a defensive mix up let in Stevie Mallen who beat Toon goalie Karl Darlow from just inside the box.

We fought back though and wor new centre forwaad Joelinton got hiz forst goal, when, in the 16th minute a neat baall from Manquillo foond 'Joe' and he prodded the baall home from close range to level the scoreline!
The 3,000 or so Toon fans in the opposite end (who made up a qwaataa of the crowd) went mad az 'Joe' celebrated!

We then took the lead 10 mins before the break when Saun Longstaff hit a great shot past Marciano in the Hibs goal and went in 2-1 up at the break!


The anti 'Fat Controller' chants were loud and clear and a banner appeared behind the goal tellin' fans to boycott hiz stores (includin' the NUFC club shop!)
The local 'dibble' and stewards attempted to remove it, but the Toon fans were havin' 'non of it' and the banner 'stayed put'!
"WE SHALL NOT---WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED!

Joelinton 'woz the star of the show' in the 2nd half, but seemed reluctant to shoot when near the goal, preferrin' to pass the baall instead!
The final 'nail in the coffin' for 'The Hi-beez' came in the 72nd minute, when an Aarons cross foond the heed of Lascelles and he nodded into the net, with the home keeper well beaten!


A little bit of 'cheer' to replace the doom and gloom of recent weeks!

Toon team line up: (NUFC used 19 players in total)
Darlow, Manquillo, Lascelles, Dummett, Schar, Ritchie, Hayden, Shelvey, S Longstaff, Almiron, Joelinton. 
Subs: Aarons, Ki, Murphy, Muto, Clark, Sterry, Fernandez, M Longstaff 
(Hibs used 22 players in total)

Attendance: 12,557 (3,000 or so Toon fans)

Edinburgh pub crawl pix----Unlike last season when we visited 125 different pubs around the UK and Europe, we are not gannin to see how many we can dee this season az 125 new pubs would be very hard to dee! (ie: We will probably end up in many of the pubs we visited last season!)










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