|VIEW FROM ROW 'Z' OF THE AWAY SECTION|
If there's anything that The Toon like to put their fans through, then it's a torture chamber for certain---and that's exactly wot they did in Oxfaad last neet!
Leading 2-0 at half time and 'cruisin', with goals from Saun Longstaff in the 15th minute at 'The Car Park End', with a fine strike and one from Joelinton---yes!---JOELINTON!, who ran through the Oxfaad defence and beat their keeper with a well placed shot on the half hour mark, to send the 1,800 Toon fans into dilerium!
|"SING IN THE CAR PARK!"|
But the dilerium woz shattered in the 84th minute when a needless free kick woz given away by Matt Ritchie near the edge of the box.
The resulting free kick taken by Kelly, ended up in the corner of wor net, with Karl Darlow in The Toon goal beaten, to half the deficeit!
|2nd HALF ACTION AZ NUFC ATTACK THE LEFT HAND GOAL!|
And then complete disaster!---Deep into stoppage time with wor defence in disarray, a cross came ower and Nathan Holland volleyed home in the 95th minute, to take the tie to an unwanted 30 minutes extra time!
I sank to my seat in despair with my heed in hands!---It could anly happen to 'US'!
Anyway!---Oxfaad then went for the winner az wor shattered team tried to defend desperately!
Just when it looked az though it would gan to a penalty shootout, Saint-Maximin went on a run into the home sides penalty box, weaving in and out az he went and then hit an unstoppable shot past the Oxfaad keeper, to send us from utter despair---to unbridled joy!
This woz in the 116th minute and we desperately defended for the final 4 minutes of extra time before the ref blew for full time!
THE SAINT had done it!---and he milked the applause from the Toon faithful az we danced with joy az the team came ower to celebrate with the fans!
After the game we heeded back to the huge car park behind the groond where the traffic woz at a standstill!---We decided to gan for a drink in the nearby hotel bar to let the traffic ease---they were still queuing to get oot when we went back to wor car an HOUR later!
It woz now nearly 'midneet bells' az we got onto the ring road back to the M40!----and 5 hours later we eventually arrived back on Tyneside, completely nackered by the whole experience!
Aa eventually got the key in mee front door at '5 am bells', 17 hours after closin' it to gan to Oxfaad, in Big Al's car! (NOT the sheet metal workers son!)
Woz it worth it?---well its always 'worth it' when The Toon win away!
Aaltogether now: "Oh when The Saint!---Oh when The Saint!---Oh when The Saint goes marchin' in!----Aa wanna be in that number!---When The Saint goes marchin' in!"
The pre match gargels took place in The Stratton Arms in the village of Turweston (22 miles from Oxfaad) and in 'The Ridge' next to Oxfaad's Kassam Stadium!
|WE GOT 'GOOSED' ON 'GOOSE IPA' ALE!|
Post match gargels took place in the 'Hampton hotel bar' after the game!
Bizzarly there were two different match programmes for the game----one for home fans---and one for away fans!!??
PS: more pix and team line to follow much later, az av got to gan to work in an hours time---and drive to Redditch in Worcestershire in mee truck!
Toon team: Darlow, Yedlin, Schar, Lascelles, Lejeune (Clark 97), Ritchie, M.Longstaff, S.Longstaff, Bentaleb (Atsu 103), Almiron (Hayden 90), Joelinton (Saint-Maximin 37)
Attendance: 11,520 (Officially 1,779 Toon fans) (Allocation 1,800?)
*Footnote: The result meeenz that we will gan into March in the FA Cup for the forst time in 14 years, havin been knocked oot of the competition in January every year since 2006!