Posted 'from 'high noon bells' onwards Sunday 13th August 2023
Wot can we say?---A better start and performance on the opennin day of the season could not be imagined with 2 debutants gettin on the scoresheet az well---Tonali with the forst goal and Barnes with the last!
Aa went orly az the new digital system woz in force and worries aboot not gettin in on time woz mee big fear!---Thankfully aa had nee problems gettin into The Milburn Stand, but we hord later that many on The East Stand side didn't get in for the kick off!
(Arsenal's orly kick off game woz delayed 30 minutes because of digital ticket problems)
The goal sequences were az follows:
6th minute: After sustained pressure we took an orly lead when debutant Sandro Tonali got onto the end of a Anthony Gordon cross to fire in at The Leazes End to send the capacity crowd wild!
10th minute: The lead didnt last long az Villa equalized through Diabi who woz unmarked in the Gallowgate box!
16th minute: 6 minutes later and it woz 2-1 to 'us' when a Botman pass foond 'Alexander (Isak) the Great' who made nee misstayk from a few yards oot!
Controversy followed when Miggy Almiron woz brought doon on The East Stand touchline, near the half time break, when their goalie Martinez raced oot of hiz box!---A RED card for certain?---But NO!---the ref pulled oot a yellow instead to very loud booin' from the crowd! 10 minutes stoppage time woz then added for a bad knee injury to Villa's Mings who woz stretchered off!
58th minute: Isak disposed Konsa on the edge of the box and hiz chip flew into the far corner of The Gallowgate net! 3-1 to 'us'
77th minute: Super sub Callum Wilson who had been on the pitch for less than 10 minutes hit a sweet shot from a Harvey Barnes cross (who had aalso come on) 4-1
91st minute: The icing on the cake when debutant 2 Harvey Barnes ran onto a Jacob Murphy through baall to hit a peach of a shot past Martinez to complete the opennin' day rout! 5-1
The result sent us to the top of the Premyaa Leegue tree---a better strart we couldnt have imagined!
Attendance: 52,207 includin 3,000 Villians, many of who had departed lang before the end!