HT: Newcastle 2 Sunderland 0 – Magpies Too Good

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Newcastle got off to an incredible start this afternoon at St. James’ Park with a goal after only 4 minutes.

And it was that man Owen again as he ghosted in front of Paul McShane from 10 yards out to head home Geremi’s excellent cross in from the right.

It’s Owen’s 11th goal of the season and a great way to start this derby game for Newcastle fans, who raised the roof at St. James’ Park.

In the first 20 minutes Newcastle were having much more of the play but were unable to add to their lead. Then after 27 minutes Dean Whitehead is the first man to receive a yellow card for a deliberate hand ball on the halfway line.

On 29 minutes Martins is put clear down the left by Barton, and Owen and Viduka try to get into the box but Oba has his eyes on goal and gets beyond the challenge of McShane before firing low at Gordon’s near post.

But Gordon makes an excellent stop gets down low to hold the ball well

Martins appears to be brought down in the box after 39 minutes by McShane but TV replays show referee Dean made the right decision by waving play on.

But then just before half time Newcastle go 2-0 up and it’s that man Owen again. Owen passes with Viduka inside the penalty area and then tries to lift the ball over Higginbotham, but the ball strikes the arm of the Sunderland player.

Referee Mike Dean has no hesitation and points to the spot. The Newcastle captain takes the penalty and he gets his second goal of the game as his low shot deflects into the net off Gordon.

Then just before the half time whistle Daryl Murphy is the second Sunderland player to see yellow for a very late tackle on Owen.

That’s it, after 2 minutes of added time, and Newcastle are well worth their 2-0 advantage at the break.


Newcastle United: Steve Harper, Habib Beye, Jose Enrique, Abdoulaye Faye, Steven Taylor, Nicky Butt, Joey Barton, Geremi, Michael Owen (c), Oba Martins, Mark Viduka
Subs: Fraser Forster, David Edgar, Alan Smith, Damien Duff, Andy Carroll

Sunderland: Craig Gordon, Nyron Nosworthy, Paul McShane, Carlos Edwards, Dean Whitehead (c), Daryl Murphy, Liam Miller, Danny Higginbotham, Danny Collins, Kenwyne Jones, Andy Reid
Subs: Ian Harte, Kieran Richardson, Michael Chopra, Grant Leadbitter, Marton Fulop

Referee: Mike Dean
Attendance: tbc

17 comments so far

  • toonpars

    Apr 20, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #1

    question. is andy reid the fattest footballer in the league?? lol
    also, howay the toon!!

  • OzZyMagpiE

    Apr 20, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #2

    guyz did u chk out da flick from duke

  • Marty

    Apr 20, 2008 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #3

    Hey hey hey this is how its supposed to be every week…..kickin ASS.Martins is a class act but should pass more.
    MO playin brilliant,Geremi needs to work a bit more on final cross but whole team playin well agaain

  • seetow

    Apr 20, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #4

    poor chops why’s he on the bench? he ought to come on as a late substitute, score an own goal and do a lap of honour. that would be a fitting welcome home for our very own local boy 🙂

  • Steve_48

    Apr 20, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #5

    Sunderland are just not interested in this game anymore, Jones up front by himself with no support what so ever, not complaining like, just a poor match so far

  • Michael

    Apr 20, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #6

    I cant remember the last time I saw anyone beat Beye down left hand side. He’s been immense

  • Macca

    Apr 20, 2008 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #7

    They seem to be bloody interested now, for the love of God if we fall asleep and concede so help me.

  • Macca

    Apr 20, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #8

    Looks like Murphys moved up with Jones.

  • Todd

    Apr 20, 2008 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #9

    Wow. Bring off Oba already?

  • Hadrian

    Apr 20, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #10

    get carrol on for viduka

  • Hadrian

    Apr 20, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #11

    well there you go 😀

  • ObaFan2

    Apr 20, 2008 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #12

    Great Carroll gets a bit of the derby nice move.

  • 51times

    Apr 20, 2008 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #13

    Haha listen to the boo’s for chopra…wonder if he expected any less?

  • Spyro

    Apr 20, 2008 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #14

    Geremi had his first bad game in a while today, the one good cross he did was his assist.

  • ObaFan2

    Apr 20, 2008 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #15

    3 points, 2 goals and another clean sheet. Job done.

    Mackem’s looked poor 1st half, battled second but no cutting edge.

    Hard derby but well done the TOON. Don’t think Oba should have come off, so soon too.

  • Jarralad

    Apr 20, 2008 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #16

    Oba was seen by his shot on goal after his run…Dukes subbed at right time too…and great to see MO get the full 94mins and look so freash at the end…great result…!!!

  • Ausgeordie

    Apr 21, 2008 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #17



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