Newcastle’s new young midfielder, Jóan Símun Edmundsson, scored his first International goal last night, and indeed the first goal of the 2012 European Championships.
Jóan Símun Edmundsson – scored last night for the Faroe Islands
However Estonia scored two late goals, both coming after the 90 minute mark, and the Faroe Islands went down 2-1.
Edmundsson gave his country a 28th minute lead at the A Le Coq Arena in Estonia, hitting the ball crisply into the net from just outside the penalty area, in the first qualifying game of the tournament.
But the Islands finally went down 2-1 with those late goals from Kaimar Saag (91st minute) and Raio Piiroja (93rd minute) – what a way to lose a game!
It was Edmundsson’s fourth cap for his country, and he had previously played in a World Cup qualifier against France, at a time when Newcastle were first said to be interested in the then 18 year-old.
The youngster spoke to the Newcastle official site last night from Tallinn:
“I was very happy to score my first goal, but very, very sad that Faroe Islands lost – especially because Estonia scored their goals in the 90th and 93rd minute.”
“But I am hoping to be able to help the team to do well in the rest of the qualifiers for the European Championships.”
Edmundsson joined Newcastle on loan last December, until the end of the season, with a view to a permanent deal – and it must have been successful because the forward, who has just turned 19, signed a permanent deal with Newcastle in June.
So here’s another promising youngster joining the ranks at Newcastle, and he made his first team debut in the friendly at Norwich City on 25th July this summer.
Faroe Islands are in Group C, along with Northern Ireland, Italy, Serbia, Slovenia and Estonia. and next month face Serbia at home and Italy in Florence.
And Newcast’es Argentine pair Jonas Gutierrez and Fabricio Coloccini, both appeared for Argentina against Ireland in Dublin, as substitutes in a 1-0 victory, in the inaugural game at the new magnificent Aviva Stadium in Dublin – and more importantly – reports say they were not injured.
Thank goodness for that.