Two second half goals from new signing Timothee Dieng and Oldham trialist William Gros were enough to give the home side a 2-1 win over Newcastle United tonight, after debutant and captain Siem de Jong had scored a great goal after 14 minutes to put the visitors ahead.
Siem de Jong – a screamer from the Dutch International tonight – class!
So Newcastle got off to a rather surprising defeat in their pre-season schedule of games – after putting out a side that was a mixture of both experience and youth – but we couldn’t get the win against the League One club who finished in 15th position last season.
The game had started off well for Newcastle when captain Siem de Jong put the Magpies ahead after only 14 minutes, with an excellent strike – which hopefully will be a prelude of what is to come from the 25 year-old Dutch International.
Siem took a free kick outside the box, and when the ball came back to him off the wall, he hit the ball beautifully into the top right-hand corner of the net – a beautiful strike from de Jong.
Newcastle dominated the first half action, but then two late goals in the second period saw Oldham get the win, and the defense was at fault for both goals.
Oldham equalized after 69 minutes through Dieng, who headed a Mellor corner past Jak Alnwick (where was the marking?), and then a bad mistake from the young Newcastle goalkeeper, who let in substitute Willy Gros’ shot in the 79th minute, as the ball slid under his body.
Jak should have saved the shot – but that slip meant that Newcastle got off to a surprising defeat in the pre-season.
It’s not the result we wanted to see tonight, but let’s read too much into this result – and we had a rather young side out tonight, with players like Satka, Streete, Bigirimana, Vuckic, Haidara, Sammy Ameobi and Perez all getting some playing time.
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Oldham: Rachubka, Mills, Kusunga, Kelly, Dayton, Jones, Forte, Clarke-Harris, J Wilson, B Wilson, Turner.
Newcastle: Alnwick: Anita (Satka, 54), S Taylor (Streete, 64), Yanga-Mbiwa, Dummett (Bigirimana, 70); Gouffran (Ameobi, 46), Abeid, Colback, Aarons (Haidara, 64); de Jong (Vuckic, 64); Armstrong (Perez, 54). Sub not used: Woodman.
Goals: de Jong 14, Bove 68, Gros 79
Referee: Darren Bond (Lancashire)
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Written while on vacation in Newcastle, England.