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Season 2016-17
Bohemian (a)

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Saturday 16th July 2016, 2.00pm
(advance tickets showed 3.00pm)

 Dalymount Park

Conditions: Sunny

Admission: €15

€2 (joint issue with previous Saturday's friendly against Portsmouth)


Newcastle United

0 - 6




15 mins Full back Jamie Sterry overlapped down the right and pulled the ball back for Matt Ritchie who took a touch before curling a fine left-footed shot into the top corner of the goal at the Shed End aka the Des Kelly Carpets Stand End. 1-0

Mitro doubles the lead (thanks to Andrew Kellett for photo)

30 mins Striker Aleksandar Mitrovic won a penalty kick, tempting 'keeper Shane Supple to take his legs after intercepting an awful pass. The Serb got up to convert the spot-kick with an scuffed low effort after sending the Bohs custodian the wrong way. 2-0

Half time: Bohs 0 Magpies 2

51 mins Substitute Dwight Gayle hooked home a smart close range finish following a corner from Florian Thauvin that captain for the day Jamaal Lascelles played back in. 3-0

54 mins Fellow new arrival Florian Thauvin took a pass from Rolando Aarons and tucked the ball home at the far post. 4-0

59 mins Winger Rolando Aarons slotted home after a skilful turn and exchange of passes with Ayoze Perez on the edge of the box. 5-0

74 mins Finally, Gini Wijnaldum got in on the scoring act soon after arriving on the field, lashing in a shot in front of the empty Tramway End after Perez had played him in. 6-0

Full time: Bohs 0 Magpies 6

We Said

Rafa Benitez commented:

"The most important thing is to see the team playing well and scoring goals. It's always important for new players come in and score goals - I think it's good for everyone.

"And after one week here in Ireland
(I'm) really pleased also because the weather was fantastic.

"They (Bohemian) were working hard and in the first half they were doing very well.

"Obviously after playing another game it's not easy and then you play against a team that in theory have to be superior, but I think they did well.

On how his team will adapt to the Championship:

"It's more or less the same as the Champions League so it will be the same two games a week.

(It will be) more physical more intensity maybe every game in terms of contact (but) in terms of the laws of the games and the schedule will be very similar.

On debutant goalscorers Ritchie and Gayle:

"They both did well and we know that they can both score goals. Now the main thing is to continue doing what we have to do."

Asked for an update on further signings: 

"We will see. If we have the right player available we will try to do it.”

On the displays of players linked with departures in the current window (Thauvin, Tiote, Janmaat, Gouffran, Wijnaldum etc):

"I think they have to try their best
(in the friendlies), and after, we will decide. It depends on the offers. It depends. We will analyse each case."

Jamaal Lascelles:

"Rafa's got a lot of faith in me, which is a massive confidence-booster for myself. 

"I managed to get on the captain's armband today, which I was really pleased about. This shows how much trust he's got in me.

"If he makes me the captain, I'll be over the moon, but if not, fair enough. But either way, I'm still going to be vocal and class myself as a leader."

"We've not spoken about it (the captaincy). I'll be happy either way. The main thing is getting results."

He later tweeted:

"Start as we mean to go on"

They Said

Keith Long (who played for Bray Wanderers against United in 2005) said: 

nowt that we can find. 



Five new faces made their first appearances in a Toon shirt: Matz Sels and Matt Ritchie both started, while Dwight Gayle, Jesus Gámez and Isaac Hayden came off the bench.

This was United's
game at Dalymount Park and a second victory, with the first coming on our inaugural visit in April 1934 - a 3-1 post-season friendly success watched by 5,000. 

The ground opened for business during 1901 in the suburb of Phibsborough on Dublin's Northside, built what was formerly known as Pisser Dignam's Field. A few of his relatives were here today...

The two sides met competitively in the UEFA Cup back in 1977 when a 0-0 draw in Dublin was marred by crowd trouble as 25,000 squeezed into the stadium. 
A routine 4-0 victory in the second leg on Tyneside passed off more peacefully.

's most return until today was a pre-season game during July 1998, German midfielder Ralf Keidel on target in a 1-1 draw played before a 5,000 crowd.

The Dubliners - modern era Magpies visits:

2016/17 Bohemian won 6-0
Shamrock Rovers won 3-0
2005/06 Bray Wanderers won 7-1
1998/99 Bohemian drew 1-1
1998/99 Bray Wanderers won 6-0
1997/98 PSV Eindhoven won 3-2*
1997/98 Derry City won 2-0*
1977/78 Bohemian drew 0-0 (UEFA Cup)

* Dublin Tournament @ Lansdowne Road

Unsurprisingly, just four of the Bohs side that started in a 1-3 league loss at rivals Shamrock Rovers on Friday evening were in the starting XI; Buckley (who had an early bath versus Rovers), Mulcahy, Hayes and Akinade.

Elsewhere in Dublin on Saturday afternoon, Swindon Town beat UCD 5-1 while Leeds United overcame Shamrock Rovers 3-0.





Newcastle began life as a Championship club with a resounding victory in Dublin on Saturday afternoon, rounding off their week-long Irish training camp with an uplifting scoreline.

In front of a sun-drenched Dalymount Park crowd largely rooting for the visitors, Rafa Benitez debuted his five new signings and saw six different United players get
on the scoresheet.  

Wearing the new white and purple third kit (along with black armbands marking the
second anniversary of the loss of John Alder and Liam Sweeney), United went ahead on 15 minutes through new boy Matt Ritchie's tidy finish.


Aleksandar Mitrovic then won and converted a penalty on the half hour, before further chances were spurned by the lively Rolando Aarons and Ritchie - the latter foraging successfully for the ball on 43 minutes before seeing Shane Supple tip his effort round the post.

United restarted the second half with six replacements and it was notable that Benitez spent part of the break giving them specific guidance on what was expected
of them.
One of those introduced was Dwight Gayle and he almost made a lightning start, cannoning his shot off the goal frame.

His first and United's third wasn't delayed long though, hooking
in from close range on 51 minutes. 

A brief delay followed as Gayle was warmly embraced by a solo pitch invader, but there was no such embrace for Florian Thauvin moments later when he took a pass from Rolando Aarons and tucked the ball home.


Rolando Aarons slotted in a fifth in the 59th minute and Gini Wijnaldum got in on the scoring act soon after arriving on the field, lashing in a 74th minute shot.

By that point the substituted Lascelles had handed the captain's armband to a trimmer-looking Jonjo Shelvey, as United used all 22 named players.

Rookie goalkeeper Paul Woolson warmed up with Karl Darlow at half time but didn't get on, Rob Elliot and Adam Armstrong weren't fit enough and injuries saw Kevin Mbabu and Siem De Jong return to Tyneside
ahead of their colleagues. 

Job done, the teams left the pitch to applause and Busker's "Home Newcastle" on the PA as Rafa's squad returned to Tyneside ahead of visits to Doncaster on Wednesday and Lokeren on S

As meaningless kickabouts go, this was pretty pleasing for Toon watchers, with many similar games over the years lacking any goals or cause for optimism.

Having also prepared for our last Championship season at Carton House, this victory was the equivalent of our 3-0 warm up win over Shamrock Rovers in 2009.

However the circumstances of that game couldn't be more different to 2016, the Magpies arriving that day with "no new owner, no chairman, no manager and no new faces" as we wrote in our match report.

With fee-free deals for Peter Lovenkrands, Marlon Harewood and Zurab Khizanishvili yet
to be completed, hasty stand-in boss Chris Hughton's first-ever starting XI put Tamas Kadar and Nile Ranger alongside Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton.

Even the weather was mercifully better today than on that damp and dreary day out at Tallaght, when that pivotal 1-6 pre-season loss at Leyton Orient and the consequent fallout was still a fortnight away. 

Had the Football Pink survived, doctoring one of their recurring headlines would have surely resulted in the
report of this game being billed as "It's Liffey Off United! We'll just settle for "It's a Wonderful Lif(fey)" and blame the Guinness.....



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