Orient – Smith, Thornton (pen), McGleish, Mkandawire, Jarvis, Baker
Newcastle – Barton (pen)
First Half: Jones, Daniels, Purches, Chorley, Mkandawire, Thornton, Demetrious, Smith, Melligan, Patulea, Scowcroft
Second half subs (all used) : Morris (gk), Ashworth, Gilbert, Cave-Brown, Pires, Baker, Sydes, Hall, McGleish, Jarvis
1st half: Krul (gk) Coloccini, Enrique, Nolan, Barton, Duff, Smith, Habib Beye, Taylor, Obafemi Martens, Gutierrez
Subs (all used) Foster (gk) Guthrie, Xisco, Geremei, Andrew Carrol, Lualua, Kadar plus two blokes off the street (sorry – unnamed squad players)
Leyton Orient took apart Newcastle United at Brisbane Road in a match which confirmed the disarray the toon army are currently suffering, and piled more gloom on owner Mike Ashley.
With no deals finalised on buying the club from Ashley, there was still no managerial appointment, and with Alan Shearer nowhere to be seen it was left to Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood to take charge of the team and coaching.
For the East Londoners, it was their only home friendly of the season after Newcastle pulled out of a trip to Amsterdam on police advice to avoid fans clashing with Sunderland fans. The O’s were scheduled to play Luton Town the night before but pulled out of the game to entertain the geordies.
It’s possible that the relegated Johnston Paint Trophy Winners could have given the eastenders a harder game, as Orient opened the scoring after just 5 minutes from Jimmy Smith after good work by Jason Demetriou and Sean Thornton. Thornton added a second from the penalty spot on 20 minutes after Habib Beye was adjudged to have carelessly handled in the box.
Newcastle pulled a goal back through Joey Barton, also from the penalty spot and started to get back into a game, as Damian Duff and Jonas Gutierrez swapped wings, but were denied twice by superb saves by young keeper Jamie Jones from Steven Taylor and Obafemi Martens.
Just before half-time Jones made a third great save, this time from his own player Charlie Daniels, attempting to safely head the ball back to his keeper from a Newcastle corner.
For the second half many substitutes took to the field, including Geremi, LuaLua and Xisco for Newcastle, and Scott McGleish and Ryan Jarvis for Orient. McGleish, a player released by Colin Calderwood at Northampton added the crucial third goal after just five minutes with a stunning overhead kick from the edge of the box, and just a minute later Tamika Mkandawire added a fourth from a corner and seemingly killed off any hopes of a comeback from the Championship side.
If a 4-1 win against an ex Premiership side that contained 15 squad players on £50,000 a week wasn’t enough, Ryan Jarvis broke into the box and curled in a fifth, past helpless sub keeper Fraser Foster.
So 5-1, and the Brisbane Road faithful that weren’t left stunned and lost for words, celebrated by singing “we want six” “can we play you every week?” and “easy easy”
They didn’t have to wait too long. With the clock running down on 87 minutes, good work down the left by Loick Pires allowed him to slot a ball into the middle for fellow youth team product Harry Baker to place the ball into the left corner and finish the scoring on an extraordinary afternoon.
Afterwards, a cheeky Geraint Williams said “I’m a bit disappointed we didn’t keep a clean sheet”
Newcastle caretaker Chris Hughton banned all of his players from speaking to the press.
In their first pre-season friendly one week earlier the Toon had put seven past local neighbours Darlington, so may have been expecting a similar result on their trip to London, but were quite simply knocked for six by the better team on the day.