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Action from City v Olympiacos
Manchester City 3 Olympiacos
1 Thomas Cook Trophy
Saturday 6th August 2005 : Malc at the COMSTAD for Get
Your Kits Out
Manchester City came from behind to beat Greek champions
Olympiacos, with Bradley Wright-Phillips netting twice.
The Greek side dominated the opening period, taking a deserved lead through Yaya
Toure's flashing header. Toure certainly caught the eye in the first half when
he dominated the midfield.
Darius Vassell's lob provided the equaliser after strike partner Andy Cole
supplied the killer pass.
Wright-Phillips then replaced Cole, the youngster first glancing home Stephen
Ireland's cross, before he drilled a neat strike into the bottom corner. It was
an impressive performance by Bradley who could possibly have netted on two other
occasions with relatively simple chances which a Premiership striker would
expect to convert.
Joey Barton was very low key but was well received by the City
faithful and hopefully the lad will now cut out the ugly side of his character
and mature into a reliable player.
On the whole a decent enough workout but the real stuff starts
next Saturday at home to West Brom.....
Another season kicks off
at the COMSTAD
Olympiacos keeper in action
Olympiacos free kick
Stoke 1 Manchester City 2
Sun Jihai looks like missing the start of the season for Manchester
City after being sent off against Stoke at the Brittania Stadium.
The China defender was handed a straight red card by referee Phil Dowd for
bringing down Martin Paterson in the penalty area in the 68th minute.
Sun Jihai, who missed most of last season with a knee injury, is almost certain
to be ruled out of the first three games of the campaign.
Dyer, who had earlier given Stoke the lead, failed to convert the penalty,
goalkeeper David James making a fine save (see picture left).
Ten-man City then drew level five minutes later with Andy Cole finding the
bottom corner of the net - his second goal for the club since arriving from
Bradley Wright-Phillips then floored the home side by scoring the winner in the
81st minute with a cool finish.
Manager Stuart Pearce gave a first start to striker Darius Vassell following his
£2million move from Aston Villa but omitted Joey Barton.
The 22-year-old midfielder has also been ruled out of the squad to face
Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday.
He is due to start a programme of rehabilitation and will not be included in the
party until he undergoes counselling.
Barton, who agreed to get help after being fined eight weeks wages following an
incident in the team hotel in Thailand, could feature against Olympiacos next
He was sent home early from the tour after allegedly lashing out at a
15-year-old Everton fan and then team-mate Richard Dunne when he intervened.
Last Christmas he was fined £60,000 after poking former team-mate Jamie Tandy in
the eye with a lit cigar during the club's Christmas party.
With Barton absent, 19-year-old Stephen Ireland was given a run in the middle of
the park and showed some nice touches.
City almost took the lead through Kiki Musampa when he rattled in a powerful
shot. However Steve Simonsen stood tall and beat his effort away.
The Championship side, under new coach Johan Boskamp, hit back but James managed
to smother the ball and block out Mamady Sidibe.
Dyer, on trial, then made the breakthrough in the 52nd minute but City took
control late in the game.
STALYBRIDGE CELTIC 3
MANCHESTER CITY 4
Micah Richards' hat-trick led City's reserves to a 4-3 win over
Wednesday 13th July - Hyde United (a)
Steve Wigley's men were 2-0 up early on thanks to a Richards double. The first a
header from Willo Flood's corner, quickly followed by his second, a well taken
goal after a free kick swung in by Paul Collins. Karl Bermingham's strike made
it 3-0 and put the seal on an impressive first half performance following good
work by Ishmael Miller. City added a fourth just on the hour mark as the big
frontman volleyed home his third from another Flood set piece. The manager then
brought off Ricards, Flood and Bermingham to give a run out to Academy lads,
Michael Johnson and Kelvin Etuhu as well as a young trialist. This roused the
host's into a spirited fight back. An excellent goal from Chris Price, easily
Stalybridge's best player, volleyed in off the bar with great power. A somewhat
dubious penalty decision gave Celtic hope as they made it 4-2 and 4-3 shortly
after. And in a tense finish City had Kasper Schmeichel to thank as he produced
a great save at the death.
More pictures from the Stalybridge Celtic game
- Friday 15th July -
Tranmere Rovers (a) lost 0-1
- Saturday 16th July - Macclesfield Town (a) drew
- Wednesday 20th July -
Bolton Wanderers (a*) drew 1-1 lost 5-4 on
- Saturday 23rd July - Everton (a*)
drew 1-1 won 4-2 on pens
- Wednesday 27th July - Stalybridge Celtic (a)
- Saturday 30th July
- Stoke City (a)
- Sunday 31st July - Sheffield
Wednesday (a) drew 1-1
- Saturday 6th August - Olympiakos (h) Thomas Cook Trophy
* Rajamangala National Stadium, Bangkok,
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