One by one, Bournemouth’s stewards escorted the Newcastle supporters who had spilled on to the pitch away. There were eight of them in total who could not contain their excitement.
What sparked those scenes was a sensational equaliser from Matt Ritchie with the very last kick of this match. The fact it was against his former club only added to its beauty.
DeAndre Yedlin had crossed and Ritchie went for the half-volley. A few fans probably feared for their windows in the car park behind the Vitality Stadium, but the midfielder smacked his shot into the roof of the net.
Matt Ritchie scored in injury time to to haunt his former club and give Newcastle a vital point in the race for survival
Ritchie scored with a brilliant shot into the top left corner after being released inside the box by team-mate DeAndre Yedlin
Ritchie was mobbed by his team-mates as he celebrated giving his side an important equaliser in the 94th minute on Saturday
MATCH FACTS, LIVE LEAGUE TABLE AND MATCH ZONE
AFC Bournemouth: Boruc, Clyne, Mepham, Ake, Daniels, Lerma,Ibe (Solanke 75), Fraser, Brooks, Wilson, King.
Subs not used: Mousset, Rico, Simpson, Begovic, Taylor, Surridge.
Goals: King (pen) 48, 81
Newcastle: Dubravka, Yedlin, Fernandez, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie, Perez (Atsu 72), Diame (Shelvey 83), Hayden, Almiron (Muto 82), Rondon.
Subs not used: Clark, Kenedy, Manquillo, Darlow.
Goals: Rondon 45+5, Ritchie 90+4
Referee: Mike Dean
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Cue delirium in the away end. They celebrated, the players celebrated and so did Rafa Benitez with his staff in the technical area. Another point towards Premier League safety.
Benitez has said all along that Newcastle are not out of the woods until mathematically safe but they will see this as a good result, despite losing a lead.
Newcastle scored first through Salomon Rondon’s fine free-kick before the break before a double from Bournemouth’s Joshua King made it 2-1 with less than 10 minutes to go.
Then Ritchie swung his boot at a lofted cross and the two sides shared the spoils.
‘Severe weather’ had caused significant travel disruptions on Saturday morning ahead of this match, forcing some supporters to arrive after kick-off. They did not miss much.
Joshua King was put through by Dominic Solanke and he showed brilliant composure inside the box to fire into the net
King slid on his knees as he celebrated give Bournemouth the lead with just nine minutes left on the clock
King helped the Cherries turn the game around after Newcastle had taken the lead in the first half through Salomon Rondon
The first proper chance fell to Bournemouth’s pint-sized forward after 10 minutes as Ryan Fraser smacked the post after King played him through.
After that, Ayoze Perez tested Artur Boruc’s ability to keep hold of the ball when he had a go from 25 yards. The Bournemouth goalkeeper did his job.
The obligatory Jefferson Lerma yellow card came in the 19th minute. He slid in on Perez, completely wiping him out, and Mike Dean showed him his 11th caution of the season.
Newcastle’s players felt it deserved more and were less than pleased with the leniency. Lerma would have to be careful if he was to avoid becoming the 100th red of Dean’s career.
Jordon Ibe likewise entered the notebook for a cynical challenge on Miguel Almiron, who had sparked a counter-attack from a Bournemouth corner in first-half stoppage time.
Mike Dean judged that Nathan Ake was pulled down in the box by Federico Fernandez and gave the Cherries a penalty
Joshua King stepped up to send Martin Dubravka the wrong way to put Bournemouth on level terms at the Vitality Stadium
King picked the ball out of the net and rushed to the halfway line in order to restart the match and chase a winner
From the resulting free-kick, Rondon, with a touch of finesse, curled the ball beyond Boruc from 25 yards. Dozens of Newcastle supporters, who had left early for their half-time pie, shuffled back into the stands to join the celebrations and yes, shirts were off.
At the start of the second half, Bournemouth had a corner. It was whipped in and Newcastle’s Federico Fernandez was spotted with his arm around Nathan Ake’s neck.
It was the type of foul you see go unpunished inside penalty areas week in, week out. Dean took his time then pointed to the spot, and King sent Martin Dubravka the wrong way for his 10th Premier League goal of the season.
At 1-1, the game was open. Rondon, with his back to goal, turned and shot. The ball squirmed just wide and was inches from being tapped in by Ritchie.
The home side thought they had the lead in the 70th minute when Callum Wilson sent a header over Dubravka. The goalkeeper was helpless but Paul Dummett was alert to the danger.
Miguel Almiron had countered from a Bournemouth corner, he advanced 70 yards, was fouled by Ibe, who was then booked.
Then Salomon Rondon curled in a 22-yard free-kick from the left-hand side of the area to give the Magpies the opening goal
Rondon celebrated his goal with his team-mates who piled on top of him in injury time before the half-time interval
He raced back and cleared off the line with a remarkable overhead kick. Dean checked his watch, and the technology said all of the ball was not over, so it remained level.
Yet Bournemouth had their lead inside the final 10 minutes. Tidy footwork from Dominic Solanke saw the substitute dance round Newcastle’s defenders before he teed up King.
The striker side footed the ball into the bottom corner for 2-1 and the heavens opened.
Newcastle threw the kitchen sink at Bournemouth from then on and Ritchie’s wonder-goal saw them leave with something to show for their efforts.
Newcastle winger Matt Ritchie fought with Bournemouth forward Jordan Ibe for the ball in the first half at the Vitality Stadium
Referee Mike Dean was surrounded by Newcastle players DeAndre Yedlin, Mohamed Diame and Federico Fernandez
Bournemouth midfielder Jefferson Lerma received a yellow card from referee Mike Dean in the first half on Saturday
Cherries midfielder Jefferson Lerma tried to keep hold of the ball as Newcastle forward Ayoze Perez put him under pressure
Newcastle forward Ayoze Perez (right) tried to find an opening for the Magpies under pressure from Charlie Daniels
Bournemouth forward David Brooks challenged for the ball with Newcastle midfielder Isaac Hayden at the Vitality Stadium
Newcastle central midfielder Mohamed Diame attempted a slide tackle on Bournemouth centre forward Joshua King
Newcastle midfielder Isaac Hayden made a sliding challenge on Bournemouth player Jefferson Lerma in the first half
Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser (back) went close for Eddie Howe’s side in the first half but the ball went past the post
Bournemouth forward Fraser attempted to dribble away from Mohamed Diame (left) and Ayoze Perez (right)
Bournemouth centre half Chris Mepham (right) tried to shield the ball away from Newcastle centre forward Salomon Rondon
Cherries forward Ryan Fraser went down following Ayoze Perez’s tackle who is shown a yellow card by referee Mike Dean
Newcastle striker Ayoze Perez made a rash challenge on Bournemouth winger Fraser that caught the winger on the leg
Bournemouth centre forward Joshua King put pressure on Newcastle defender Paul Dummett as the latter cleared the ball
Magpies striker Salomon Rondon tried to hold off Bournemouth central defender Chris Mepham at the Vitality Stadium
Newcastle United midfielder Miguel Almiron, who they signed in January, went down withering in pain in the early exchanges
Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser attempted to dribble past Newcastle full-back DeAndre Yedlin in the first half on Saturday