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Sheffield Wednesday 2010

It hadn't been the best of seasons for fans of Sheffield Wednesday to say the least. Little more than a week ago the Owls had the unenviable task of having to beat Crystal Palace to stay in the Championship, but after a nail-biting 2-2 draw the team were relegated to League One. It was a disappointing end to the season but what better way for Wednesday fans to raise their spirits than to pull on the Sheffield Wednesday jersey and run out to play at Hillsborough.

Tuesday 11th May 2010
Sheffield Wednesday Home vs Sheffield Wednesday Away
Kick Off: 2:00pm
Legends: Lawrie Madden and Greg Fee
Match Officials: Josh Bramall, Matt Tyers, Paul Cooper and James Bell

The match started at a frantic pace with both teams wanting to get off to a flying start and impress the friends and relatives that had come along to watch. The first ten minutes however was played out mainly in the middle third of the park with both teams appearing to be well matched.

It was the Away team that opened the scoring with just over 10 mins played. Stuart Laver gathered the ball in the middle of the park and moved forward carefully. Laver took his time and delayed his pass, he looked for the run and when he spotted it played a perfect through ball to Vaughan Lonsdale who had skipped in behind the defenders. Lonsdale waited for the ball to roll in front of his body and when Richard Marsh came out to attempt a save, the tall striker hit first time with his left foot, under the body of Marsh and into the net (0-1).

The Home team responded well in search of an equaliser. The game was continuing to be dominated by play in the middle of the park with both teams struggling to get a break through. The Home team did have a half chance when the ball broke loose to Ryan Jones but as he tried to bear down on the keeper his first touch was too heavy and Ben Houghton gathered with no problem. Lonsdale could have potentially scored a hat-trick before the break with a bit more luck.

He could have doubled his goal tally but was denied by a great save from Richard Marsh. James Derbyshire was the architect; he did very well to keep the ball in play on the left-side of the pitch before playing a dipping ball towards the six yard box. Again Lonsdale found himself in behind the defence and powered in a low header but Richard Marsh's quick reaction saw him pull off a save with his feet. Then with the last effort of the first half Omaison found himself through on goal again but Bob Thorpe tracked back and relieved the danger, support came for Lonsdale but when he tried to play the ball, Craig Wood found himself in an offside position.

Half Time: Sheffield Wednesday Home 0 - 1 Sheffield Wednesday Away

It was the Home team who got the second half underway, striving to find that leveller. Their first chance came when Barry Maclure won a free-kick just outside the area, for what can only be described as a dive! Maclure took the free-kick himself and bent it around the wall but the out-stretched arms of Houghton kept it out.

Tom Parson's addition to the second half was highly valued and he nearly contributed with a goal from close range. Some great passing from Wood to Laver then on to Lonsdale allowed Lonsdale to set up Parsons but his close range effort was parried away by Marsh.

Next up a fantastic save from Ben Houghton was the sole reason the Home team didn't get an equaliser from a free-kick. Michael Omaison floated the ball into the box over the wall from 25 yards out; it was met by the head of Oli Wassell and sailed towards the top corner until Houghton pulled off a beautiful save, touching it onto the bar and out for a corner.

Despite the Home team looking strong and creating a string of chances it was the Away team that got the all important next goal. Tom Parsons pinched the ball from James Chisholm and bombed down the wing; he cut inside then crossed across goal where Lonsdale tried to finish. His shot was slightly scuffed though and landed for Craig Wood who made no mistake, burying it in the net with a right-footed volley. Wood was clearly delighted but his topless celebration earned him a yellow card from the increasingly card happy Referee! (0-2)

Minutes later and still delighted with his first goal, Craig Wood bagged his second of the game. Again Parsons was the playmaker; he gathered the ball from Lonsdale in the middle of the park, and his pass allowed Wood to narrowly beat the offside trap and take one touch before drilling it low to the keeper's left. The celebration was there but this time Wood kept his shirt on to rule out any potential dismissal (0-3).

The Blue and White stripes of the Home team continued to create chances and not long after Wood's second, they got the goal they deserved. Oli Wassell sprayed the ball to James Derbyshire on the edge of the box and after controlling with his right foot, Derbyshire powered a shot past Marsh from distance. It was going to take a great finish to beat Marsh today and Derbyshire had supplied it (1-3).

Shortly after Bob Thorpe was let off the hook from the linesman's flag when his miss-hit pass allowed Parsons to create another attack. The No 17 played the ball to Craig Wood who closed in on goal before squaring to Daniel Newton who hit the net from close range. Newton started to celebrate but unfortunately for him the flag was up, offside!

With only 5 mins left on the clock the Home team came extremely close to narrowing the lead. Derbyshire swung a good cross in from the left but Omaison couldn't keep his shot down and it went blazing over the bar. 2 mins later and the Home team hit on the counter-attack; Oli Wassell got himself to the by-line and passed the ball across the 6 yard box. All Omaison had to do was put his laces through it but he couldn't make the right contact and the ball fell to Derbyshire whose low shot was saved by Ben Houghton.

The Referee brought an end to the proceedings shortly after with the Away side running out deserving winners. However the Home team were to receive a rousing reception on leaving the pitch as well as the winners with the fans highly appreciative of the fantastic efforts every player put into their performances while Living the Dream at Hillsborough.

Full-Time: Sheffield Wednesday Home 1 - 3 Sheffield Wednesday Away

Man of the Match Home: Oli Wassell
Man of the Match Away: Andrew Golynski
Moment of the Match: Ben Houghton

Home Team: Richard Marsh, Richard Johnson, James Chisholm, Robert Thorpe, Ryan Jones, Dean Thorpe, Barry Maclure, Michael Omaison, Oli Wassell, Tom Chisholm, Michael Pearson, Mark Derbyshire, James Derbyshire

Mascot: Matthew Thorpe

Away Team: Ben Houghton, Kristian Bates, Dimi Dimitriou, Stephen Phillips, Dave Buglass, Stuart Laver, M. Cunningham, Vaughan Lonsdale, Andrew Golynski, Craig Wood, Daniel Newton, Eric Lamb, Tom Parsons

Mascot: Dylan Bath