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Sheffield Wednesday 2011

It was a bright day in Sheffield when the excited Owls fans arrived for the Football Aid game at the iconic Hillsborough. The players were thrilled to have the chance to pull on their personalised kits and march out of the tunnel to grace the same hallowed turf that first team stars like Johnson, Miller and Mellor had been all season.

Tuesday the 10th of May 2011
Sheffield Wednesday Home vs Sheffield Wednesday Away
Kick Off: 6:00pm
Legends: David Reeves, Greg Fee
Match Officials: Tom Bramall, Matt Tyers, Paul Cooper and James Bell

It would be the Away side in Black that would get the action underway at the famous Hillsborough, and they immediately settled into the game, passing the ball nicely. Mark Pedrick's attempted through ball was cut out by Trotter and the ball fell to Vaughan Lonsdale. Lonsdale's pass was picked up by Tom Parsons. The striker looked up and chipped a beautiful finish over the diving Houghton and into the top corner of the net from 25 yards. A goal of the season contender in the opening minutes! (0-1)

Instead of getting rocked, the Home side came right back into the game. They immediately won a corner. Chris Eales' delivery from the right was met by Paul Short in the box, and the big No 9 showed his aerial prowess by hammering the ball into the top corner. With two goals in the opening five minutes, the game was shaping up to be a cracker! (1-1)

The men in black were looking to retake the lead, with Parsons looking particularly dangerous. Kevan Butt knocked a ball over the top of the defence for Parsons to show his pace, but the striker was denied by the outstretched leg of Houghton. Wilmhurst and Richardson had done well to put pressure on the striker for the Home side. Steven Houston was next to threaten, the winger finding space near the far post but his shot was well held by Houghton. Short had gotten back to again apply pressure on the Away attack.

The game settled down and became a real midfield battle until the deadlock was broken by some real quality from the Away side in the 20th min. Steven Houston went on a fantastic run, showing a great turn of pace to beat the left back and find space on the right flank. He then showed his awareness with a superb square ball to Stuart Laver. Laver looked up, picked his spot and pinged a rocket of a shot that clipped the underside of the bar on the way in, a magnificent strike! (1-2)

Minutes later Fee's men made it three. Houston was involved again; the winger looked up and played a pinpoint crossfield pass to Mark Pedrick who had timed his run to perfection. The winger drove towards goal before taking his shot on the half volley, dinking it across Houghton into the far corner of the net. The Home side had not done anything wrong; the team in black were just doing everything right! (1-3)

The Away side were the dominant force in the game, and they got their fourth after only 30 mins played. Some patient build up led to Dean Thorpe collecting the ball in the opposition half and running into the box. He played a one-two with Tom Parsons before giving it back to the striker in space. Parsons picked his spot and slotted his effort low into the net, a great team goal. (1-4)

Dean Thorpe was showing his prowess at the other end of the pitch as well. Legend Reeves surged forward and found himself with a chance to shoot. Just as he pulled the trigger, Thorpe slid in and saved a potential goal. Great defending.

Lonsdale and Houston both had half chances before the referee blew the half time whistle. The Away side had looked very strong so far!

Half-Time: Sheffield Wednesday Home 1 - 4 Sheffield Wednesday Away

It would be the Home side in the famous blue and white stripes that would restart the game and look to get back into the match. It only took 4 mins for Reeves' men to find the lifeline they were looking for. Substitute David Green broke up the left wing and squared the ball to Short in the box. Bob Thorpe's challenge on the centre forward was deemed to be a foul, and the referee awarded a penalty. Up stepped goalkeeper and Captain Ben Houghton to strike the penalty past his opposite number Ingham (2-4)

Both teams were having tentative efforts on goal. Captain Esberger tried a speculative shot while facing away from goal for the Away side, while the Home team's Oli Wardman saw his shot from distance skip past the post. It wasn't until 60 mins into the match when the next good chance was created. Dean Thorpe made another good forward run and laid the ball off to Michael Omaison. However the midfielder's rasping shot was well pushed away by Houghton.

Winger Houston was up to his old tricks causing havoc down the right. His shot stung the palms of Houghton, but still neither side could get back on the scoresheet. After 70 minutes Tom Parsons bagged a deserved hat trick. The striker nicked the ball from a poor throw out from Houghton before his shot was saved, the goalie redeeming himself. Unluckily the ball fell back to Parsons who passed into the empty net. (2-5)

Only minutes later the Away side made it six. The Home team had bombed forward in search of goals and were punished. Laver received the ball on the break and his slide rule pass found Vaughan Lonsdale in acres of space at the back post. The striker went for power and blasted the ball into the net. The replay showed centre half Richardson might have got something on the ball with his attempted block, but the power in the strike carried the ball home. (2-6)

Parsons came close to adding a fourth to his already impressive hat trick after 82 mins. Captain Esberger burst down the left before finding Lonsdale in space. The striker squared a pass to Parsons, whose shot rattled off the crossbar.

Esberger and Omaison both had further chances to increase the lead for the Away side, but in the end they would have to settle for six as the referee called time on a hugely exciting match.

Full-Time: Sheffield Wednesday Home 2 - 6 Sheffield Wednesday Away

Man of the Match Home: Ben Houghton
Man of the Match Away:
Tom Parsons
Moment of the Match:
Dean Thorpe

Home Team: Houghton (c), Ward, Reeves, Wilmhurst, Richardson, Trotter, Eales, Gibbon, Short, Beck, Ibbotson, Wardman, Dickinson, Pedrick, Green

Mascot: Charlie Ward

Away Team: Ingham, Johnson, Fee, D. Thorpe, R. Thorpe, Butt, Houston, Perdrick, Parsons, Laver, Lonsdale, Omaison, Webb, Esberger

Mascot: Rowan Esberger