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Sheffield Wednesday 2013

Our 2013 fixture at Hillsborough took place on the 16th May at 6pm and this year's game was a real family affair, with the Thorpe Family of Dad Bob and Sons Dean and Geoffrey turning out for the Home team and Brothers Ken, David and Jamie Cameron all representing the Away side. An impressive team effort by the Away side proved to be the difference in what was ultimately a one-sided game; however the occasion was thoroughly enjoyable for both sets of players as well as the Owls fans there to watch. In the end the tie finished 1-11 to the Away side, thanks to some great individual performances within their team.

Date: Thursday 16th May
Venue: Hillsborough
Sheffield Wednesday Home vs Sheffield Wednesday Away
Kick off: 6pm
Match officials: Mehdi Najefi, Matthew Jackson, Dave March and Sam Wright
Legend: Lee Bullen

It was the Home side that got the game underway in the famous Blue and White striped tops, with the Away side sporting the Yellow and Blue striped change strip. The game was slow to start, with the Away side taking until the 5th min to create the first real chance. No 6 David Cameron being played through with a simple pass across the halfway line, but his early shot was easily collected by the Home Keeper Geoffrey Thorpe.

With 10 mins on the clock David Cameron got another chance and this time he made no mistake! The Away team’s right back Ken Cameron managed to get past two men before, seeing the run of his brother; he played the ball nicely into his path. The dangerous looking No 6 proceeded to take the ball across the box, round the Keeper and slide it nicely into the goal (0-1).

Just 4 mins later and the Away side score another goal. Home Keeper Geoffrey Thorpe played the ball out to Baljinder Singh, however the ball was pinched off him by the No 7 for the Away side Oli Wassell, who took it to the edge of the box before unleashing a shot across the goalie and into the bottom corner (0-2).

The next 10 mins contained little in the way of clear-cut chances for either team but there was a slight scare for the Away side when Home Centre Forward Sean Kidby sent a dangerous looking ball across the box. Away Keeper Richard Marsh couldn't quite grasp it at the 1st attempt; however his Captain Ben Houghton was on hand to clear it away to safety.

With half an hour gone the Away team got another goal, albeit a slightly scrappy one. After a corner was played into the box Centre Half Ben Houghton nodded it down with his head and after the ball rebounded up again the first person to get a touch on it was the Away No 11 James Derbyshire, who made no mistake from close range (0-3).

Two mins after his goal Derbyshire was body-checked on the edge of the box and awarded a free-kick. Away No 10 Stuart Laver stepped up to take it, managing to get it under the jumping wall but unfortunately it went straight at the grateful Goalie. Moments later and the Away side had another free-kick, but it was the turn of the No 8 Jamie Cameron this time, who smashed the bar with a thunderous shot!

Half time arrived soon afterwards with no more in the way of dangerous chances from either side. All in all it had been a thoroughly entertaining 1st half, the impressive Away side was on top however Lee Bullen's Home side had dug in to keep the margin to just 3 goals.

Half Time: Sheffield Wed Home 0 - 3 Sheffield Wed Away

A slow starting 2nd half came to life when the Away side got their fourth of the game. A throw-in on the right wing was taken by Oli Wassell to his teammate Kevin Griffiths. The No 14 slid a good ball into fellow sub Steven Cushnan, who took it past a defender before smashing it into the top corner to increase his side's lead (0-4).

Just a minute later and Oli Wassell and Steven Cushnan combined again to make it 5 for the Away side. Cushnan picked up the ball on the halfway line, before playing a chipped ball over the Home defence to send Wassell through on goal. Wassell showed great composure to play it through the Goalie’s legs, run round him and finish from just at the by-line for his 2nd of the game. It was a great piece of build up play, which was matched by an excellent finish by Wassell (0-5).

15 mins into the second half and the Away side produced another good free-kick, this time taken by Griffiths. From just outside the box, he curled it over the wall and hit the foot of the left-side post, but to the relief of Lee Bullen's Home team the ball was cleared to safety.

Five mins later and the Home side finally got the goal they had been waiting for. The ball was crossed in before being flicked on by No 14 Chris Whitfield, Centre Forward Sean Kidby took a shot which was blocked and when it fell to Michael Smith he neatly put the ball away to register his side's 1st goal (1-5).

However the Away team's appetite for goals was insatiable. Another nice one-two, this time between Right Back Ken Cameron and Centre Mid Stuart Laver, allowed Cameron to make a blistering run down the right wing and put in a great low ball to James Derbyshire who slid in to score his 2nd and his side's 6th of the night (1-6). 

A couple of mins later and after having played such a key role in the game so far, Away No 14 Kevin Griffiths thought he’d scored, only for the referee to blow for offside. Oli Wassell's cross was met by Vaughan Lonsdale, who was unlucky to see his header hit the bar, the rebound fell to Griffiths who smashed it into the net, but the Ref's whistle blew for offside.

It was to be two goals in 5 mins for the Away team though, with both going to James Derbyshire. The provider once again was Right Back Ken Cameron, who played a very good ball into the Striker who slotted it into the corner for his hat-trick (1-7).

The Away side stole the ball again straight after the restart and Cushnan went on the attack again, charging down the wing. Griffiths and Cameron, both deserving of a goal, waited in the box for the cut back from Cushnan and when it came Kevin Griffiths cut the ball off from going to the waiting Cameron and smashed it into the top corner (1-8). It was an excellent finish by Griffiths, after a great move by the Away team, with the No 14 fully deserving his goal after his impressive play so far.

The on song Away team were all over their opponents and long serving Football Aider Vaughan Lonsdale was looking for goal to cap off an otherwise good performance for the big Striker. The No 9 made a good run into the box to try and reach a dangerous ball in by No 17 Cushnan, but he just missed making contact as it slid past him. A min later and Lonsdale was in again, but he couldn't put it past Goalie Geoffrey Thorpe, who guessed where he was going to hit it and saved well with his right boot.

With less than 10 mins to go the Home side threw everyone forward, only to be countered. With a 4 on 1 situation the Away side’s No 14 Kevin Griffiths was the supplier again and this time for No 7 Oli Wassell, who slotted the ball past the Keeper for his hat-trick (1-9).

There then followed a rare chance for the Home side, it was created by Chris Whitfield who won a free-kick, which was then passed to him down the Right Wing. The No 14 then took a shot across the Keeper, but it was to go just past the post.

Finally the Right Back for the Away side got the goal he deserved, enabling his side to reach double figures at the same time. Picking the ball up beyond the halfway line Ken Cameron ran towards the box before unleashing a looping effort that went over the Goalie and high into the top corner of the net. Even his opponent, Stephen Day congratulated him on his goal (1-10)!

Again the Away side found themselves 4 against 1, Lonsdale picked up the ball on the edge of the box and fired in a shot; however it was well saved by Geoffrey Thorpe, much to the Keeper's delight. With just mins to go the Away side had another effort well saved, this time it was Cushnan picking up the ball just outside the box and taking a shot which was well tipped over by Thorpe.

However Thorpe’s valiant efforts couldn't prevent the header from the resulting corner adding to the Away side's tally. A good ball in was met powerfully by the head of Away captain Ben Houghton, who had enjoyed a rock solid game at the back as well. The No 5 headed it down and into the net, completing the scoring with a couple of mins remaining (1-11).

Shortly after the referee blew his whistle on what had been a one sided affair. The Away side’s attacking threat and rock solid defence was too much for the Home side, who could only muster one goal and despite battling hard to create other opportunities throughout the game. The Away team's Right Back Ken Cameron and Centre Mid Kevin Griffiths were both outstanding members of a very well organised team. At the end of the day it was a fantastic game of football, with plenty of entertainment for the watching Owls fans.

Full time: Sheffield Wed Home 1 - 11 Sheffield Wed Away

Man of the Match Home: Baljinder Singh
Man of the Match Away: Ben Houghton
Moment of the Match: Michael Smith

Home Team: Geoffrey Thorpe, Michael Ingham, Lee Bullen, Matt Stamper, Robert Thorpe, Baljinder Singh, Dave Dews, Stephen Day, Richard Johnson, Dean Thorpe (C), Sean Kidby, Chris Whitfield, Robert Thorpe, Matt Russell, Michael Smith
Home Mascots: James Thorpe and Matthew Thorpe

Away Team: Richard Marsh, Ken Cameron, Lee Bullen, Mark Derbyshire, Ben Houghton (C), David Cameron, Oli Wassell, Jamie Cameron, Vaughan Lonsdale, Stuart Laver, James Derbyshire, Kevin Griffiths, Ben Houghton, Gary O'Hagan,  Steven Cushnan
Away Mascot: Obi Wilson Laver