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Sheffield Wednesday 2014

The 2014 Football Aid at Hillsborough took place on a cold and wet night but that didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the players and the fans were rewarded with a hugely exciting game of football. The match ended with 9 goals scored and a narrow victory for the Away team. With fantastic performances all over the park it was a great spectacle and an example of the way in which football should be played. Some sublime finishes and great shot stopping combined to give the fans what they came out for, which was great entertainment.

Date: Thursday 1st of May 2014
Venue: Hillsborough
Sheffield Wednesday (Home) vs Sheffield Wednesday (Away)
Kick off: 18:30 pm
Legend: Lee Bullen
Match Officials: Paul Cooper, Will Cavanagh and Callum Gough

It was the Away side that got the game underway in their Black and Yellow kits, playing from left to right and they created the first good opportunity of the game. With just over 5 mins gone the No 11 James Goodison played a lovely ball into the stride of Captain Andrew Stamper who took a low shot aiming for the far right corner. However much to the striker's disappointment, the Home goalie Mark Whittington made a great save with his feet to divert the ball for a corner.

The Away team sustained their pressure on the opposition though and made the breakthrough thanks to a free-kick won out on the left wing. No 9 Gareth Goodison stepped up and took a perfect in-swinging effort that was flicked on masterfully by No 10 Jonathan Hardy giving his team the lead with 10 mins gone (0-1).

It didn’t take the Away team long to double their advantage, with a goal that was just as pleasing on the eye as the first. Some lovely interplay in the centre of the park between No 11 James Goodison, No 8 Iain Gilman and No 10 Jonathan Hardy ended in a lovely pass down the left side of the box into centre forward Gareth Goodison. Goodison received the pass perfectly before chipping the ball to the near post where it hit off the woodwork and into the net giving the goalie no chance (0-2).

The Away team felt hard done by mins later though after there was a strong appeal for a penalty. A lovely ball down the right side from No 16 Dean Thorpe to winger Adam Goodison saw the wide man cut into the box before being brought down from behind by an attempted tackle from centre half Michael Gabbitas. Although the effort from the Home defender was admirable, he didn’t appear to get the ball, however the referee saw nothing wrong with the challenge and play resumed.

In the 1st half the Home team didn’t get many chances but there was a golden chance given to No 8 Terry Rickeard when a back pass was too short and Rickeard pounced on it. He approached goal carefully and as the Away goalie rushed him Rickeard attempted a trademark cheeky chip but he dragged it slightly wide of the goal.

Just seconds later and the Away team gifted their opposition another opportunity which No 17 Danny Howson was not going to pass up. The winger picked it up just beyond the halfway line, passing his opposite number well before slotting it home well at the near post to pull one back for his side (1-2). 

A great half of football drew to a close with both sides happy with their performances. The Away side were only narrowly in the lead, despite their pressure in the early stages but the Home team’s defence and goalkeeper stood strong, not allowing the game to get away from their grasp. The most notable moments of the half were of course the two goals scored by the Away team which were both sublime, yet both quite different from one another. However, the Home team came back well and ended the half on a high.

Half Time: Shef Wed (Home) 1 - 2 Shef Wed (Away)

In the Home dressing room at half time, legend Lee Bullen reminded the players what happened when they got the ball down and played it rather than playing it long up the park. He said if they continued this they would keep scoring because the Away side were getting worried at the back and having to clear it in a panic.

The Home side got the game back underway but it was the Away team that were quickest out the blocks, scoring within the first couple of mins of the half. An excellent example of turning defence into attack got the ball to No 8 Iain Gilman who produced a sublime low cross to centre forward Gareth Goodison who finished easily (1-3).

Just mins later and the Away side seemed to be running away with the game. This time it was the creator of the last goal Iain Gilman who scored an outrageously good solo goal. Running from his own half he exchanged a quick one-two before skipping over one challenge, progressing into the box, taking it past another and nestling it in the far corner (1-4).

The game was heating up and goals were flying in, this time for the Home team who pulled one back through winger Danny Howson and this challenged Gilman for goal of the game. It was a case of the Away team not being able to clear their lines and the ball fell for No 9 Stuart Laver who passed it out to Howson and the young man proceeded to take a pop at goal and the ball flew into the roof of the net (2-4). 

And the quality of the goals scored was certainly maintained with the Home team’s third goal, this time it was winger Terry Rickeard scoring a sublime effort. The ball came in via a throw-in from the right side, and letting it bounce over his head Rickeard turned and volleyed it perfectly, first-time, into the bottom corner giving no hope to the goalie (3-4).

Down the other end two mins later and the Away side almost countered Rickeard’s goal with an effort of their own. No 17 Michael Smith back-heeled it to central midfielder Stephen Elliot on the edge of the box, who then completed the one-two with Smith, however, his low effort was saved magnificently by keeper Mark Whittington.

The game had now started to heat up again with chances at both ends. The No 11 for the Home team, David Stamper, found himself through on goal but his high, curving effort was also matched by a top save from goalie James Webber.

With just 15 mins to go the Away team were given a gift of a goal which No 9 Gareth Goodison was only too happy to accept. A short back pass that didn’t reach the keeper was pounced on by Goodison and the lethal striker finished neatly over goalie Whittington’s left shoulder to complete his hat-trick (3-5).

Nearing the end of the game the Home team had to push everyone forward as they needed a goal quick if they were to have any hope of getting a draw. A corner whipped in from the left was cleverly flicked on by Legend Lee Bullen. The Home No 14 James Cawthorne masterfully turned his marker using his strength and fired a volley in off the post to give his team hope as they approached the final whistle (4-5).
However the game ended after the valiant efforts from the Home team finished with them losing out by a single goal. The game was very close at times and the finishing from both teams was admirable. 3 finishes in a row from Gilman, Howson and Rickeard were easily the pick of the bunch and were representative of the quality of football on show for the fans watching on from the famous old Main Stand. Although there were 9 goals scored, there could easily have been more towards the end, if not for masterclass performances in goal by Whittington and Webber. Overall it was a great day’s football thanks to classy play by both sets of Wednesday fans.

Full time: Shef Wed (Home) 4 - 5 Shef Wed (Away)

Man of the Match Home: Mark Whittington
Man of the Match Away: Iain Gilman
Moment of the Match: Danny Howson

Home Team: Mark Whittington, Richard Johnson, Lee Bullen (2nd Half), Matt Stamper, Michael Gabbitas, Thomas Jellis, Jon Stamper, Terry Rickeard, Stuart Laver, Andrew Stamper (C), David Stamper, James Cawthorne, Mark Feehan, Danny Howson
Home Mascot: Isabelle Stamper

Away Team: James Webber, Adam Fossett, Lee Bullen (1st Half), Alex Orange (C), Vaughan Lonsdale, Stephen Elliot, Adam Goodison, Iain Gilman, Gareth Goodison, Jonathan Hardy, James Goodison, Matt Russell, Robert Thorpe, Dean Thorpe, Michael Smith
Away Mascot: Ted Lonsdale