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Sheffield Wednesday 2006

Thursday 27th April, Hillsborough, att 210

Sheffield Wednesday (Home) 1 Sheffield Wednesday (Away) 5

Striker David Board scored a double as Wednesday Away strolled to a 5-1 victory in the Hillsborough sunshine against John Pearson’s Home side in the Sheffield Wednesday leg of the Football Aid Championships.

While Away dominated the game, attacking hard and early, it was Wednesday Home that had the first chance to open the scoring when Clive Watson’s attempt just went wide 3 minutes into the game. However, Away soon took control and their tireless attack was finally rewarded in the 21st minute when Board’s cross swept into goal.

Their lead lengthened only minutes later as midfielder Clayton’s long ball found Board. The silky striker, with space and time on his side, again chipped the ball towards goal. Keeper, Taylor could only look on in disbelief as once more, the ball dropped into the back of the net.

Home managed to pull a goal back in the 39th minute after determined forward play saw them awarded a penalty. Centre midfielder, Watson calmly slotted the ball in to make the score line 1-2. However, any thoughts of a brilliant come back were swiftly dashed by an aggressive Away counter attack. Seconds before half time, defender Cupitt pounced on a loose ball. Despite the ever-vigilant Home Captain, Cowlishaw at his heels, Cupitt easily beat the keeper and slotted in Away’s 3rd goal of the match.

The second half was a more tepid affair with Away quite happy to hold on to their lead. Despite Home’s best attempts, they failed to make the most of their many chances and it was Away’s aerial superiority from set pieces that was finally to be Home’s undoing. Substitute Cameron made a dream like start to his second half appearance with a great goal that whipped round a hard working Taylor into the right hand side of the net and midfielder Jason Holmes couldn’t believe his luck on finding the ball at his feet and an empty goal ahead of him after Home failed to score from a corner; despite having the entire squad in the penalty area! Keeper Taylor did his best to chase down the masterful midfielder but Jason easily slotted the ball into the net to round off the day’s goals. The final score 5-1 to an assertive Away side.

Man of the match was a tough call for former Owl John Pearson but went deservedly to Captain Rob Cowlishaw (Home) and Dean Thorpe (Away) for their impressive defensive performances. And who else would receive the Whyte and MacKay ‘moment of the match’ but David Board for his cheeky double that gave the Away side a commanding early lead.

As striker Andrew Garner commented after the match, “A big “Thank You” to Stewart McGuire and all the members of Football Aid team for hosting what was a magical experience and what turned out to be a fantastic 5 – 1 win for the Owls away squad! I for one, thoroughly enjoyed the entire day. Stewart and his team make the effort to improve things and the event seems to get better each year. Whilst the game is highly competitive the whole event is well co-ordinated, friendly and held in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere fostered by Stewart et al – a credit to all who participated. Roll on next year!”