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Wolves 2006

Thursday 11th May, Molineux Grounds

Wolves (Home) 1 Wolves (Away) 2

A last gasp goal from legend Robbie Denison gave Wolves Away a thrilling victory in a closely contended match, which left the crowd gasping for breath.

Away were on the attack early with midfielder Barker surging through Home’s defence in the first 5 minutes. He was unlucky to see his low strike skipping past the right post.

However, it was Bull’s Home side that opened up the scoring in the 24th minute. After some good pressure, striker Leister picked up the ball on the edge of box and with time and space on his hands, silkily skipped through the defence and slotted home to make the score 1-0.

An almost immediate reply from the Away team after the restart saw midfielder Oliver flash the ball just over from 20 yards out and whilst continuing to apply fierce pressure for the next ten minutes, they failed to produce the all important equaliser.

The highlight off the first half came in the 39th minutes when Away looked certain to have made a breakthrough. Skipper Fennell sprinted beyond defence onto a clever threaded ball and struck low and hard but Home keeper Barnes pulled off a fantastic save down to his right (according to one source, reminiscent of Gordon Banks save against Pele in the 1970 World Cup!) to deny Away once more.

The opening minutes of the second half continued where the first half left off with the Away team picking up the pressure on the Home’s defence. Their success however was limited to the left flank where they held good possession but failed to create clear opportunities, long range shots being held easily by Barnes.

In the final fifteen minutes, Away decided to change tactics and push three up front. This proved to be the turning point of the game as Away threw everything they had at Home’s tiring defence.

The long searched for equaliser came in the 83rd minute when a long ball up field bounced over the defence. Substitute Blower raced through, controlled and deftly pushed the ball under an advancing Tyler to level the game.

This made for a frantic finale as both teams pressed hard for the winner. In the dying seconds, the Away team charged forward in a counter attack. The ball sprayed from the centre of the park out to the left wing where legend Robbie Dennison stood unmarked. He powered towards goal before checking back onto his left foot and hammering home the final and winning goal of the match. The final score 2-1 to a victorious Away side.

As Home defender, Jason Jones commented after the match, “What an amazing experience. I couldn’t believe my luck when I found out the great Steve Bull was our manager for the day! A dream come true. I’m aching like hell but it was well worth it and I’d do it again tomorrow. FANTASTIC!”

Skipper, Lewis continued, “Had a fantastic day. I was very proud to lead out the team as captain and enjoyed playing on the hallowed turf. Will be a day that lives with me for the rest of my life. Thanks again Football Aid for an amazing day!”