All the highs and lows of the 2007/08 season were put to one side by a group of 27 Wolves’ fans as they, on a crisp Thursday evening in Wolverhampton, stepped foot on the sacred Molineux pitch to live their dream and follow in the footsteps of many a great player before them.
Featuring for the two teams were three such legends: Andy Thompson, England international Tony Daley and Republic of Ireland international David Kelly.
Thursday 15th of May 2008
Wolverhampton Wanderers Home vs Wolverhampton Wanderers Away
Match Officials: Tony Lloyd, Gary Taylor, Mike White.
Legends: Tony Daley, David Kelly, Andy Thompson
The tone was set early on when the home side started with some fluent play. Home midfielder Shane Wilkinson was particularly impressive pulling the strings in the centre of the park. And it was such good interplay that allowed the home side to create the first real chance; after good play by Mark Goodwin, he slotted the ball through for Roger Dale who had continued his run from midfield bringing a save from away goalkeeper Phil Brown. This would not be the last time the tall keeper would excel himself.
This time with legend David Kelly pulling the strings from left back, the Home side continued to dominate possession; with Francis Marsh making a good run down the right flank before cutting the ball inside for Kelly to lash home an impressive left footed sho to take the lead for the home team. A decisive blow was nearly struck soon after when again David Kelly broke forward to menacing effect before threading it through to home centre forward Ashley Dolan who goes down as the keeper comes out of goal. Despite protests from the home team, the referee would not give a penalty and the game played on.
While the home team had dominated possession in the early stages of the first half, individual players within the away team had looked threatening, including the attack minded right back Dan Hudson. But it was left to the playing legend Tony Daley to equalise with a fine solo effort. After a long weaving run which began in his own half, and which included beating the vast majority of the home side, Daley made it 1-1 through a deflected shot into the bottom right hand corner.
This revival was turned on its head when home left midfield Martin Wood broke up the play allowing for a great save by Phil Brown. However the impressive keeper could do nothing to prevent home midfielder Simon Fawell from scoring from the rebound to make it 2-1.
This heralded an end to end finish to the first half with the Away team chasing an equaliser and ulimtately leaving gaps for the Home side. A screaming shot wide for the home team by David Kelly was followed by a superb break by away centre half James Oldbury which was only brought to an end by excellent defending from Roger Dale.
HALF TIME: Wolves Home 2-1 Wolves Away
The second half began by following a pattern not dissimilar from the first half with good play from home striker Mark Goodwin resulting in a good chance for Paul Zacaroli. This was followed by speedy away full back Dan Hudson firing over from a chance fashioned by James Oldbury.
It was now that the home striker Ashley Dolan received the first of many chances. Firstly, while though on goal he came under pressure from Oldbury which had some members of the crowd shouting for a penalty. However, to his credit the home striker did not complain and got on with the game.
Then Hudson tested home goalkeeper David Pape first with a long range lobbed shot, and then with a drilled effort which required Pape to tip over the bar. This was followed by a passage of play that led to home forward Goodwin being clean through before being legally stopped in his tracks by the away side’s Phil Thorpe.
The strike partnership for the home side was then to combine to fashion another chance for Goodwin who shot weakly at the keeper. This was followed by a great ball by home midfielder Wilkinson which led to Ashley Dolan being brought down by the busy Oldbury causing the ref to point to the spot, However stepping up to take the penalty he won himself, Dolan saw his spot kick saved by the keeper.
This heralded some sustained pressure form the home side. First Ashley Dolan took a shot over the bar after a cutback, which is followed by a miss from a corner. Then arguably the move of the match started with Wilkinson who played a one two with Kelly and had two bites at beating keeper Brown; the first one saved the second one hitting the side netting. A couple of misses from Dolan weere then followed by another penalty in which Kelly was felled by Hudson on the left edge of the box. However it was missed again this time Wilkinson hitting the top right corner of the bar.
Things went from bad to worse for the home team when Kelly inadvertently tackled the ball into the path of away sub John Wheeler to equalise and make it 2-2. This was undoubtedly against the run of play and led to a desperate fight back form the home side which culminated in Ashley Dolan missing from a cross.
The ref then blew the full time whistle and a penalty shoot out awaited.
1- Away Flaherty scores top right hand corner (0-1)
Johnson scores for the home team and celebrates by putting shirt on camera (1-1)
2- Chambers the captain scores with a shot close to the keeper for away team. (1-2)
Feeham misses (1-2)
3- 9 Lewis away scores for away side (2-3)
Everiss home scores (2-3)
4- Oldbury away scores the winning penalty to win 4-2 on pens and is engulfed by his teammates.
Full-time Wolves Home 2 – Wolves Away 2 (2-4 penalties)
Man of the Match (Home) – Anthony Johnstone
Man of the Match (Away) – Phil Brown
Moment of the Match – Phil Brown
HOME TEAM - Pape, Dale, Kelly, Johnson, Feehan, Marsh, Fawell, Wood, Dolan, Wilkinson, Goodwin. SUBS Zacaroli , Everiss, Ghosh, Thompson.
AWAY TEAM – Brown, Hudson, Daley, Thorpe, Oldbury, Chambers, Hales, Homer, Lewis, Pevreall, Archer. SUBS Wheeler, Flaherty.
EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY AND DVD/FILMING DETAILS
There are a wide selection of fantastic action photos available from Matt Nuttall Photography for this match, please visit his www.mattnuttallphotography.co.uk website for full order details.
In addition there is a superb DVD available, it includes footage of the pre-match build up as well as full match action and can be ordered by contacting Shane Wilkinson on tel - 07976 509335, or by e-mail at - firstname.lastname@example.org