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13:52 7th November 2010

Owls ease past Southport

Sheffield Wednesday progressed into the second round of the FA Cup with a 5-2 win over Southport at Haig Avenue.

In what was a thoroughly entertaining cup clash, Gary Teale gave Wednesday a 1-0 lead going into the break at half time.

But the second half was full of incident and full of goals. The Blue Square Premier side equalised shortly into the second period through Paul Barratt. Neil Mellor restored Wednesday's advantage but Southport hit back again with a strike from substitute Matty McGinn.

But at 2-2; the Owls stunned a valiant Southport side with three quickfire goals with Clinton Morrison bagging a brace and Tommy Spurr wrapping up the cup victory from close range in front of nearly 1,300 travelling fans.

Owls boss Alan Irvine made six changes for the cup clash which saw Spurr and Jon Otsemobor line up in defence.

Tommy Miller was back for the Owls after missing Tuesday's derby against Huddersfield Town, while Teale, James O'Connor and Morrison also started for Wednesday.

The game was off to a good pace in front of the live TV cameras and it was Wednesday who were first to threaten in front of goal when Neil Mellor hit first time over the bar from Morrison's cushioned lay off.

The Owls were off the mark quickly though as Teale netted his first goal for Wednesday on 11 minutes.

Southport were temporarily down to ten with skipper Adam Flynn receiving treatment for a head injury when Morrison latched onto a long throw in the box and hooked the ball across the face of goal for Teale to finish at the far post.

Southport v Wednesday

The home side weren't deterred by that setback and looked for a quick response as Chris Simm found space in behind the Owls' backline but Spurr came in with a good challenge to send behind for a corner.

Wednesday went looking for a second goal against the Conference club and were keeping good possession of the ball. But the hosts were dangerous on the counter and Southport midfielder Paul Barratt came close when his volley flashed wide of Nicky Weaver's goal.

But moments later Southport had the woodwork to thank for keeping the score at 1-0.

A smart free kick from Teale found Giles Coke 20 yards from goal and the midfielder's first time side-footer rattled the crossbar and flew over the top for a goal kick.

Morrison and Mellor were combining well up front and the duo almost linked up with success before half time but Mellor's strike went inches over the bar.

As Southport were pressing for an equaliser before the break, Wednesday had a golden chance to go 2-0 up on the counter.

The home side were caught two-on-one at the back with Teale and Mellor racing forward but Mellor's eventual effort was dragged wide of the upright.

Southport v Wednesday

But with less than seven minutes gone after the break, Southport were level through Barratt who had threatened the Wednesday goal in the first half.

The midfielder got on the end of a punt forward and showed good skill to loop the ball over Weaver and into the net to send the home fans into a frenzy.

But the home side were level for a matter of minutes as Mellor restored the Owls' lead. Morrison's shot at goal from a long throw hit the post before Mellor slotted clamly into the net.

Southport then responded with a substitution that immediately paid off for the hosts. McGinn was on the pitch for a matter of second before thumping past Weaver from distance into the bottom corner.

Southport v Wednesday

It was turning into an FA Cup clash to remember at Haig Avenue but it was 2-2 for less than three minutes with Morrison on hand to put the Owls 3-2 ahead.

Southport gave possession away cheaply and Teale played a through ball into the path of Morrison who stayed calm to round the keeper and blast into the net.

Morrison then scored his second in as many minutes. Mellor raced down the right before squaring for O'Connor who deflected the ball in the direction of Morrison and the striker made no mistake with his connection and fired Wednesday into a 4-2 lead.

Spurr then made it 5-2 two minutes later as he blasted past Southport keeper Steve Dickinson from Teale's corner - in what was a remarkable six minutes at Haig Avenue that spawned four goals.

It might have been 6-2 when Paul Heffernan's header hit the underside of the crossbar and looked to have crossed the line but 5-2 was how the match finished with Wednesday in the hat for the second round.

Southport: Dickinson; Williams, Lever, Flynn, Davis; Barratt, Blakeman (T Gray 58), Lee (Powell 68), Moogan, Simm (McGinn 58); McNeil

Subs: Morley, S Gray, Daly, Fitzpatrick

Owls: Weaver, Otsemobor, Purse, Beevers, Spurr, Teale, O'Connor, Coke, Miller (Sedgwick 74) Morrison (Heffernan 77), Mellor (Tudgay 74)

Subs: Jameson, Buxton, Jones, Potter

    Data provided by Press Association


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