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17:25 13th November 2011

Owls reach round two

Sheffield Wednesday advanced into the second round of the FA Cup with goals from Chris Lines and Chris O'Grady enough to defeat League 2 side Morecambe on Sunday.

The hosts ensured there would be an exciting finish when Laurence Wilson converted a second half penalty to pull a goal back for Morecambe.

Victory for the Owls means a second round date against either Maidenhead United or Aldershot Town at Hillsborough.

There was a typical FA Cup feel to the tie with a bumper crowd inside the Globe Arena, making for a lively atmosphere.

The first chance to register an early strike fell to the visitors after five minutes when good work from O'Grady gave Lewis Buxton a sight at goal, but the full back fired wide of the target.

Momentum was certainly with Wednesday, who continued to boss the early exchanges of the first round clash, with some industrious play in Morecambe's final third.

And the breakthrough duly arrived on 18 minutes and in some style from Lines.

Morecambe v Owls

Superb link-up play between O'Grady and Lines on the edge of the area, gave the latter time to size up a strike at goal and the midfielder curled a delightful side-footer inside the far post.

Wednesday continued to ask the questions after taking the lead, with the home side rarely threatening Richard O'Donnell's goal.

The Owls were dominant in midfield as James O'Connor delivered a testing cross that flashed in front of goal - only just out of the reach of Gary Madine in the centre.

Garry Hunter's strike from distance five minutes before the interval forced O'Donnell into his first save of the half before O'Grady's attempted lob over Barry Roche fell the wrong side of the upright.

Trailing by one goal, Morecambe came out of the traps fast after the break and almost drew level when Wilson cut in from the right to launch a fierce effort that struck the top of the crossbar.

Wednesday had a penalty appeal waved away when Madine's header appeared to strike an arm in the area before O'Grady doubled the Owls' advantage on 53 minutes.

O'Connor floated a cross into the area and O'Grady rose the highest to power his header home from 12 yards to put the visitors two goals to the good.

But Morecambe were soon back in the contest when Lines was adjudged to have blocked Gary McDonald's cross with an arm inside the area and Wilson did the damage from the spot to halve the arrears.

That goal breathed new life into the hosts as McDonald volleyed on target, bringing a comfortable save from O'Donnell before O'Grady saw his near-post strike flash just wide of the target.

A driving run upfield by Lines gave the midfielder another opening from distance but the former Bristol Rovers man saw his low strike narrowly miss the target.

Morecambe could certainly sense a comeback on the cards and went within inches of grabbing an equaliser when substitute Lewis Alessandra's deflected shot flew the wrong side of O'Donnell left hand upright.

The home side thought they had levelled in the last minute when McDonald headed past O'Donnell after a fine save by the keeper from substitute Phil Jevons but the offside flag was raised to rule out the strike.

Despite the late pressure, Wednesday were not to be denied victory and stayed strong to advance into the next round, where Maidenhead or Aldershot await.

Morecambe: Roche, Fenton, Reid (Alessandra 80), Hunter (Jevons 59), Ellison, McCready, Drummond, McDonald, Wilson, Parrish (Haining 59), Carlton

Unused substitutes: Routhledge, Fleming, Charnock, Price

Wednesday: O'Donnell, Buxton, Batth, R Johnson, Bennett, O'Connor, Lines, Semedo, J Johnson (Sedgwick 70), Madine, O'Grady

Unused substitutes: Jameson, Reynolds, Prutton, Coke, Lowe, Morrison

    Data provided by Press Association


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