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Yesterdays: Owls edge past United after extra time

1 November 2016

On this day in November 2000, in front of a crowd of 32,283, Sheffield Wednesday edged past Steel City rivals Sheffield United in a memorable League Cup third round tie at Hillsborough.

Two goals from Efan Ekoku on his derby debut sent the Owls into the fourth round of the Worthington Cup after extra time.

The striker hit his first after nine minutes, converting with the slightest of touches from Owen Morrison’s curling free kick.

United responded before the break and the equaliser came on 33 minutes as Nick Montgomery’s low cross reached Michael Brown in the centre, who applied a straight forward finish.

In an enthralling cup-tie, Morrison went close to regaining the Owls’ advantage but saw his low drive from 12 yards saved by Simon Tracey onto the post.

Then Ekoku had a glorious opportunity to double his tally after the break when he guided a diving header wide of the target but the striker would have the final word.

The decisive moment came on 113 minutes when the Nigerian international made firm contact in the centre from another Morrison delivery, the downward header had too much purchase for Tracey and crept into the Kop net to clinch a place in the last 16 for the Owls.

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