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Report | Peterborough 4-0 Wednesday

12 May 2023

Match Reports

Report | Peterborough 4-0 Wednesday

12 May 2023

Wednesday have the proverbial mountain to climb at Hillsborough following a 4-0 defeat at Peterborough in the first leg of the play-off semi-finals.

In a game where everything went right for Posh, only the reverse was true for the Owls, and it will take an unprecedented second leg revival to keep the tie alive.

The hosts were 2-0 up at half time through Jack Taylor and a deflected Joe Ward hit and scored two more in the second period as Kwame Poku and Jonson Clarke-Harris all but put the semi-final to bed.

Wednesday had two shots cleared off the line and were denied a fair shout for a penalty but ultimately, Posh deservedly took the plaudits on the night.

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After a typically cagey opening, Michael Smith picked the pocket of Oliver Norburn and advanced towards Will Norris only to see the keeper come out on top with a smart save.

Then, from their first threat of note, Posh burst into the lead on 20 minutes. Wednesday struggled to clear their lines from a corner and Taylor’s speculative shot from just inside the box made its way past Cameron Dawson.

The Owls swiftly regrouped and pressed for an equaliser that almost came when a fierce Callum Paterson volley inadvertently whistled into the frame of the loitering Josh Windass.

And if Wednesday thought luck was against them, there was worse to come on 36 minutes.

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A loose ball was picked up by Ward 25 yards out on the angle and his vicious drive deflected off Marvin Johnson, looping high over Dawson and in via the underside of the crossbar.

Back came the Owls once more and Norris got the better of Windass after the striker broke free down the left of the area.

That was as good as it got for Wednesday in a first half to forget but the pain continued just four minutes into the second.

Ephron Mason-Clark found space down the left channel on the counter and looked up to pick out Poku at the far post, whose firm diving header gave Dawson no chance.

Leading scorer Clarke-Harris brushed the roof of the net before a remarkable passage of play that summed up Wednesday’s evening.

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Johnson crashed in a shot from 12 yards that was heading into the back of the net but the ball appeared to cannon off the arm of Ronnie Edwards.

The referee waved away the appeals and as the Owls continued to press, twice they went mightily close to offering a glimmer of hope.

Michael Ihiekwe was at the heart – his first effort, a low shot, was diverted by Frankie Kent, then Taylor hoofed the defender’s header to safety moments later.

And then came the final blow with eight minutes to go. Dawson made a superb save to keep out Taylor but the latter took the rebound and stood a clever ball up for Clarke-Harris, who rounded off a night to remember for Peterborough with a firm close range header.

Wednesday: Dawson, Palmer, Iorfa, Flint, Ihiekwe (James 86), Johnson, Vaulks, Bannan, Paterson (Gregory 59) Windass, Smith (Adeniran 62)


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