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Report: Wednesday 4-0 Cardiff

6 January 2024

Club News

Report: Wednesday 4-0 Cardiff

6 January 2024

An incredible first half of football laid the foundation for Wednesday ousting Cardiff from the Emirates FA Cup at Hillsborough.

The Owls roared into a 3-0 lead by the break, with strikes from Josh Windass, a Romaine Sawyers own goal and Liam Palmer.

But the main talking points were events at the other end as Cameron Dawson quite remarkably saved two penalties with barely seven minutes on the clock.

Ryan Wintle and Callum Robinson were each denied by Dawson and the latter’s teammates did the necessaries to ensure progress.

Mallik Wilks added a fourth goal in stoppage time to round off a memorable afternoon in S6.

The Owls could hardly have wished for a better start as Windass arrowed a fierce drive from distance past Jak Alnwick just two minutes in.

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But then came an extraordinary passage of play that saw back-to-back penalties awarded to the visitors.

First, Anthony Musaba was adjudged to have felled Andy Rinomhota and Wintle stepped up from 12 yards.

The Cardiff captain’s spot-kick was hit firmly but Dawson sprang to his left to save – a feat the keeper promptly repeated just three minutes later.

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Ihiekwe was the culprit this time, tripping Kion Etete in the area. The Bluebirds switched takers – with the same outcome.

Robinson went the same way as Wintle and so too did Dawson to parry and smother on his line.

The cup-tie briefly settled into normality after that unprecedented opening and Wednesday pressed, with Ashley Fletcher forcing a fine save from Alnwick.

The Cardiff custodian then kept out Pol Valentin with a super stop – but was promptly beaten twice more inside three minutes before half time.

On 38 minutes Sawyer inadvertently diverted a Windass corner into his own net to double the advantage, then Palmer all but put the tie to bed on 40 with a delicious angled drive from range that whistled past Alnwick.

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The second half was always going to struggle in terms of excitement and incident and so it proved.

Robinson, Ollie Tanner and Cian Ashford all had chances but it was one of those days in front of goal for Cardiff.

And to cap a cup clash to forget, the Bluebirds conceded a fourth goal right at the last as Mallik Wilks came off the bench to score.

The forward found space down the right, cut inside into the box and fired past the flat-footed Alnwick to help his side to round four.

Wednesday: Dawson, Valentin, Ihiekwe (Siqueira 82), Bernard, Famewo, Diaby (Shipston 61), Palmer, Gassama (James 61), Musaba (Wilks 46), Windass (Smith 73), Fletcher

 


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