Friday, August 30, 2013 is a day that will live long in the memory for Sheffield United youngster Jake Eyre.
With two minutes left of yesterday’s Steel City derby, the striker volleyed home after Jahmal Smith’s fierce drive had bravely been charged down by Taylor McKenzie. Eyre’s delight was etched all over his face as as he celebrated wildly with his United teammates in front of more than 600 spectators at Hillsborough.
He later posted on Twitter: “No better feeling than beating Wednesday 2-1 and scoring the winner.”
It was United, under the guidance of Chris Morgan, who broke the deadlock in the 13th minute as Smith capitalised on a defensive mix up before calmly slotting a shot past Cameron Dawson.
Moments later, the visitors nearly increased their advantage after clever play on the right hand flank from Jordan Hodder but Otis Khan fired his teasing centre over the top.
Sheffield Wednesday, who fielded two 16-year-old’s in left-back Brad Beatson and Frenchman Franck Betra made them pay for their profligacy when Andelko Savic, making his first appearance since arriving on a season long-loan deal from Sampdoria, slid in at the near post to turn in Rhys McCabe’s low cross.
Jasper Johns, a constant thorn in the Owls side, particularly in the first half, cut inside and unleashed a fierce left foot drive which flew inches over.
Eight minutes before the break, Smith fed Whitehouse on the edge of the area and his scuffed effort deflected invitingly into the path of Eyre, whose shot was superbly blocked by Cameron Dawson.
At the other end, Paul Corry released substitute Khali Lambin, whose delivery was glanced off target by Savic.
In a scrappy, cagey second period, Wato Kuate played a neat one-two with Paul Corry but Willis was equal to the task.
Following Eyre’s predatory strike, Wednesday rallied and McCabe’s half volley was brilliantly turned around the post by Willis. From Lambin’s resulting corner,
MJ Kedman cleared Johnny Fenwick’s header off the line.
*Owls: Dawson; Harvey, McKenzie, Fenwick, Beatson; Obileye (Lambin 24), Hinchliffe (Kuate 63), McCabe, Corry; Betra, Savic. Unused substitutes: Dieseruvwe, Wildsmith, Burke.
*Blades: Willis; Hodder, Banton, Evans, Kedman; Smith, Whitehouse, Dimaio (Whiteman 73), Johns (Coustrain 63); Eyre (Cockerline 89), Khan. Unused substitutes: Owen, Scarisbrick.