Writer: Kithson Bain
Date:Saturday December 18 2010
St James' Park
A stunning second half display from Exeter City saw them run out 5-1 winners against high-flying Sheffield Wednesday.
Jamie Cureton and Tommy Miller traded first half goals as the sides went into the break all square.
But Liam Sercombe`s spectacular long range volley sparked an avalanche of goals from the Grecians. Scott Golbourne`s low drive, Cureton`s placed finish and John O`flynn`s late effort completed the scoring on wintry afternoon in the West Country.
Coming off the back of some impressive results victory would have taken Wednesday top of League One but they were blown away by Paul Tisdale`s rampant Exeter City team who produced a breathtaking display of attacking football.
Volunteers had done a magnificent job throughout the morning clearing the overnight snow so the fixture could be honoured.
On a firm, tricky surface both sides found it hard to construct meaningful attacks in the early exchanges.
Clinton Morrison provided the game with it`s first meaningful shot, he neatly turned Billy Jones and flashed a low drive past Artur Krysiak`s right hand post.
City`s response was good, Harley`s shot from distance bounced awkwardly in front of Nicky Weaver who was forced to concede a corner. Sercombe found space on the edge of the box but screwed his effort wide as the home side settled into the game.
City were beginning to dominate proceedings and got their reward on the half hour, Wednesday`s clearance from a Harley corner was weak and from 15 yards Richard Duffy calmly squared the ball to Cureton who smashed the ball through a crowded penalty area to give city a 1-0 lead.
The joy was short lived though, from kick-off Wednesday earned a cheap corner from which Miller got to ahead of Krysiak, a desperate attempt to clear the ball off the line was in vein as the linesman adjudged the ball to have crossed the line.
The remainder of the first half saw City applying increasing amounts of pressure on their opponents, Harley stung the palms of weaver, Golbourne twice flashed in dangerous low crosses in and Matt Taylor went close with a header as City headed for the dressing room probably disappointed not to be leading.
With Wednesday`s impressive recent form and City`s reliable home record both sides set out with intent to take the game to their opponents in the second half, as the game become increasingly open something had to give.
That something turned out to be the experienced Wednesday defence. On 58 minutes A weak clearance went straight to Sercombe, he chested the dropping ball before unleashing a spectacular volley from 25 yards that left weaver with no chance as City's lead was restored.
Brimming with confidence City soon added a third on the hour mark. Wednesday were slow to react to the ball in the penalty area and Golbourne punished them by lashing home the loose ball, his fist goal for the club.
Even the introduction of top scorer Neil Mellor couldn`t inspire Wednesday as their attacks frequently came to premature ends with loose passes and sloppy misjudgements.
City dominance was emphasised further when a fourth goal arrived. Golbourne neatly collected Duffy`s raking cross field ball and he instantly threaded the ball through Wednesday beleaguered back-line for the on rushing Cureton who showed them a clean pair of heels before slotting home for his second of the afternoon.
This was the cue for many of the 800 that had travelled down from Yorkshire to take up the option of leaving early, those that did would have missed City`s firth of the afternoon.
Cureton`s perfectly weighted cross was neatly controlled by substitute O`flynn who then applied a crisp finish to another swift attacking move as the Grecians ran riot.
This is City`s biggest win of the season and after all other games in League One were postponed today the Grecians move up to ninth in the table, just reward for their terrific display.
City: Krysiak, Duffy, Taylor, B Jones, Sercombe, Noble (Dunne), Harley (Thomson), Logan (O`flynn), Cureton
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Date:Saturday December 18 2010
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