Report:FA Cup 5th Round Replay Hull v Sheff Utd
By Eye Of The Tiger
February 26 2009
Hull took on Sheffield United on Thursday night in a replay of their 5th round tie after the 1st tie ended 1-1. It was Hull who won the game beating the blades 2-1 . Many Blades Fans will feel the Naughton Own Goal never crossed the line and that they should've had a penalty but the decisions didnít go for them and its Hull who will now meet Arsenal or Burnley in the 6th round of the FA Cup.
Sheffield United had the 1st chance of the game,Greg Halford had a chance 4 minutes in with a header which he sent wide, Halford again proving to be a forward threat. Barmby had a chance for Hull 5 minutes in but his shot was way over as both teams looked evenly matched in the opening exchanges of the game. 9 minutes in Zayatte had a chance from a corner but he sent it wayward of the goal as both the goal scorers from the 1st tie had chances. Caleb Folan then had a chance from another Hull corner 12 minutes in but his header was over the top. Hull then began to pile on some pressure, Mendy screwing a shot well wide from just inside the edge of the box. Hull looked the most likely to score in the 1st 15 minutes.
Kyle Naughton Brought down Halmosi just outside the box and Hull won a free kick unfortunately his free kick was straight at the wall. Halmosi had an header 22 minutes in but he like others sent his header over. Hull kept the pressure on and got their reward on 23 minutes as Kyle Naughton headed the ball past his own keeper. Replays show that the whole ball probably didn’t cross the line but the goal stood and it was 1-0 to Hull. After the Goal Hull continued to press and were playing some great football just lacking that final pass.
30 minutes in Sheffield united had a rare sight at goal when Quinn had a shot which was easily saved by Myhill. Totally against the run of play Sheffield United got an equaliser as Lee Hendrie headed the ball back across the goal for Billy Sharp to prod the ball past Myhill, 1-1. 36 minutes in Mendy burst into the box and fired a shot at Kenny which the keeper put behind for a corner. After Sheffield United scored they grew in confidence and began to cause the Hull defence problems. The Hull defence began to look panicky. Sheffield United even had a claim for a penalty when Zayatte appeared to bring down Billy Sharp, however the Ref booked Sharp for a dive.
Two minutes were added on at the end of the 1st half and after the opening half an hour of full on Hull pressure it was Sheffield United who were looking more likely to get another goal. However the teams went into the half time interval level.
Half Time Hull 1-1 Sheffield United
It was an even start to the second half with both sides looking lively and having a few half chances. After the first 5 minutes however it seemed Hull again looked the most dangerous going forward without out creating any clear cut chances. Hull regained the lead 55 minutes in when Nick Barmby sent a cross into the box and Halmosi guided the ball left footed past Kenny. 2-1 to Hull. After the Goal Sheffield United looked lively again but it was Hull who nearly made it 3-1 on 60 minutes, Mendy just couldn’t keep his header down. The game became scrappy after the hour mark with nothing much in the way of chances. Sheffield United did have chance when Myhill fumble in the box the ball fell to Cotteril but he fired wide.
Hull still looked lively going forward. Nick Barmby sent the ball into the box but Paddy Kenny got in just ahead of Manucho to clear the danger. As the game entered the last 20 minutes Sheffield United looked for a way back into the game, Lee Hendrie firing in a shot which was deflected away for a corner. With 15 minutes remaining no side could really keep the ball moving and get that final pass in. End to end stuff but no chances were being created. 10 minutes remaining neither side looked like they would be scoring again and Hendrie summed that up when he sent a shot high and wide on 82 minutes. As you would expect from a team chasing the game Sheffield United pressed with 5 minutes remaining . The Hull defence looked nervy and with 4 minutes added time there was a while longer to hold out.
Hull gave away a corner in the 91st minute and up came Paddy Kenny, the ball found its way to Marney in the Hull box and Paddy Kenny had to rush back . Hull began to waste time to play out the game and a frustrated Sheffield United team gave away a few silly free kicks which didn’t help their cause . The game ended 2-1 to Hull and their go through to the Quarter Final and will now face Arsenal or Burnley.
Full Time Hull 2-1 Sheffield United
Hull: Myhill, Doyle, Turner, Zayatte, Ricketts, Mendy, France, Marney, Halmosi, Barmby (Garcia 73), Folan (Manucho 65).
Subs Not Used: Warner, Geovanni, Cousin, Featherstone, Gardner.
Goals: Naughton 24 og, Halmosi 56.
Sheff Utd: Kenny, Naughton, Morgan, Walker, Naysmith (Jihai 88), Cotterill, Howard, Stephen Quinn, Hendrie (Tahar 90), Halford, Sharp.
Subs Not Used: Bennett, Keith Quinn, Starosta.
Booked: Naughton, Sharp.
Goals: Sharp 32.
Ref: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire).
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