HOT TEMPERED Gary Madine was sent off as Owls slipped to a 3-2 midweek defeat at Carlisle United tonight.
It was a sickener for Wednesday after doing well in the early stages.
The Owls had the lion’s share of first half possession in League One’s Cumbrian stronghold.
And they went ahead when 20-year-old winger Ben Marshall scored 10 minutes before half time.
He shot home sweet and true from just outside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal to thrill the travelling fans who had made the difficult journey north.
Lee Miller, top scorer for Carlisle, beat Stephen Bywater to bring the game level on 50 minutes.
And then Scottish striker Rory Loy put the home side ahead six minutes later.
Gary Madine was then given a yellow card for dissent.
Wednesday made changes: Jermaine Johnson came on in place of James O’Connor and Chris O’Grady was replaced by Ryan Lowe.
But Liam Noble put Carlisle 3-1 ahead on 64 minutes.
Loy continued to cause problems for Gary Megson’s defenders,he almost converted a chance to put Carlisle further ahead.
But worse was to come when Madine saw red for a bad tackle. That made a disappointing night even worse for the Owls fans.
And while centre half Rob Jones notched with two minutes to go, it ended 3-2 for Carlisle.
Carlisle: Collin, Livesey, Murphy, Tavernier, Michalik, McGovern, Taiwo, Noble, Berrett, Loy, Miller. Subs: Gillespie, O’Halloran, Helan, Zoko, Curran.
Sheffield Wednesday: Bywater, Buxton, Bennett, Batth, R Jones, Semedo, Lines, O’Connor, O’Grady, Marshall, Madine. Subs: O’Donnell, Prutton, Johnson, Palmer, Lowe.
Ref: Paul Tierney
Read Paul Thompson’s report in The Star tomorrow, October 26 2011.