Goalfest! Benito Carbone dons Sheffield Wednesday colours again as JP McGovern scores beauty at Hillsborough

A number of Sheffield Wednesday legends turned out at Hillsborough for two very good causes in a seven-goal thriller against their Czech Republic counterparts.
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Carbone didn’t waste any time getting reacquainted at his old stomping ground, pulling out a rabona strike early doors that was saved by Zdenek Zlamal inside his six-yard box – it came moments after the tricky Italian had slid a delightful throughball through to JP McGovern, however that too was dealt with.

Ross Wallace, back in blue and white once again, was also in fine form as he sprayed passes across the field, and came close to opening the scoring when he pulled back that trusty left foot of his to force another save out of Zlamal.

Some lovely work from Patrik Jezek down the left saw him dink the ball up and over David Lucas, and it was easy pickings for David Lafata to head home from close range.

Sheffield Wednesday legends took on legends from the Czech Republic at Hillsborough on Saturday.Sheffield Wednesday legends took on legends from the Czech Republic at Hillsborough on Saturday.
Sheffield Wednesday legends took on legends from the Czech Republic at Hillsborough on Saturday.
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Wednesday had dominated proceedings and created all of the chances up until then, but found themselves behind at the break. Sounds a bit too familiar, doesn’t it?

The Owls suffered another blow when one of their five centre backs – and former captains – was forced off with an injury. Des Walker got a standing ovation as he hobbled from the field, not for the first time in his career.

It was good to see him going into crunching sliding tackles on the Hillsborough turf again, and the same can be said for both Lee Bullen and Miguel Llera – both of whom got stuck in as well.

Other former Wednesday captains, Glenn Loovens and Graham Coughlan, also played their part in the first half display.

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Things opened up in the second half… Co-organiser, Pudil, found space on the edge of the box to rifle home a second for the Czechs – right into the top corner – but their two-goal advantage didn’t last too long as JP McGovern pulled a cheeky chip right out of the top drawer to make it 2-1 not long afterwards.

Reda Johnson was enjoying being back out there on the Hillsborough turf again, getting the crowd going after a jokey altercation with Jakub Stafek, and David Lucas rolled back the years with a tremendous fingertip save to keep out Jan Koller’s header. Loovens – clearly still in good nick – switched from midfield to defence as the game went on.

The goals started rolling in as things drew to a close. A couple of little kids took the field and ended up grabbing a goal each in a busy period that also saw a man that wasn’t Jan Koller – but wearing Koller’s number nine shirt – score, and Bullen ended up between the sticks, reminiscent of that after away at Millwall.

Carbone finally got amongst the goals just before it came to an end, smashing home a penalty, but it was the Czechs who won the day 4-3 in the end. A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.

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