vs. Sheffield Wednesday
All matches in 2004/05

Match Details

Sunday, 29th May 2005
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
2004/05 League Playoffs
Final
HARTLEPOOL UNITED(0)2
Williams 47', Daly 71' 
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY(1)4
McGovern 45', MacLean 82'(p), Whelan 94', Talbot 120' 
Attendance: 59808 (16428 Pools fans)
Ref: Phil Crossley (Kent)
GOAL: Drew Talbot (4-2) GOAL: Glenn Whelan (3-2) GOAL: Steve MacLean (2-2) 3 substitutions GOAL: Jon-Paul McGovern (1-0) Red card: Chris Westwood GOAL: Jon Daly (1-2) Substitution: Jon Daly for Joel Porter Substitution: Darren Craddock for Micky Barron GOAL: Eifion Williams (1-1) Substitution: Eifion Williams for Thomas Butler End of match Extra time, half time End of normal time 75 min 60 min Half time 30 min 15 min Kick-off GOAL: Drew Talbot (4-2) GOAL: Glenn Whelan (3-2) GOAL: Steve MacLean (2-2) 3 substitutions GOAL: Jon-Paul McGovern (1-0) Red card: Chris Westwood GOAL: Jon Daly (1-2) Substitution: Jon Daly for Joel Porter Substitution: Darren Craddock for Micky Barron GOAL: Eifion Williams (1-1) Substitution: Eifion Williams for Thomas Butler End of match Extra time, half time End of normal time 75 min 60 min Half time 30 min 15 min Kick-off

Match Report

As playoff fever hit Hartlepool an unprecedented number of supporters descended on South Wales to watch Pools take on Sheffield Wednesday in the League One playoff final. At the point that tickets went off sale to Pools supporters an impressive 16,428 had been sold. Against a club of Wednesday`s stature, Pools were always going to be heavily outnumbered, but the town had still done the team proud. The day itself was a celebration as the Pools fans massed on the streets of Cardiff in party mood. Once kickoff approached, tension started to mount and it was always going to be impossible for the supporters to treat it as `just another game`. It could only be hoped that the players were not overawed by the occasion.

Player of the Season Joel Porter made a welcome return from injury and resumed his partnership with 29-goal Adam Boyd at the expense of Jon Daly. In the only other change, Martin Scott handed Thomas Butler his first start in five games with Eifion Williams dropping to the bench.

Wednesday settled quicker and had much the better of the opening exchanges. Lee Peacock, Chris Brunt and Craig Rocastle all missed the target when well placed while Brunt had another effort that was well saved by Dimi Konstantopoulos. Pools were dealt a blow after half an hour when Butler, who had looked lively before being injured in a collision with Glenn Whelan, was unable to continue. As the half went on, Pools started to enjoy some better possession. Porter`s lob was a little too high while Boyd`s first time snapshot from 10 yards missed the target. Then Peacock missed a great chance to give the Owls the lead when he blasted over after creating an opportunity for himself. In stoppage time at the end of the half, Wednesday broke the deadlock. Rocastle was given too much space at the edge of the area and, after a neat one-two with James Quinn he hit a low ball across the six yard box that was converted by Jon-Paul MCGOVERN. It was a blow for Pools so close to the break but it was just reward for Wednesday`s first half performance.

Pools came out for the second half looking fresh and strong and were level within two minutes. A long throw from the left wing was met by the head of Lee Bullen but the defender couldn`t direct his header away from goal and the ball was blasted home by WILLIAMS at the far post. Pools took heart from the equaliser and began to dominate possession. Matty Robson and Antony Sweeney both shot wide when they might have showed a little more composure. Wednesday hit back with Brunt and McGovern both coming close to restoring their side`s lead. With twenty minutes remaining a limping Porter was replaced by Jon Daly and the Dubliner could hardly have made a more dramatic entrance. Pools won a free kick near the right corner flag. Strachan floated the ball into the middle where DALY rose unchallenged to power a header past David Lucas.

Wednesday attacked for much of the remainder of the game but their attacks lacked the fluency that had marked their earlier play. With time running out their attacks became more panicked, with crosses into the box being easily dealt with by Micky Nelson and Chris Westwood. Owls boss Paul Sturrock, in a desperate move to bring his side back into the game, made a triple substitution and it was two of those replacements who turned the game in Wednesday`s favour. With nine minutes remaining young striker Drew Talbot went down in the area under minimal pressure from Westwood. The referee awarded what looked like a soft penalty and, to the disbelief of the Pools defenders, dism

Teams

HARTLEPOOL UNITED
Manager: Martin Scott
             
120100001201-1 flag flag00821Dimi Konstantopoulos
12020000611-1 flag flag0012Micky Barron-61
120300001201-1 flag flag00118Matty Robson
12040100811-1 flag flag0016Chris Westwood-81
120500001201-1 flag flag0015Michael Nelson
120600001201-1 flag flag00211Gavin Strachan
120700001201-1 flag flag00115Antony Sweeney
120800001201-1 flag flag0018Ritchie Humphreys
12090000701-1 flag flag00614Joel Porter-70
1201000001201-1 flag flag00110Adam Boyd
120110000311-1 flag flag00432Thomas Butler-31
12012000611201-1 flag flag00122Darren Craddock+61
12013000000-1 flag flag0014Mark Tinkler
12014100311201-1 flag flag0039Eifion Williams+31
12015100701201-1 flag flag00416Jon Daly+70
12016000000-1 flag flag0011Jim Provett
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY
Manager: Not known
             
120100001201-1 flag flag0011David Lucas
120200001201-1 flag flag0022Lee Bullen
120300001201-1 flag flag0013Paul Heckingbottom
120400001201-1 flag flag0014Richard Wood
12050000771-1 flag flag0045Alex Bruce-77
120610001201-1 flag flag0046Glenn Whelan
120710001201-1 flag flag0027Jon-Paul McGovern
120800001201-1 flag flag0018Craig Rocastle
12090000771-1 flag flag0029Lee Peacock-77
120100000771-1 flag flag00510James Quinn-77
1201100001201-1 flag flag00511Chris Brunt
12012100771201-1 flag flag00212Steve MacLean+77
12013100771201-1 flag flag00113Drew Talbot+77
12014000771201-1 flag flag00114Patrick Collins+77
1201500001200-1 flag flag00115Steve Adams
1201600001200-1 flag flag00116Chris Adamson
  AgeThis CompAll Comps
GamesGoalsGamesGoals
1030370     1  flag flag00821Dimi Konstantopoulos26y 181d00
201103226     1  flag flag0012Micky Barron30y 158d04
30305112     1  flag flag00118Matty Robson20y 126d04
401102867     1  flag flag0016Chris Westwood28y 105d09
50501013     1  flag flag0015Michael Nelson25y 62d04
60306911     1  flag flag00211Gavin Strachan26y 157d07
7050707     1  flag flag00115Antony Sweeney21y 266d117
80702095     1  flag flag0018Ritchie Humphreys27y 180d023
90326716     1  flag flag00614Joel Porter26y 155d121
100609552     1  flag flag00110Adam Boyd23y 4d256
1101165     1  flag flag00432Thomas Butler24y 57d01
12001197     1  flag flag00122Darren Craddock20y 95d00
1416113817     1  flag flag0039Eifion Williams29y 195d
1512169     1  flag flag00416Jon Daly22y 141d
Average age of starting eleven = 25y 165d