Owls too good for Southport

Southport's big day was ruined by ruthless finishing from Sheffield Wednesday, who won 5-2 in Sunday's FA Cup clash.

Last Updated: 07/11/10 at 18:05

Spurr (left): Put the icing on the cake for Owls

Spurr (left): Put the icing on the cake for Owls

The Blue Square Bet Premier side equalised twice shortly after the interval, but ultimately the Owls' superior class and fitness won the day.

It was a relatively quiet first half. Gary Teale bagged Wednesday's opener in the 11th minute as he latched onto Clinton Morrison's low cross across the six-yard box.

Giles Coke saw a curling effort strike the crossbar in the 35th minute, but the match lit up just after the break thanks to an amazing 12-minute spell which brought six goals.

Southport got their dream leveller in the 52nd minute when ex-Liverpool trainee Paul Barratt tucked home, but Neil Mellor put Wednesday back in front a minute later with a close-range finish. Southport sub Matty McGinn rifled in dramatically with his first kick to make it 2-2, but then Wednesday cut loose.

Morrison scored two quick goals inside three minutes - the first into the top corner from close in and the second a well-taken drive into the bottom corner - before defender Tommy Spurr tapped home to make it 5-2 in the 64th minute. Wednesday substitute Paul Heffernan almost made it six with five minutes to go, but his header struck the crossbar.

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