03.04.1993 - Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Blades
Report of match 3rd April 1993
Sheffield Wednesday defeated Sheffield United in extra-time in the only Steel City Derby to have taken place at the semi-final stage to date of the FA Cup in this crunch match in 1993.
The game required an extra-time headed goal from Mark Bright to send the Owls to the FA Cup Final to face eventual winners Arsenal in what was described as a 'one sided affair.' The Blue and White half of the city took the lead as early as the first minute when a curling Chris Waddle free-kick beat an out stretched Alan Kelly in the United goal.
It gave the Wednesday a dream start to what was going to be a tense all city affair but were made to re-think tactics when on the stroke of half-time Alan Cork (44) was set free one on one with only England stopper Chris Woods to beat; he delicately nut megged the keeper as the ball trickled into the goal.
The winning goal came 107 minutes when John Harkes corner saw Mark Bright rised the highest to steer his header into the goal.
This entertaining game which saw United defeated started just 30 seconds into the game when Bright won a free-kick 30 yards from goal, with Waddle curling his effort inside Kelly's left hand-post. They came close to doubling their lead with Paul Warhurst twice hitting the post before Alan Cork produced a sucker punch with Waddle tearing back unable to prevent a Blades goal; 1-1.
The winning goal came i the early minutes of the second half in extra-time to set up a final with North Londonders Arsenal who themselves would require extra-time to complete a 2-1 victory in the final.
There wouldn't be another all double city semi-finals until 2012 when Liverpool met Everton and Chelsea faced Tottenham Hotspur - both at Wembley.
:: Teams ::
|Sheffield United||1-2 (aet)||Sheffield Wednesday|
|Littlejohn (8 -95 mins)||Sub||Hirst (9 - 61 min)|
|Hoyland (11 - 90 min)||Sub||Hyde (11 - 110 min)|