Sunday April 17, 2011 Semifinal Finished Wembley

Bolton Wanderers 0 - 5 Stoke City

  • Etherington 11’
  • Huth 17’
  • Jones 30’
  • Walters 68’, 81’

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  1. Stoke rout Bolton to reach FA Cup final

    Stoke rout Bolton to reach FA Cup final

    Stoke City stormed into their first FA Cup final, routing Bolton Wanderers 5-0 at Wembley. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Bolton Wanderers
    • Stoke City
    • 90+3' FULL TIME! STOKE ARE HEADING INTO THE FA CUP FINAL! The Potters become the 43rd club to reach the showpiece of the world's oldest football competition, and the celebrations can begin for the red and white half of the stadium! Thanks for joining us
    • 90+1' Wembley has descended into a cauldron of whistles as the Stoke fans demand full time! The corner is whipped in for Stoke, and headed clear
    • 90' It doesn't look likely at the moment! Fuller is sent clear on the left, and he eventually wins a corner with a deflected cross. Bolton's defenders have just about given up!
    • 89' There will be three minutes of stoppages, time for Bolton to grab a late consolation perhaps?
    • 88' The Stoke winger gets a standing ovation from the half-full stadium, and he's also been voted the man-of-the-match. Dazzling performance from Matthew Etherington
    • 87' STOKE SUB: Matthew Etherington off, Danny Pugh on
    • 86' Cahill catches Fuller from behind with a desperate, outstretched boot, and concedes a free kick. The defender goes into the referee's book too, for good measure
    • 85' There's more pushing and shoving going on in Stoke's penalty area for a corner, and Howard Webb gives a Stoke free kick
    • 84' STOKE SUB: Kenwyne Jones off, Ricardo Fuller on
    • 83' Kenwyne Jones goes down in a heap for Stoke, clutching his hamstring. He's about to go off, with Ricardo Fuller readying himself on the sidelines
    • 81' This is the second-most one-sided semi-final in FA Cup history! You have to go all the way back to 1908 for Newcastle's 6-0 humbling of Fulham, which goes some way to illustrating how incredible a result this result is going to be for Stoke
    • 80' GOOOAL! STOKE SCORE A FIFTH! Jones is sent clear on the right wing, and he sends a dangerous low ball square. It finds Walters at the back stick, and the journeyman fires home for his second and Stoke's fifth!
    • 79' Pennant goes off then, and there's some concern for the winger on the Stoke bench. Bolton continue to struggle on the pitch, however, and they're creating absolutely nothing at the moment
    • 78' STOKE SUB: Jermaine Pennant off, Dean Whitehead on
    • 76' Pennant remains on the ground, but it doesn't look too seriously. A sore one, for the former Liverpool winger
    • 75' Pennant turns cleverly on the ball in the middle of the pitch, and Robinson absolutely scythes him down from behind. Terrible tackle, and very deliberate. Yellow card for the Bolton defender, and Pennant stays down
    • 74' That's the final roll of the dice for Owen Coyle, whose side have 15 minutes left to stage what would be one of the most stunning comebacks in FA Cup history
    • 73' BOLTON SUB: Fabrice Muamba off, Rodrigo Moreno on
    • 72' The corner is swept into the box... and headed clear. Bolton prepare their final change...
    • 71' Knight pings a high ball into the box for Taylor, who chests down well before VOLLEYING ON THE TURN! PARRIED WIDE OF THE NEAR POST BY SORENSEN! Cracking effort, decent save. Bolton have a corner...
    • 70' Bolton with a free kick, 22 yards out. Taylor to take it... and he slams it into the Stoke wall
    • 69' The Bolton fans are heading for the exits in their droves now, with 20 minutes left to play! None of their players have performed to anywhere near their full capabilities today
    • 68' GOOOOAL! HE BEAT HIM THAT TIME THOUGH! 4-0 STOKE! Walters picks the ball up deep for Stoke, and carries the ball towards the edge of the box under little pressure from the chasing Mark Davies. Cahill backs off and off, so Walters cuts onto his right foot and pings the ball into the bottom-right corner from 20 yards!
    • 67' This could be five or six for Stoke, and Walters really should have done better with that effort. He only had the keeper to beat!
    • 66' The ball only goes as far as a red and white shirt, as Bolton's defensive line falls apart! The ball is fed through to an unmarked Walters in the box, WHO SHOOTS! SAVED BY JAASKELAINEN!
    • 65' The winger goes off for more treatment, and the free kick is whipped into the box... headed clear by Knight!
    • 64' Etherington is still down, and looks to be in a bit of trouble here...
    • 63' Etherington receives the ball with a lovely touch on the left wing, and Mark Davies catches him from behind to concede another free kick deep in Bolton's half
    • 62' Delap flings another throw into the Bolton box, but Walters slips as he tries to gather the ball
    • 61' Bolton still look so sloppy, with Robinson particularly culpable in possession
    • 60' Etherington races onto the ball towards the edge of the Bolton box after more poor defensive play from Robinson. He dinks a ball into the box, that Jaaskelainen spills! The ball falls to Walters, who lays it off to Jones, WHO SHOOTS! BLOCKED CLEAR OF THE GOAL BY KNIGHT!
    • 58' The corner is swung in... and headed clear. It's lifted back in to Walters, though, who dinks a cross to JONES! HEADED STRAIGHT AT JAASKELAINEN! Best chance of the half, and it's gone to Stoke
    • 57' Etherington beats Lee wide left, and reaches the byline. The winger gets back to challenge Etherington, and wins a corner
    • 56' The ball goes all the way through to the other sideline, where Etherington scythes into a late challenge. Free kick Bolton
    • 55' Pennant receives the ball wide right, and absolutely skins Matty Taylor before drifting the ball too far over the back post
    • 54' The ball is hoofed up the left wing for Jones to chase, and the striker is in a foot race with Cahill! Jones doesn't seem to know what to do with the ball, however, and his limp cross towards an empty space is easily cleared
    • 53' Elmander finds Chung-Yong Lee with a clever backheel wide right, but the winger's cross is blocked. Stoke can break here!
    • 52' It's hoofed forwards towards Davies, and again Huth and Shawcross deal with it. They're having no problems whatsoever with the high ball, but Bolton continue to persist with it!
    • 51' There's a lot more empty seats in the white half of the stadium, by the way, as a long ball forwards towards Jones sails straight out for a goal kick
    • 50' This is still too easy for Stoke, with Bolton continuing to stuggle for ideas in possession despite their changes. Owen Coyle is off his seat, and giving his players some polite instructions (ahem)
    • 49' Etherington charges off down the left flank, but he's squeezed off the ball by two white shirts and Cahill emerges with the ball
    • 48' Delap pings a typical bullet-throw into the Bolton box early on, and Jaaskelainen only just gets there ahead of Shawcross! The keeper's not happy, but the ball is clear
    • 47' STAT: '3 - Only three teams in the history of the FA Cup have scored three goals in a semi-final match and lost, Liverpool, Fulham & Everton. Rare.' (Opta)
    • 46' Welcome back for the second half! Owen Coyle makes a couple of necassary changes, then, with the disppointing Klasnic amongst the casualties. Mark Davies will presumably go into the midfield, with Elmander moving up top
    • 46' BOLTON SUBS: Ivan Klasnic and Martin Petrov off, Matt Taylor and Mark Davies on
    • - What did you think of the first 45 minutes of this FA Cup semi-final? Leave your comments below... We'll be back in a few moments for the second half!
    • 45+1' HALF TIME! Sorensen leaps to catch a high ball forwards from Bolton, and the referee blows his whistle to bring and end to the half! The red half of the stadium roars at the referee's whistle, the white half has to make do with disgruntled silence
    • 45' We'll have one minute's stoppage time in this half, and what a half it's been for Stoke! Never in Tony Pulis's wildest dreams would he have envisaged such a one-sided 45 minutes to an FA Cup semi-final, and Owen Coyle has his work cut out for him at half time!
    • 44' Stoke try to attack along the right, now, but Andy Wilkinson concedes a sloppy foul on Petrov to bring an end to the move
    • 43' Stoke look to break along the left wing, but Etherington loses control of the ball and it's out for a throw
    • 42' Davies tries to swing a ball in from the right for Bolton, but Shawcross is there to clear
    • 41' A terrifici ball is swept into the box for Whelan to chase, and the Stoke man rises highest to head across goal! Cahill is there for Bolton, though, and heads clear
    • 40' Klasnic - who has had an afternoon to forget so fay today - launches into a late challenge on Glenn Whelan just inside Bolton's half, and concedes a free kick
    • 38' Elmander finds Steinsson on the right, whose cross is deflected out for a throw deep in Stoke's half. Bolton will desperately want to get a goal back in this half, to give them any chance of getting back into this match
    • 37' Pennant whips a ball towards Jones at the far post. Jones reaches it, but just can't get over the ball! It loops up into the air, and doesn't even come close to testing Jaaskelainen
    • 36' Twelve years ago, Stoke manager Tony Pulis was in charge of Gillingham in the Division Two play-off final against Manchester City at Wembley. The Gills led 2-0 with two minutes left but conceded two goals and eventually lost on penalties. Can Bolton complete an even more unlikely comeback against Pulis's side today?
    • 35' FACT! Bolton Wanderers played in the first ever FA Cup match at Wembley Stadium, the famous 'White Horse' FA Cup final in 1923.
    • 34' Steinsson with the ball on the right for Bolton. He passes inside to Knight, as Bolton play keep-ball at the back
    • 33' Walters finds Etherington wide left, and almost receives the ball back inside the box but Knight nicks in to hack it clear Only as far as Pennant though, who plays right to Jones who SHOOTS! Dragged just wide of the left post
    • 32' That's three shots from Stoke, and three goals. Absolutely stunning! And there's Bolton fans heading for the exits already with little over half an hour played!
    • 31' GOOOOAL! KENWYNE JONES MAKES IT THREE FOR STOKE! Pennant robs Petrov on the Stoke left inside his own half, and charges towards the Bolton penalty area. He slips a perfect ball through the defence for Jones at the far stick, who takes a touch and sends a calm shot inside the right post!
    • 30' Walters almost gets in ahead of Jaaskelainen, but the Finn moves off his line rapidly to smother the ball
    • 30' The corner is lofted in... and again Stoke head clear. They're well set up to counter at the moment, and the ball is immediately fired up towards Jonathan Walters at the other end!
    • 29' The ball is immediately hoofed back upfield by Bolton, and this time Davies wins a nailed-on corner from the frantically back-tracking Huth
    • 28' Klasnic finds Robinson overlapping on the left wing, and Shawcross comes across with a sliding challenge. The ball goes out over the dead ball line, and Howard Webb gives a goal kick! Strange decision from the Yorkshireman
    • 27' Steinsson reads a through-ball well to intercept ahead of Etherington, who has switched to the left wing and is lurking dangerously
    • 26' The corner is swept into the box... and headed clear. Stoke's defence looks typically organised, early on
    • 25' The ball is lofted into the Stoke box from the free kick... and headed behind for a corner by Jones. There's still far too much pushing and shoving in the penalty area at the moment, and Howard Webb gets involved to try and calm things down
    • 24' Muamba and Huth go in for a 50-50 35 yards from the Stoke goal, and the German scythes through the Bolton midfielder with his studs up. Free kick Bolton, and he's very, very lucky to get away without a card for that!
    • 23' Sorensen boots the ball long upfield, where Jones fails to bring it under control under pressure from Robinson. Bolton with another throw, deep on the right wing
    • 22' Bolton win a series of throws on the left wing, but fail to make them count. The ball is eventually switched right towards Davies, who is penalised for a shove on Huth
    • 21' Botlon are looking a bit shell-shocked here. They've been sloppy in possession early on, and I don't think they can quite believe that they're already two goals down!
    • 20' It's getting a little bit scrappy now, as the ball cannons off Jermaine Pennant on the right wing for a Bolton throw
    • 19' Etherington goes on a mazey run from the halfway line to the edge of the box, before clipping a lovely ball to the back stick with his left. Robinson deals with it well, though, chesting the ball to Jaaskelainen who holds onto it
    • 18' Jaaskelainen really should have done better with that shot - it was close enough for the keeper to save but he was far too slow getting across
    • 17' GOOOOAL! HUTH MAKES IT TWO FOR STOKE! A long throw from Delap is headed clear by Cahill, but only as far as Huth. The German hits the ball first time towards Jaaskelainen's left-hand post, and the veteran keeper can't claw the ball clear! 2-0 Stoke!
    • 16' Etherington was 16/1 to score the opening goal at Wembley today, and I'd imagine there's a good few Stoke fans with slightly heavier wallets after watching their talismanic winger give them the lead here. The ball is swept in from the right for Stoke, but headed clear by Elmander
    • 15' Steinsson with the ball on the left. He plays back to Knight, whose hoofed ball along the right flank is headed clear for a Bolton throw
    • 14' FACT! Stoke City have won on all three previous visits to Wembley Stadium – 2-1 v Chelsea (1972 League Cup Final), 1-0 v Stockport County (1992 Autoglass Trophy Final) and 2-1 v Bristol City (2000 Auto Windscreens Shield Final).
    • 13' Stoke play the ball across their back four, enjoying their new-found one-goal cushion
    • 12' That's a stunning start for Stoke, who have never played in an FA Cup final! Bolton could have had a penalty already, and have looked the more settled team early on, but Stoke have stolen a march on them here
    • 11' GOOOOAL! STOKE CITY TAKE THE LEAD IN THE FA CUP SEMI-FINAL! And it's an absolute cracker from Matthew Etherington! The nippy winger cuts inside from the right after a poor defensive clearance from Paul Robinson, and rifles a pin-point left-foot shot inside Jaaskelainen's left-hand post from 20 yards!
    • 10' Sorenson hoofs the ball forwards towards Jones, and Zat Knight mis-times his leap! The Bolton defender completely misses the ball, before Jones takes the ball down with his chest and SHOOTS ON THE TURN! Wildly over the crossbar
    • 9' Bolton looking very sharp early on, and Johan Elmander receives the ball deep, and in space. The Swede takes a touch towards goal, and SHOOTS FROM RANGE! Held by Sorensen, but that's a decent effort from Elmander!
    • 8' Replays show some outrageous pushing and shoving going on in the Stoke box under that corner, and Robert Huth was particularly lucky to get away with a shove to the face of Davies!
    • 7' There's a gigantic tustle between both huge sets of men in the box, and the ball eludes Davies. It falls to Gary Cahill on the edge of the box, though, who SHOOTS FIRST TIME! JUST OVER THE BAR! Fizzing effort from the defender - rising a yard or so over the crossbar
    • 6' The corner is lifted into the box from the left, and headed behind for another corner!
    • 5' Gretar Steinsson lifts a ball into the box for Davies to collect, and the Bolton captain holds the ball up with his back to goal. He passes back to Martin Petrov, who wins a corner with a deflected shot!
    • 4' Swung in by Etherington... and headed clear by Muamba
    • 3' It's taken early by Matthew Etherington along the left flank, and Jonathan Walters forces a decent dive at the near post from the onrushing Jaaskelainen! Stoke corner
    • 2' Fabrice Muamba heaves into a late challange on Kenwyne Jones inside the Bolton half, and concedes a cheap free kick
    • 1' The crowd roars as the referee whistles, and we're up and running at Wembley! Bolton in white, playing from left to right, and Stoke in red and white stripes
    • 15:59 This is referee Howard Webb's fourth FA Cup semi-final, and he's moments away from blowing his whistle to get us underway! Jussi Jaaskelainen makes his way back to the Bolton goal, on this is 504th appearance to take him above Natt Lofthouse with the eighth-most appearances for the club
    • 15:58 Ashley comments: "C'mon you whites, This is for lofty"
    • 15:58 Roby comments: "Good luck Bolton Owen coyle deserves this. From a­ west ham fan"
    • 15:58 WARREN comments: "without sturridge stoke have every chance c'mon you­ potters"
    • 15:58 Gloria comments: "Good luck Stoke you are the best we all love you here­ in france aswell."
    • 15:57 Kevin Davies and Ryan Shawcross lead their men onto the pitch, and the already electric atmosphere goes up another couple of notches!
    • 15:55 Five minutes to go until kick-off, and the atmosphere in Wembley is absolutely tremendous! Both sets of fans are contributing to a deafening noise inside the home of English football, and there's scarcely an empty seat as both sets of fans savour their first trip to the new Wembley Stadium
    • 15:50 FACT! Stoke City hold the record of most semifinals without reaching the final.
    • 15:50 FACT! Stoke's only FA Cup success against Bolton Wanderers was back in 1928, when they won 4-2 in a fourth round tie.
    • 15:50 FACT! Bolton Wanderers played in one of the last two FA Cup semifinals at the old Wembley Stadium on April 2, 2000. They lost 4-1 on penalties to Aston Villa after a goalless draw. Goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen is the only survivor from that match who will play this weekend.
    • 15:50 FACT! This is the fifth season in which Bolton Wanderers and Stoke City have met in the FA Cup. Bolton have knocked Stoke out on the last three occasions, the last of which was over 37 years ago.
    • 15:45 While Bolton booked their place in the final-four with a tremendous 3-2 victory over Birmingham at St. Andrews.
    • 15:45 Stoke City earned their place in today's semi-final with a bruising 2-1 victory over West Ham.
    • 15:40 Owen Coyle on today's team selection: "Ivan Kalsnic is a quality player, and a terrific finisher... It's a very positive line-up full of attacking flair"
    • 15:35 The referee this afternoon is South Yorkshire's own Howard Webb.
    • 15:30 There's plenty of Bolton fans at Wembley hoping for a Trotters win today, but few will have sacrificed quite as much as Ian Wagstaff. The Australian packed his job in specifically to travel half way around the world today and watch this semi-final! Man quits job to watch Bolton.
    • 15:25 So Ivan Klasnic has been given the nod by Owen Coyle to start for Bolton- coming in to replace Daniel Sturridge, who is ineligible today. Midfielder Mark Davies is back in the squad following an ankle problem, but is only deemed fit for the bench. For Stoke, Thomas Sorensen is named again in goal ahead of Asmir Begovic, with John Carew returning to the bench after a four-match absence.
    • 15:20 STOKE: Sorensen, Wilkinson, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson, Pennant, Delap, Whelan, Etherington, Walters, Jones. Subs: Nash, Fuller, Pugh, Diao, Whitehead, Carew, Faye
    • 15:20 BOLTON: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Knight, Cahill, Robinson, Elmander, Muamba, Lee, Petrov, Klasnic, Kevin Davies. Subs: Bogdan, Taylor, Mark Davies, Moreno, Cohen, Alonso, Wheater
    • 15:15 Good afternoon and welcome to our LIVE text coverage of the second FA Cup semi-final! Bolton take on Stoke at 4pm (UK time) for the right to face Manchester City in the final of the oldest football competition in the world.
  • Summary

    • 80' GOOOAL! STOKE SCORE A FIFTH! Jones is sent clear on the right wing, and he sends a dangerous low ball square. It finds Walters at the back stick, and the journeyman fires home for his second and Stoke's fifth!
    • 71' Knight pings a high ball into the box for Taylor, who chests down well before VOLLEYING ON THE TURN! PARRIED WIDE OF THE NEAR POST BY SORENSEN! Cracking effort, decent save. Bolton have a corner...
    • 68' GOOOOAL! HE BEAT HIM THAT TIME THOUGH! 4-0 STOKE! Walters picks the ball up deep for Stoke, and carries the ball towards the edge of the box under little pressure from the chasing Mark Davies. Cahill backs off and off, so Walters cuts onto his right foot and pings the ball into the bottom-right corner from 20 yards!
    • 66' The ball only goes as far as a red and white shirt, as Bolton's defensive line falls apart! The ball is fed through to an unmarked Walters in the box, WHO SHOOTS! SAVED BY JAASKELAINEN!
    • 60' Etherington races onto the ball towards the edge of the Bolton box after more poor defensive play from Robinson. He dinks a ball into the box, that Jaaskelainen spills! The ball falls to Walters, who lays it off to Jones, WHO SHOOTS! BLOCKED CLEAR OF THE GOAL BY KNIGHT!
    • 58' The corner is swung in... and headed clear. It's lifted back in to Walters, though, who dinks a cross to JONES! HEADED STRAIGHT AT JAASKELAINEN! Best chance of the half, and it's gone to Stoke
    • 31' GOOOOAL! KENWYNE JONES MAKES IT THREE FOR STOKE! Pennant robs Petrov on the Stoke left inside his own half, and charges towards the Bolton penalty area. He slips a perfect ball through the defence for Jones at the far stick, who takes a touch and sends a calm shot inside the right post!
    • 17' GOOOOAL! HUTH MAKES IT TWO FOR STOKE! A long throw from Delap is headed clear by Cahill, but only as far as Huth. The German hits the ball first time towards Jaaskelainen's left-hand post, and the veteran keeper can't claw the ball clear! 2-0 Stoke!
    • 11' GOOOOAL! STOKE CITY TAKE THE LEAD IN THE FA CUP SEMI-FINAL! And it's an absolute cracker from Matthew Etherington! The nippy winger cuts inside from the right after a poor defensive clearance from Paul Robinson, and rifles a pin-point left-foot shot inside Jaaskelainen's left-hand post from 20 yards!
    • 7' There's a gigantic tustle between both huge sets of men in the box, and the ball eludes Davies. It falls to Gary Cahill on the edge of the box, though, who SHOOTS FIRST TIME! JUST OVER THE BAR! Fizzing effort from the defender - rising a yard or so over the crossbar
    • 3' It's taken early by Matthew Etherington along the left flank, and Jonathan Walters forces a decent dive at the near post from the onrushing Jaaskelainen! Stoke corner
    • 15:20 STOKE: Sorensen, Wilkinson, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson, Pennant, Delap, Whelan, Etherington, Walters, Jones. Subs: Nash, Fuller, Pugh, Diao, Whitehead, Carew, Faye
    • 15:20 BOLTON: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Knight, Cahill, Robinson, Elmander, Muamba, Lee, Petrov, Klasnic, Kevin Davies. Subs: Bogdan, Taylor, Mark Davies, Moreno, Cohen, Alonso, Wheater

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • J. Jääskeläinen
      • G. Steinsson
      • Z. Knight
      • G. Cahill Yellow Card
      • P. Robinson Yellow Card
      • F. Muamba Substitution Out (73′)
      • C. Lee
      • J. Elmander
      • M. Petrov Substitution Out (45′)
      • I. Klasnic Substitution Out (45′)
      • K. Davies

      Subs

      • T. Cohen
      • D. Wheater
      • &. Bogdán
      • M. Taylor Substitution In45′
      • M. Davies Substitution In45′
      • Rodri Substitution In73′
      • M. Alonso
    • Starting line-up

      • T. Sørensen
      • A. Wilkinson
      • R. Huth Goal
      • R. Shawcross
      • M. Wilson
      • R. Delap
      • G. Whelan
      • J. Pennant Substitution Out (79′)
      • M. Etherington Goal Substitution Out (88′)
      • J. Walters Goals×2
      • K. Jones Goal Substitution Out (85′)

      Subs

      • J. Carew
      • S. Diao
      • C. Nash
      • D. Pugh Substitution In88′
      • A. Diagne-Faye
      • R. Fuller Substitution In85′
      • D. Whitehead Substitution In79′
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