Friday May 11, 2012 Semifinal Finished Broadhall Way

  1. Stevenage v Sheffield United: LIVE

    Stevenage v Sheffield United: LIVE

    Follow live coverage of the League One play-off first leg between Stevenage and Sheffield United at Broadway Hall. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Stevenage Football Club
    • Sheffield United
    • - Thanks for joining us this evening!
    • 90'+5 FULL TIME. Goalless it ends as neither side finds the back of the net. Finely balanced for the second leg on Monday...
    • 90'+4 Laird puts a cross in from the left but United clear...
    • 90'+3 Bostwick clears a header off the post as Sheff Utd pile the pressure on...
    • 90' Double sub for Sheff Utd, as Cresswell and Ertl come on for McDonald and Flynn... FOUR minutes of added time...
    • 89' End to end stuff now... Ashton cuts the ball out in the six-yard area as Sheff Utd hit on the counter...
    • 87' Stevenage building an attack which breaks down when Flynn intercepts, and it looked like a certain handball! Nothing given...
    • 85' Still very little hope in terms of an opening as neither team can find a way through...
    • 82' That's his last touch as Stevenage make their final change, Lascelles making way for Myrie-Williams.
    • 81' Lascelles hoists a cross into the box but Sheff Utd clear...
    • 80' Heading into the final 10 minutes and both sides still desperately seeking a spark...
    • 77' Bostwick goes for goal from 35 yards or so, but his shot is way off target...
    • 74' A cross from the left for Sheff Utd picks up a couple of deflections but Day is well positioned to smother the ball...
    • 73' Stevenage have a corner but the ball is scrambled clear from Sheff Utd's goalmouth...
    • 72' Bostwick with an over-cooked cross from the right as Stevenage get forward again...
    • 71' Shroot on for Byrom as Stevenage make their second substitution.
    • 70' United with a great attacking chance as Flynn is put in down the left with a great pass, but he opts to square to no-one instead of going for goal at the near post...
    • 69' Flynn back on after some treatment on the sidelines...
    • 68' Flynn goes down injured after trapping his right ankle in a 50-50 challenge with Lascelles...
    • 66' Mousinho's first touch is a badly overhit cross from the left as Stevenage work a decent move forward...
    • 65' Stevenage the first to make a change, as Reid makes way for Mousinho.
    • 63' Williamson takes it short, comes inside to receive the ball back and gets a low shot on target which Day saves comfortably. First effort on target for United....
    • 62' Sheff Utd win another corner after Stevenage give the ball away cheaply...
    • 61' Quinn tries an athletic overhead attempt but Stevenage clear...
    • 60' Sheff Utd with a corner...
    • 57' Williamson screams for a penalty as he and Freeman go for a loose ball inside Stevenage's area. It was a pure 50-50 and the Sheff Utd player was being a bit too optimistic in his appeal for a spot-kick there...
    • 55' Freeman absolutely hammers the ball across the face of goal, but no-one can get on the end of it as Stevenage attack.
    • 54' Laird and Lowton exchange a few words after the Sheff Utd man shoves the Stevenage player in the back after they both chase the ball out of play.
    • 52' Cross comes in from the right for Sheff Utd and Flynn stoops to head, but some good defensive pressure prevents that from becoming an effort on target.
    • 51' Lascelles gets a long-ranger header on target after taking a throw, but Simonsen has it well covered.
    • 50' They don't capitalise however, and Stevenage come away with possession.
    • 49' Roberts fouls Porter and Sheff Utd have a free-kick early on...
    • 46' KICK OFF... The seconf half is on, with no changes to either side.
    • 45'+1 HALF TIME... Goalless at the break after a first half which saw little in the way of real chances, save for Reid's effort.
    • 45' United attack and a cross comes in which Bostwick slices horribly, forcing Day to tip the ball over the bar.
    • 43' Quinn then has a shot at the other end but his isn't as close and flies over.
    • 42' STEVENAGE HIT THE BAR! Reid slams an effort off the woodwork as the home side get the first real effort in!
    • 41' Byrom sends it in but United clear...
    • 40' Agyemang with some good work down the left and Stevenage have a throw... Laird takes it and then wins a free-kick out of Williamson...
    • 37' United with a foray forward but Lowton's unable to find a team-mate with a cross...
    • 34' Both sides continue to seek an opening but the truth is that so far there has been very little in terms of clearcut opportunities on goal...
    • 31' Freeman flashes an effort well over as Stevenage again try to make a breakthrough...
    • 29' Stevenage have a free-kick on the right but the delivery is nowhere near good enough and another chance to apply some pressure is wasted.
    • 26' Flynn goes down under a challenge from Wilson as he gets to the by-line on the left side of Stevenage's box, but the Sheff Utd man's appeals are waved away by referee Tony Bates.
    • 24' Still no way through for either side as we reach the midway point of the first half...
    • 21' Bostwick picks the ball up and advances towards goal, and then tries to curl an effort towards the top-right corner. He doesn't get enough inswing on it though and it sails well wide...
    • 20' Corner for Stevenage but United deal with the pressure well and clear.
    • 18' Lowton sends a long-range cross into the box and the wind seems to catch the ball a little. It then bounces awkwardly in front of Stevenage 'keeper Day, whio watches it all the way and gathers.
    • 17' Stevenage just forced back a bit as they try and come forward, before Bostwick misplaces a pass and United get possession from the throw.
    • 16' Agyemang wins a corner for the hosts at the other end of the pitch...
    • 15' Stevenage manage to deal with a couple of quick corners.
    • 13' United win a corner with their first real attack...
    • 11' Freeman shows some trickery down the left but when he finally gets his cross in it's a mis-kick and the ball flies behind for a goal-kick. Stevenage with the greater attacking potency so far...
    • 9' Stevenage try and build an attack but again a wayward pass means it breaks down.
    • 7' Freeman wins a free-kick down the left, and Stevenage can send in a dangerous ball here... It comes in, Agyemang brings it down but no-one can get a foot on it and United clear.
    • 6' A bit of midfield battling going on in the early stages.
    • 4' United with their first attack as Lowton sends a cross in and Porter goes down under a push from Lascelles. The referee waves play on...
    • 3' Laird tries his luck from distance but the effort is way off target.
    • 2' Stevenage surge forward but Laird just loses control of the ball as he stretches to try and make a pass.
    • 19:45 KICK OFF! The home side get the game underway...
    • 19:40 All set for kick off as the teams head out onto the pitch...
    • 19:35 Ten minutes to kick off and the atmosphere is building at Broadhall Way. The weather is fine - a sunny evening just north of London...
    • 19:30 Stevenage could make history by going from the Conference to the Championship in the space of three successive seasons if they make it through this semi and then triumph in the final. It would be an incredible story if they did. Can they continue their quest this evening by taking a stranglehold on the tie?
    • 19:25 Sheff Utd boss Wilson: "We know we're going to a very tough venue with a tight pitch and the fans on top of you. But we've seen it all before, it's nothing new to us. We know there's a big prize at the end of it if we can stand up to it and come through the tie. You have to have a threat going away from home. We're not going to sit back and wait for them to pummel us."
    • 19:20 Stevenage manager Gary Smith: "They won't relish the opportunity of coming down here to play against us. It'll be a tough night, the crowd will get behind us, we've got plenty of momentum and we're in good form. We'll be looking to come away from this leg with an advantage to take back to Bramall Lane. We'll give them plenty of respect, they deserve it. In most seasons gone by 90 points would have got them automatic promotion."
    • 19:15 So United boss Danny Wilson making three changes with Matt Hill, Stephen Quinn and Chris Porter all recalled. Richard Cresswell and Andy Taylor drop to the bench, and James Beattie is suspended.
    • 19:10 TEAM NEWS.... Sheffield United: Simonsen, Lowton, Doyle, Flynn, Williamson, Collins, Maguire, Porter, McDonald, Quinn, Hill... Subs: Ertl, Howard, Taylor, Cresswell, O'Halloran.
    • 19:05 TEAM NEWS... Stevenage: Day, Wilson, Laird, Ashton, Reid, Byrom, Roberts, Freeman, Bostwick, Agyemang, Lascelles... Subs: Julian, Myrie-Williams, Beardsley, Mousinho, Shroot.
    • 19:00 Good evening and welcome to LIVE commentary of Stevenage and Sheffield United's League One play-off first leg, which kicks off at 19:45 UK time!
  • Summary

    • 90'+3 Bostwick clears a header off the post as Sheff Utd pile the pressure on...
    • 89' End to end stuff now... Ashton cuts the ball out in the six-yard area as Sheff Utd hit on the counter...
    • 70' United with a great attacking chance as Flynn is put in down the left with a great pass, but he opts to square to no-one instead of going for goal at the near post...
    • 63' Williamson takes it short, comes inside to receive the ball back and gets a low shot on target which Day saves comfortably. First effort on target for United....
    • 45' United attack and a cross comes in which Bostwick slices horribly, forcing Day to tip the ball over the bar.
    • 42' STEVENAGE HIT THE BAR! Reid slams an effort off the woodwork as the home side get the first real effort in!

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