Soccer Match Report

England FA Cup Final 2013 Match Report Wigan Athletic had beaten the Giant!!!! Wigan Athletic 1- 0 Manchester City. Substitute Ben Watson’s 90th minute goal helped Wigan create a great FA Cup final disappointment against last season’s Premier League champions Manchester City. [pic] The match was held at the Wembley Stadium on Saturday 11th May 2013. The weather is fine and there was no empty seats left in the stadium. All the talk before the match was how many goals it was going to be.

Not because both sides are great attacking teams and everyone was hoping for a lovely flowing open game, but because Wigan were such rank outsiders that everyone, people were expecting City to win the silverware.

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The City team was full strength even Joe Hart was in goal, as City took this seriously hoping to get some silverware for the third year in a row. The Wigan team on the other hand had a few changes from the midweek game. Out came Gary Caldwell and Ben Watson and in came Jordi Gomez and Antolin Alcaraz; both of which were good moves.

But there was an unexpected result occurred! Ben Watson, who had replaced Gomez with 10 minutes to go, powered home Shaun Maloney’s corner for the only goal of the game. Shaun Maloney took a corner kick at the last minute of normal time.

His run up slow and concise saw a lovely out swinging cross whipped in, then a flash of ginger hair, as Ben Watson (on for Jordi Gomez) beat the City players to the near post for a glancing header, he watched amazed as all of us as it hit the back of the net. -0 to Wigan Athletic!!!!! Absolute excitement as the travelling Wigan team supporters discharged it a mass spreading of noise and celebrations. The Wigan team had three minutes to hold on now. Three minutes to keep their walls up and their minds focused. City team threw the ball forward looking to find a flick on, or a half a chance, anything to get the equalizer. Up went Wigan’s three center back, Scharner, Boyce and Alcaraz trying to get anything on the ball to get it away from the Wigan 18 yard box.

They did it.

Finally, referee Andrew Marriner blew his whistle and for the first time in its 81 year old history Wigan Athletic have a major piece of silverware. [pic] I’m a Soccer girl through and through but I’ve always admired the way Wigan team play. I have great admiration for Roberto Martinez who is such a brilliant manager. I do hope they can complete the season by escaping the drop yet again, but if they don’t then I’m sure they’ll get the championship again next season.

Prepared by: YEUNG Lok See Joyce 4S (15)