The loaned-out Sheffield Wednesday wing-back Matt Penney scored his first professional goal on Saturday.
It arrived at the 31st time of asking and in some style – a well-struck 20-yarder which rifled into the bottom corner, and was befitting of the occasion – Hamburg derby in front of 57,000 spectators.
Penney’s effort ensured a 2-0 win for St Pauli, the unfancied visitors who had been operating at the opposite end of the German second tier to their title-chasing hosts, Hamburg SV.
St. Pauli gör 0-2 pic.twitter.com/VugUwG3NJm
— Dennis Mårtensson (@DMarten82) February 22, 2020
Despite having made the move to Lower Saxony at the end of August, in doing so reuniting with his former manager at Wednesday, Jos Luhukay, Penney had appeared on just 10 occasions for St Pauli prior to his latest outing.
And it was only his second start since the end of October, owing mostly to an injury which convinced the Owls boss Garry Monk not to recall the Middlewood Road product earlier than planned in January.
Penney cannot now return to Wednesday – at least not to play at first-team level – until the summer transfer window.
And with his Owls deal also just months away from expiry, it is possible that the Chesterfield native won’t ever be seen again in Blue and White.
But many Wednesday fans, including some of the following, will hope that’s not the case…
Get back to wednesday lad! Chuffed for you today.
— Andy McElwaine (@andymcelwaine) February 22, 2020
— Paddy Broomhead (@Paddy1989swfc) February 22, 2020
Hope to see you in a Wednesday shirt next season lad. A player with huge potential that we desperately need
— Callum Breese (@BreeseCallum) February 22, 2020
Could do with Matt penney in the team, just scored this Worldie for st pauli vs Hamburg ,in the local Derby https://t.co/UGajnnOdBj
— Greeny (@MarkoGreen80) February 22, 2020
Can’t wait for him to come back next season Viva Matt Penney 🐐🔵⚪️ https://t.co/to1xlZWP8a
— Adam •🦉 (@Adam___SWFC) February 22, 2020
Fucking hell that goal from Penney was a fucking cracker, roll on next season
— Brad (@bradswfc__) February 22, 2020
Apparently Matt Penney has scored a worldy for St Pauli away at Hamburg in the Hamburg derby. Good for him. Hope he comes back in to the first team next season. #swfc
— Matthew Wood (@mat_t_hew7) February 22, 2020
he’s OOC, he’ll be off
— edders (@ejc1867) February 22, 2020
It certainly wasn’t a worldy. Unlikely to be a spot for him to return. Be better playimg over there and learning his trade further
— Kieran Mallett (@chezney91) February 22, 2020
Surely if possible were recalling Penney, why we let him go in the first place is nuts #swfc
— Connor (@swfccon) February 22, 2020