Academy draw as Forde scores and signs in front of family
The Wolves Academy under 18 team met Sunderland Saturday at Compton and it was a match with two halves.
Sunderland was the best team in the first half and Wolves took over the game in the second. After twenty minutes the Sunderland pressure resulted in a goal. It came from a set-piece taken by Conor Hourihane, who stepped up and hit a great strike from 22 yards into the top corner. Sour lemons!
Sunderland continued to be the best team for the rest of the half. At halftime there was an award presented. James Spray became the SwedeWolves
Academy Player of the year.
After tea Wolves got the right shape to the team to give the well traveled Sunderland team a match. Nat Mendez-Laing caused the Sunderland defence a lot of trouble and Wolves pressured them now instead of the other way around. But the Sunderland keeper Ben Wilson did some fine stuff and denied Wolves an equaliser for a long time.
But finally – after 80 minutes – the efforts paid off. And it was the young player Anthony Forde – who, according to rumours, have signed his first real contract with Wolves and had all his folks coming from Ireland watching him – who scored. That is the same technical youngster that battled Zele Ismail in Soccer AM Skill Skool about a year ago (see HERE).