Hat-trick by Sam Winnall when Mana makes debut with Wolves youngsters
Have I mentioned that the Development Team is on tour in Northern Ireland? Well, they are.
Tonight they played against a team called Lisburn Distillery. So named because they originated in Distillery Street in Belfast. They play in the IFA Premiership (11th last season).
A surprise – at least to me – was that Wolves team included a trialist – Mana Dembélé – a 21-year-old French striker from Chateauroux (Ligue 2) who has been rumoured to be of interest to Wolves.
Wolves started strongest and after ten minutes Scott Malone scored the first from the corner of the six-yard box.
Five minutes later Dembélé launched a shot that was saved, but his striker partner for the evening – Sam Winnall – followed up and headed into an empty net.
Only three minutes later and before the match clock showed 20 minutes Sam Winnall (what a pleasant name, eh?) scored his second and Wolves third with his head after a corner by Scott Malone . Way to go!
In the second half Distillery started best and had three corners in minutes. Danny Batth had to make a save on the goal line to keep the clean sheet. Dembélé had a wide shot a little later, but it wasn’t until just before the 70th minute Sam Winnall came into good action again with a nice run and precision shot from the left. Four goals against nothing.
Five minutes from time, though, Distillery got their consolation goal when Mack found the net from up close. According to reports Ashley Hemmings were close to get Wolves a fifth goal just before time.
The team that played tonight contended many of the boys who were so successful last summer and last season. I believe that Wolves will have a very competitive Reserves team this season. And perhaps some of them can bridge the gap to the senior squad in due time. So far so good!
WOLVES: McCarey, Dunleavy (Harris 62), Ebanks-Landell (Reckord 45), Batth, Malone, Gorman (Spray 60), Davis, Rooney (Dunleavy 80), Winnall, Dembele (Landell 71), Hemmings.