Wolves Reserves lost away to Everton in first league game
Wolves Reserves games will this season mainly be played by the Wolves Development team. They played their first match in the Premier League Reserves League today against Everton away – probably one of the hardest games of the season, as Everton are known to have a very good Academy.
One of the starlets from their Academy is 17-year-old Jose Baxter who has played for Everton since he was six and played for England in every youth team. And he became the youngest player ever playing for their senior team last season.
Another one playing for the reserves -but probably not for long – is high esteemed French striker Magaye Gueye who came to Everton from Strasbourg in June. He is only 19, but play in the French U21 team.
The first chances in the match were created by Scott Malone. First a cross that was cleared then a long shot from 30 yards. After that Jose Baxter presented himself with a free-kick that Shane Duffy almost got a leg on.
Then both Ashley Hemmings and James Spray tried their luck with distance shots that didn’t trouble the Everton defence and keeper much. But a couple of minutes before the half hour Hemmings passed back to David Davis (or was it Rooney?) who launched a vicious volley that the Everton keeper had great problems to handle.
After that both teams had a couple of half chances, but the defences managed to sort it out. Five minutes before the break the Everton keeper Davies made another great save when Hemmings passed the ball to Winnall who tried his luck with an angled shot.
Just before half time Malone launched a corner-kick that was half cleared and Rooney drove a rising shot that Davies with difficulty could touch over.
After the brake Malone went close again with a fierce cross and Duffy went close for Everton with a header on the other side.
With an hour played of the match the decisive moment came. The Everton player Donegan centred from the left, French starlet Gueye flicked it goalwards, but Aaron McCarey managed to save excellently and tuck the ball aside, but to little use, as young Jose Baxter lashed in the rebound. 1-0 to Everton and half an hour left to play.
Soon after that the goalscorer Jose Baxter was given his first and then his second yellow card and was dismissed. Wolves now tried to get their well deserved equaliser by going forward with many players. Malone went closest with a curling shot that went just wide.
Instead of a draw Everton took advantage of Wolves pressure and in the last minute of the match French starlet Gueye broke clear and in a two on one situation he slipped the ball to substitute Conor McAlney who scored the Toffee’s second with ease.
An unlucky start for the Wolves Reserves and Development team, but they measured up well to a very good Everton team and I’m looking forward to experience what they can accomplish this season.
Everton: Davies, Nsiala, Garbutt, Wallace, Duffy (capt), Mustafi, Craig (Hope 77), Akpan, Baxter (- 72), Gueye, Donegan (McAleny 82). Unused subs: Roberts, Bidwell, Cummings.
Wolves: McCarey, Doherty, Hill, Ebanks-Landell, Batth (capt), Davis (Forde 58), Hemmings, Rooney, Spray, Winnall, Malone. Unused subs: Landell, East, Keane, Kostrna.