Watch out for the young ones

The Wolves Academy Under 18’s played against the league leaders Bolton the Saturday before last and managed to get a draw. Not bad!

The reports say that the youngsters defended better than before in the game and they showed great moral strength aswell when getting behind with only ten minutes left, but managing to keep their heads cool and their feet working to get an equaliser.

It was Jack Price who started it with a ball to the back post that McAlinden headed back to Jake Kempton who, with his left foot, placed it behind the Bolton keeper.

This Saturday was not easier as Everton away was the target for the young ones. The first half only content was a couple of half chances for each team and just when it looked like a half time draw Everton got a corner and Wolves did not mark the Swedish defender Hammar well enough, so he could head in a lead just before halftime.

At the beginning of the second half Everton could score their second after a cross tapped in by Hope. But Wolves kept going and in the last fifteen minutes of the game they had the advantage in play, but didn’t convert that into goals.

So the match ended with a 2-0 defeat, but Everton are a good Academy team, and they had four over-aged youngsters in their team.

Some more Academy news:

Liam McAlinden will join the Northern Ireland Under 19 team to Germany and will probably play his first international competitive games for the U19 team, being a first year Academy scholar and only seventeen. Northern Ireland will play against the hosts, Andorra and Switzerland.

And Jonny Gorman – who already has made his first cups for the senior Northern Ireland team – will travel with them and hopefully play against Italy and the Faroe Islands.

And the Development team keeper Aaron McCarey will join the Republic of Ireland squad, who are playing hosts Bulgaria, Luxembourg and Serbia.

And there are more young Wolves internationals:

Jake Cassidy and Jordan Cranston will join Wales Under 19’s, Kristian Kostrna for Slovakia Under 18’s and keeper Aljaz Cotman for Slovenia Under 17’s.

Good luck to all of them, of course!

And the older kids are not the only one’s who are traveling during the international break. The Under 14’s and Under 16’s have flown to Quatar to play and train with the famous Aspire Academy.

The Academy Under 16’s were there last season with good results and now they are joined by the Under 14’s. Apparently Academy teams like AC Milan, Real Madrid and Liverpool use to travel there, so it signals that our youngsters got class and a good reputation.



~ by paddytheflea on October 5, 2010.

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