Academy Watch: Victory against the Baggies and more

After a disappointing start to the season the Academy Under 18’s Wolves team have bettered themselves considerably.

I have not reported about their games for several weeks now, so I will tell you a little about the matches played by the youngsters since the Everton game.

On the 9th of October they played a derby against WBA and came out as the winning side. They beat the local rivals with 3-2 at Compton, and both goals from the Baggie youngsters came from dubious given penalties.

Wolves took the lead after about twenty minutes when  Andre Landell slotted it in from a return pass by Jake Kempton. Then the Baggies got their two penalties, but Wolves only upped their play and equalised following a free-kick in which Anthony Forde centered the ball into the box and Michael Ihiekwe headed it in (that’s a new name to me).

A few minutes after the hour Jack Price put a fantastic ball through to Zele Ismail and he ran beyond the Tesco’s back four and put it across the keeper. The visitors had nothing to answer with and Wolves were the better team all through.

The next Saturday the young ones took on Manchester City at home and coach Halsall said to the official site:

Having done so well in the game against West Bromwich a week earlier, I was interested to see how the players would react. I had been telling them throughout the week that it was a matter of showing they could repeat the performance.

In all honesty we didn’t do as well although I feel we could have won it with the chances we created. And again we conceded through certain players not reacting quickly enough to a City counter attack.

Jake Kempton went through the City defence already in the first minute, but he didn’t keep the ball close enough, and the City keeper made a save. Jack Price had a double chance just before half time but wasted both his chances.

In the second half Andre Landell had two chances to give Wolves a lead, but the City keeper saved the first and the second was ruled out as offside.

City also had a good opportunity to score, but the Wolves first year Academy keeper Alijaz Cotman denied them with a very good save.

With three minutes left of the game Wolves lost the ball on the edge of the City box and some of the Wolves players didn’t react quick enough to stop the Blues counter attack and they scored the winning goal. End of game.

Yesterday Wolves played Blackburn away and they managed to win with three goals to nothing. Goals were scored by McAlinden, Landell and Zele Ismail – his third this season in the league.

Blackburn have previously come up on top against both Liverpool and Everton, so this is a high rated victory. More about it later and keep it up lads.


P.S. Next game is against Manchester United at home next Saturday.


~ by paddytheflea on October 31, 2010.

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