Youth Watch: Wolves win after goal by Zele
The Academy Under 18’s managed to win by an only goal in a hard fought match against Stoke at Compton Saturday.
Being a little of a Wolves boogey-team it was no surprise that the game would be hard to win.
in the first half Wolves played well without getting to any clearcut chances. Stoke had a good chance to score on a free-kick by their midfield playmaker Cuvelier, but it was tipped over by the Wolves keeper.
In the second half Wolves target player James Spray came on and started to deliver opportunities for his team mates. Together with a tactic to rip the Stoke defence apart by passing the ball from side to side Wolves began to worry the Stoke defence and create chances.
After the hour Wolves were paid for their efforts when Cranston passed the ball to McAlinden who passed it on to Landell. His shot was deflected on a Stoke defender, but Zele Ismail could reach it by running to the back post and he scored from a tight angle.
Ten minutes later Stoke had a goal disallowed for offside and with fifteen minutes left of the game they put on a second striker to try to level the score.
Eight minutes before time Musungu had a splendid opportunity to do so, but his spoon from three yards out after a Stoke corner went over the crossbar.
So Wolves could hold out to the end and collect three points, making them go from fourth to second place in their league group after Everton, I believe. Four wins with three clean sheets in four games now. Not bad at all!
Before the under 18’s game the Wolves Academy Under 16’s managed to beat Stoke with 5-0. I have not come by any reports from that game, but it sounds like a good game. 😆