Youth Watch: Ismail and McAlinden scores again
The young Wolves players in the Academy Under 18’s are playing against Everton away in the FA Youth Cup tonight.
This is probably the worst opponent they could have been drawn against, as the Liverpool team leads Barclay Premier League Group C – the best group in the youth league system – and the same group that Wolves are currently placed third.
The youngsters hadn’t played for seven weeks before they got a 2-2 draw against Blackburn in the weekend. Before the big freeze they did really well with four convincing wins against good competition (Blackburn (3-0), Manchester United (4-0), Crewe Alexandra (3-2) and Stoke City (1-0)).
And the Wolves team have scored more goals than any other team in their league so far. Liam McAlinden with ten and Zeli Ismail on eight goals are the top goalscorers so far in Wolves – the very two young players who recently signed their first professional contracts with Wolves a few weeks ago.
Against Blackburn latest Wolves was the team that started the best and they got their reward after about ten minutes when Price played Ismail who advanced and ran through on the right and finished all by himself.
But after dominating the first part of the half the lads let Blackburn into the game and with 35 minutes gone Blackburn player Hitchkock could beat an offside trap after a corner and score.
In the second half Wolves was the team chasing the lead again and they were to get it after about an hour when McAlinden snatched the ball from Cranston after a long ball forward and could score Wolves second.
So the two new pro’s showed their profess and paid back some to the club. Terrific, as a well known Wolves manager would have put it. 😆
Wolves now continued to press on trying to finish them off but none of the many chances resulted in a goal and – as it often goes – Blackburn could get an equaliser after a set piece when their substitute Vastic headed the ball into the net in added time. Sounds almost like a first team game, eh?!
Let’s hope that Wolves will have the power to make a cup-set tonight against Everton away. The Cup is even more important to the youngsters than the seniors and this young Wolves team deserves success and silverware. Go for it lads!
See also: My recent Loan Watch