Youth Watch: No luck in FA Youth Cup
The last and only time Wolves have been victorious in the FA Youth Cup was back in 1958 – over 50 years ago – but we have reached the final six times. But that was not to be this year.
Wolves lost to Everton in the third round of the FA Youth Cup on Tuesday night. But they fought very well and were as close to take the victory as the Liverpool team, according to the reports from the game.
Wolves had the first chance on goal after a quarter of an hour when a cross from Zeli Ismail was close to reach Andre Landell at the far post. But the Everton keeper could collect. A few minutes later Everton had a chance when Hope went close to get trough, but Ebanks-Landell blocked his shot.
The best chance of the first half came to Andre Landell after half an hour when he turned and hooked a low drive to beat the Everton keeper Connor Roberts, but not the woodwork to his right. Jack Price tried to get the rebound into the net but the ball went wide.
Maybe that was the decisive moment of the game? If Wolves had scored on that one Everton had to work uphill. Everton had a chance a few minutes later when a header from Forrester after a free went wide. But Wolves had a slight upper hand when it came to chances in the first half.
In the second half Dan East made a very good save from a Hammar header after another free from Everton. Apparently they had many dangerous free kicks during the game.
But Wolves didn’t lack chances and Cassidy went close on a fantastic Ismail through ball, but the shot was a foot wide.
On another Ismail through pass some seven minutes later, the ball reached Cassidy again and this time the striker made no mistake when he rolled his man and fired very cool past the advancing Everton keeper Roberts, and it was leveled.
But in the 76th minute of the game came the big blow for the young Wolves team came when Hope first crossed the ball in but Wolves cleared it out to Barrow who centred it in again and Ikhiewe tried to head the ball clear but headed it into his own net – 2-1 to Everton
Wolves chased another leveler and pressed Everton high, but they didn’t have any luck and Everton could walk away with the victory and a membership still intact to the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup. wolves walked away with nothing. It’s a cruel world.
I hope that our young footballer want be too disappointed for too long because of this defeat. There are important fixtures coming up in the league – starting with Manchester United away on Saturday. A team our Academy Under 18’s slashed with four goals against nothing at home. You can do it again!
Wolves: East, Kostrna, Cranston, Harris (capt), Ebanks-Landell (Griffiths 45), Ihiekwe, Ismail, Price, Spray, Cassidy, Landell (Kellerman 78).