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Owls edge out Middlesbrough

18 November 2014

  • Development Squad win friendly clash
  • Late Rafa Floro goal seals victory
  • Caolan Lavery returns for Wednesday

The Owls’ Under-21s edged a hard-fought friendly win against Middlesbrough on Tuesday at Middlewood Road.

Defender Rafa Floro scored the only goal with just a minute to go.

It was the proverbial game of two halves as the visitors looked the more likely in the opening period before Wednesday asked more of the questions after the break.

The Owls had Cameron Dawson to thank for keeping Boro at bay, the young keeper making a superb double save midway through the first half.

Wednesday suffered an early blow when Franck Betra was stretchered off but recovered to dominate the second 45.

Substitute Ryan Meadows went close with a thumping header and Ryan Croasdale smashed a long ranger over the bar as the hosts knocked on the door.

And it finally opened right at the last as Floro finished a fine five-man move to give Wednesday the win.

A big bonus for the Owls was the return of Caolan Lavery, sidelined since pre-season following a knee injury sustained at Doncaster.

The young striker posted 70 minutes and suffered no ill-effects other than standard stiffness.

Owls: Dawson, Young, Floro, Dielna, O’Neill, Corry, Drenthe (Meadows72), Hanna, Lavery (Croasdale 70), McCabe, Betra (Dieseruvwe 14)

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