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Under-21s held by Watford

10 August 2015

Opening day 0-0 draw for Development Squad

The Owls Development Squad began their season with a goalless draw against Watford on Monday afternoon at Middlewood Road.

In a game where both defences came out on top, the first talking point came early in the first half when Ryan Croasdale went down under a heavy challenge and was replaced by George Hirst.

Clear cut chances were few and far between in the first half but shortly after the interval, Owls goalkeeper Cameron Dawson was called into action, saving well from Bernard Mensah.

Hirst responded for Wednesday just after the hour-mark with a long range effort that was held by Rene Gilmartin before Dawson tipped over the top to deny George Byers in closing stages.

Owls coach Neil Thompson said: “We were a little bit disjointed today but that’s to be expected when you have trialists in the team but I thought we played well.

“I thought we defended well and remained strong at the back all thoughout the game.

“We’ve got players playing up today from the Under-18s, trialists in the team and at times there will also be first team players needing game-time.

“They all know how to play the game and it’s their chance to go out there and impress the management and coaching staff because the game is there for them.”

He continued: “I thought when the ball came across our box, we got out and defended well; Will De Havilland made a number of good blocks when called upon.

“We had a young forward line out there in the second half and coming up against older more experienced boys will have been good for them.”

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