The Owls’ Development Squad played out a 1-1 draw with Colchester at Middlewood Road on Monday.
Sergiu Bus was on target for the hosts in the first half from the penalty spot but the U’s hit back after the break to post a point.
But a largely even game weighted in Colchester’s favour when Wednesday were reduced to ten men in the second half when Will De Haviland saw an earlier yellow card upgraded to red.
De Haviland, though, played a key role in the first goal as he was felled in the area and Bus stepped up to comfortably send the Owls in front.
Bus twice went close before the interval but Colchester kept the deficit at 1-0 heading down the tunnel.
But things went downhill for Wednesday following the resumption. First, De Havilland received his marching orders, then the visitors equalised when a hopeful shot deflected past Cameron Dawson.
It was a rearguard action for the Owls thereafter, although they almost snatched a winner when a drilled Matt Penney cross was diverted inches wide.