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Hooper back with derby brace

10 January 2017

The Owls’ Under-23s posted a routine 3-0 win at local rivals Barnsley on Tuesday afternoon, with returning striker Gary Hooper bagging a brace.

Hooper has endured a spell on the sidelines with injury but took his first steps toward fitness with a 50-minute run-out across South Yorkshire.

Jack Stobbs also netted as Wednesday emerged with all three points to cement their second-place position in the Professional Development League.

The Owls raced into a 2-0 lead before half time, with Hooper on target twice, both goals coming from close range.

Cameron Dawson produced a fine save to deny Jacob Brown before the Reds were struck a blow when Cole Kpekawa was shown a straight red for a late challenge on Sean Clare.

Wednesday, who controlled the contest, wrapped up the points when Stobbs converted following a neat give and go with Jose Semedo.

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