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Strong win for Under-23s

16 January 2017

The Owls’ Under-23 secured the league double over Bolton with a 4-1 win at Middlewood Road on Monday.

Bolton struck first through Sam Lavelle but the hosts promptly turned the game around with goals from George Hirst, James Murphy, Vincent Sasso and Sean Clare.

Although Wednesday were quicker off the blocks, Bolton coped well to counter and a corner led to centre back Levelle's outstanding volleyed goal from the edge of the box on seven minutes.

The Owls' youngsters were unfazed and they almost hit back via efforts from Hirst and Matt Penney, who were each denied by goalkeeper Will Jaaskelainen.

But on 38 minutes, frontman Hirst levelled from the penalty spot after Fraser Preston was bundled down inside the area.

Close to the break, Owls' custodian Joe Wildsmith made a fine stop as he palmed away Jeff King's stinging free kick from distance before Wednesday hit their stride after the restart and were soon in the driver's seat with quick-fire goals.

Bolton conceded another penalty on 49 minutes, this time Hirst being hauled to the ground. The striker stepped up from the spot but was thwarted by Jaaskelainen, only for Murphy to tuck home the rebound.

Sasso then craned his neck to flick Stobbs' corner home on 58 minutes and make it 3-1 to the Owls.

Clare rounded up the clinical second half display with a late strike from close range after the midfielder man was left unmarked in the box.

Wednesday: Wildsmith, Baker, Penney, Semedo, Dielna, Sasso, Stobbs (Lonchar 79), Murphy (Kirby 62), Hirst, Clare, Preston (Thorniley 84).

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