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Clarets Cup joy for young Owls!

6 October 2022

Club News

Clarets Cup joy for young Owls!

6 October 2022

The Owls Under-18s overcame Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday afternoon to win the Clarets Cup!

Following a close-fought 90 minutes which finished 3-3, the young Owls held their nerve in the shootout to lift the silverware!

Josh Chapman gave Wednesday an early lead but Rovers grabbed an equaliser before the break.

A frantic second period then unfolded as both sides threw caution to the wind in the cup final.

Rovers edged in front but the Owls found a way back with Devlan Moses pinching possession on the halfway line before striding upfield and stroking the ball calmly past the keeper.

It seemed the trophy was heading to Blackburn after the hosts netted a late goal from a corner but in the final minute, Chapman was fouled in the box and a penalty awarded to the Owls.

Rio Shipston sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to level the score and ensure the final would be settled by spot-kicks.


Owls goalkeeper Jack Phillips was the hero in the shootout, saving two penalties, while Shipston, Mario Bobea, Cian Flannery and Moses all converted from 12 yards.

While the Clarets Cup is an Under-17 competition, due to the delay in the tournament finishing last season, second year scholars from both the Owls and Blackburn were permitted to play in the final.

Any player eligible to feature in the 2021/22 competition last season was granted permission to feature on Tuesday.

En route to the final, Wednesday progressed through the group stage as leaders, overcoming Salford, Mansfield and Bradford. The Owls also drew with Blackburn at this stage.

In the knockouts, the Owls defeated Wigan and Fleetwood to set up the clash with Rovers staged at Blackburn’s training facility.

XI: Phillips, Rodrigues, Chapman, Dawes, Flannery, Phuthi, Shipston, Thornton, Maciag (Fernandes 71), Rhule (Bobea 58), Moses

Many congratulations, boys!

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