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U21s report: Owls 2-2 Blades

13 October 2023

Club News

U21s report: Owls 2-2 Blades

13 October 2023

The Owls and the Blades went head-to-head at Hillsborough and shared the derby honours.

It was second v first in the PDL2 and the close encounter forecast duly unfolded, with Wednesday twice coming from behind to take a share of the spoils.

The Blades hit the front eight minutes in – moments after the Owls might have taken the lead.

Keeper Luke Faxon acrobatically parried a curling set piece from Cian Flannery that triggered a swift counter from which Andre Brooks sent Owen Hampson scampering in on goal and the midfielder finished calmly beneath the outrushing Pierce Charles.

The hosts’ shot-stopper had to be alert to thwart Brooks immediately after the restart, darting off his line to block on the angle.

Wednesday composed themselves and sought a route back into the contest. Bailey Cadamarteri span on the edge of the box and fired a low drive that Faxon was relieved to see whistle past his far post.

The threatening figure of Cadamarteri caused concerns in the Blades’ rearguard and the in-form hitman was just off target again after shaking off his marker down the right side of the area.

Wednesday went closer still three minutes before half time when Ciaran Brennan got full purchase on a Rio Shipston free kick but Faxon sprang to his right and tipped away from danger.

The Owls started the second half as they ended the first and got their reward only two minutes in. Dovydas Sasnauskas sliced a Sam Reed feed onto his own crossbar and Cadamarteri was on the spot to pick up the pieces from close range.

Wednesday pressed for a second but were caught on the counter on 59 minutes. Antwoine Hackford nicked possession 30 yards out and advanced to tee up Jili Buyabu, who drilled low into the bottom corner to restore the advantage.

But the Owls were far from finished and pushed numbers forward for a second leveller, which arrived deep into stoppage time.

Reed sent in another dangerous cross that the Blades failed to clear and substitute Luke Cook executed a fierce drive on the turn that gave Faxon no chance.


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