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Narrow defeat for Owls U21s

27 February 2024

Match Reports

Narrow defeat for Owls U21s

27 February 2024

Bruno Fernandes continued his fine run of form in front of goal but it wasn’t enough on Tuesday afternoon as Hull edged a close-fought PDL clash 2-1.

The breakthrough came midway through the first half with a towering Fernandes header at the back post from Rio Shipston’s corner.

But goals from Tigers duo Bora Aydinlik and Jake Brown just before and after the break turned the game on its head.

There was little in the contest up to the midway point, save an early chance for Joey Phuthi from a dangerous low Luke Cook centre.

Possession was neat and tidy from both sides until Wednesday’s opener on 22 minutes, which came from a Tigers mistake.

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Goalkeeper Callum Yam’s short pass out was intercepted by Jarvis Thornton and squared to Phuthi, who won a corner at the back post from which Wednesday duly profited.

Fernandes attacked Shipston’s deep delivery to guide home a header at the back stick.

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Hull’s response was bright and a piece of individual brilliance from Sincere Hall almost brought about an equaliser 10 minutes before half time.

The Tigers’ forward jinked his way past three challenges before pulling the trigger from 20 yards out but Jack Hall produced a super save to tip wide.

In almost the last action of the half, though, Hull found an equaliser from a corner with Aydinlik glancing home from close range in the middle.

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It was probably a fair scoreline at the break but the Tigers quickly gained a foothold after the resumption and led for the first time in the 49th minute.

On the counter, Brown charged towards goal before shifting the ball onto his right and drilling home hard and low into the bottom corner.

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Hull had further chances to extend their lead, the best of which fell for Ajay Weston, whose bullet header whistled just over the bar.

Wednesday rallied late and created three big chances in the final 10 minutes.

An Adam Adetoro header clipped the top of the crossbar, Cook’s powerful strike was bravely blocked by Jospeh Johnson and Reece Johnson’s glancing header across goal was met by Fernandes, who smashed into the side-netting from an acute angle.

SWFC: Hall, Maltby, Adetoro, Flannery, Siqueira, Thornton, Shipston, Reed (Johnson 78), Phuthi, Fernandes, Cook


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