Young side hits four past in-form Trotters- Town's Under-23s win at Bolton Wanderers
- Kane, Colville, Edmonds-Green & Carvalho score
- Highlights on #HTTV later this week
Town’s Under-23 side finished the Professional Development League season with aplomb on Monday evening, recording a great away victory over host Bolton Wanderers.
Senior Professional Development Coach Frankie Bunn’s young side has been in good form recently after a poor run of mid-season results and capped off a strong finish to the season with a fifth win in six games.
The result was even more impressive against a Bolton side that had was unbeaten in its previous 10 games, winning eight, and targeting a PDL Play-Off place ahead of the game.
The hosts started well, forcing Town back and with only a goal-line clearance denying Sam Lavelle an opener inside four minutes.
However, Bunn’s team – which was without injured goalkeeper George Dorrington; defender Dylan Cogill; winger Deshane Dalling or strikers Frank Mulhern and Cedwyn Scott – soon created the better chances, with home ‘keeper Will Jaaskelainen keeping out Jack Boyle brilliantly at the near post in the 19th minute.
The first goal of the game followed just before the half-hour mark, with Danny Kane heading Town ahead. A corner saw Academy scholar Luca Colville cross from the right, with the Irish centre back bundling home at close range for just his second of the campaign.
Jaaskelainen pulled off another great save in the 40th minute, tipping over a deflected effort from Town’s Academy winger Denilson Carvalho, but the custodian was powerless to stop Town doubling the advantage minutes later. The goal came from another cross from the right, with Carvalho sending a low ball across for Colville to convert.
Town netted a third in the 56th minute, with Kane’s fellow centre half Rarmani Edmonds-Green – another Under-18 scholar – converting a cross from 17 year-old forward Olly Dyson.
Bolton fought back and Town ‘keeper Luke Coddington was out sharply to smother the ball at the feet of Bolton’s Griffiths just before the hour mark, but the Trotters did get a goal back in the 61st minute when Hall slotted home; he collected the ball after his initial shot hit the post.
Bunn’s men restored the three goal advantage 10 minutes later, with Carvalho (pictured above) netting his fourth at Under-23 level. Similarly to Bolton’s first, he collected a rebound after his initial shot was saved and converted with a low strike.
Jaaskelainen prevented a Town fifth with a third super save of the game to deny Dyson as the minutes ticked away and it was Bolton who scored the game’s final goal with seven minutes remaining; George Newell powering home a penalty after Coddington fouled Hall.
Highlights from this game will appear on #HTTV later this week!
Town’s team (4-2-3-1):
Luke Coddington; Jamie Spencer, Danny Kane, Rarmani Edmonds-Green, Jordan Williams; Lewis O’Brien, Regan Booty (c); Luca Colville, Jack Boyle, Denilson Carvalho; Olly Dyson
Tadhg Ryan, Fraser Horsfall, Cameron Taylor, Ronan Coughlan
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