Young Terriers defeated at home by strong Wednesday side
- Huddersfield Town B defeated 0-3 in friendly
- Young side went up against an experienced Sheffield Wednesday team
- Preparations underway for Premier League Cup game on Friday
Huddersfield Town’s B Team suffered a home defeat on Tuesday afternoon as they lost 0-3 to Sheffield Wednesday in a friendly.
Our youngsters went up against an experienced Sheffield Wednesday team who had the likes of Callum Paterson and Jack Hunt in their starting line-up.
Despite going up against players who play in the League One senior side, our B Team showed unwavering effort as they pushed to try and test the Owls.
Our visitors had the first chance of the game in the third minute as Rio Shipston shot from 20 yards out after being crossed the ball, but this was blocked brilliantly by Ernaldo Krasniqi to send the shot wide.
As Wednesday advanced down the right side of the pitch towards Town’s corner flag, Tom Iorpenda battled well to regain possession before a dangerous ball was crossed into the box.
Another great block was produced by Town as Hunt found Malik Wilks on the edge of the area, but Luke Daley did enough to block his shot wide and deny the chance. This was closely followed by Dennis Adeniran, who tried his luck with a volley, but this went straight to Josh Mazfari.
Great skill was shown by captain Connor Shanks as he went past a Wednesday defender and shot from close range, but he was too close to Cameron Dawson, and he saved the shot comfortably.
Wednesday’s midfielder Shipston drove the ball forwards and fancied his chance from outside the box, but this went wide and out for a goal kick to Town.
The first goal for our opposition came in the 17th minute through two former Town players as Jaden Brown’s deep cross into the box is met by the head of Hunt and was sent into the top far corner.
Great play was seen from Town as 17-year-olds Joseph Johnson and Tom Iorpenda worked together and found Shane Marrodza on the left. The left-back sent an excellent low cross to Shanks in the box, but he stumbled over his feet and kicked the ball out for a goal kick to Sheffield Wednesday.
Charles Ondo was unable to play on after sustaining an injury and was replaced by Cian Philpott in the 29th minute.
The Owls looked to double their lead as Hunt delivered a cross into the box to find the head of Paterson, but this was blocked well by David Adewoju.
Sheffield Wednesday had two further chances before the half time break as Dennis Aderinan broke the offside line and latched onto the ball, but he shot well wide as he tried to chip Mazfari and Wilks then shot straight at our shot-stopper from 20 yards out. The second chance came just before the whistle as midfielder Tyreeq Bakinson shot wide from 25 yeards.
The second half started even between the two sides as neither team had a real chance until the 53rd minute when the Owls scored their second goal. Substitute Will Trueman produced an excellent first-time finish as he swept home a cross and doubled the lead.
Our ‘keeper made a great touch as he went low and made the save on his left to deny Jack Hunt his second goal of the game.
The South Yorkshire side scored their third goal in the 70th minute after the referee blocked Philpott, which allowed Bakinson to advance into the Town area. While his initial shot was blocked, he fired in the rebound.
Michael Stone had an immediate impact on the team after he was brought on as he turned a man and sent a great cross towards Shanks, but this just evaded him.
As Town looked for their consolation goal, a good passing move ended with Shank’s shot from 25 yards, but he slipped as he hit the ball and sent it straight to Dawson. This was the last chance of the game and our youngsters were defeated in the friendly.
Town’s Team (4-2-3-1)
Josh Mazfari; Joseph Johnson, David Adewoju, Luke Daley, Shane Maroodza; Ernaldo Krasniqi, Tom Iorpenda; Donay O’Brien-Brady (Fope Deru, 71’), Jon Russell (Michael Stone, 71’), Connor Shanks (c); Charles Ondo (Cian Philpott, 29’)