Wolves 5 (Keita 24, 43, Reid 55, 76, Upton 89)
Burton Albion 0
With CEO Jez Moxey, head coach Kenny Jackett and a strong contingent of first team back room staff and players looking on at Molineux, the Wolves under 18s made it through to the second round of the FA Youth Cup following a 5-0 victory over Burton Albion.
The visitors made a bright start to the game and the first two chances went their way. In the third minute Mark Shelton hit a low shot from 20-yards that flew inches wide and then keeper Scott Dutton turned the ball behind at his near post after Leandro Browne had cut in from the left and hit an angled drive.
Marcus Harness should have put Burton in front in the 17th minute but from an unmarked position just eight yards out he swung a foot at the ball and sent it wide after a pinpoint cross from Ben Fox.
A good run by Tendai Matinyadze took him past two defenders to the by-line. He pulled the ball back to Peter Smith who ran in and hit a low shot that clipped the base of the far post before going behind.
Wolves went close again in their next attack as Alex Horton pulled off an athletic save to tip over Cieron Keane’s dipping volley. But the keeper was beaten in the 24th minute.
Horton managed to push out Ryan Rainey’s glancing header from Keane’s corner but Ibrahim Keita pounced to hook the ball over his shoulder and into the net from inside the six-yard box.
After a slow start the home side were now beginning to make their presence felt and after Declan Weeks fired narrowly over from long range, Bradley Reid (pictured) chased down a long clearance and looked a certain scorer until Isaac Currie slid in with a superb saving tackle to deny the Welsh striker.
In the 34th minute another Keane corner again led to a goal. This time Ashley Carter nodded the ball back and Keita got his second of the night as he converted from close range.
Two minutes before the break Burton striker Sam Austin raced clear but he was thwarted by Dutton who bravely saved at the striker’s feet as he ran into the area.
Wolves were soon back on the attack and Horton made a fine diving save from Keane following a Weeks corner.
Half-Time: Wolves 2 Burton 0
Five minutes after the restart Harness was a fraction away from reducing the deficit but his crisp drive came back off the inside of the post and ran to a defender who cleared.
Wolves, however, went three up in the 55th minute as Reid met Keane’s cross at the far post and hit an angled shot past Horton.
Then, twice in the space of a minute, the woodwork came to the visitors rescue. Keita looked odds on to complete his hat-trick as he met Rainey’s cross but his header struck the post and bounced to safety. Then Reid saw his shot take a deflection and loop over the keeper only to bounce back off the crossbar.
Despite facing a mountainous task, Burton refused to give up the chase and Shelton and Fox both went extremely close to finding the target.
After 76 minutes came a fourth Wolves goal with Smith pulling the ball back for Weeks to help it on to Reid who found the corner of the net with a sweetly struck shot from the edge of the box.
A minute from the end, two substitutes combined for Wanderers’ fifth goal with Regan Upton tucking the ball away after being set up by Jesse Devers.
In the second round of the competition Wolves have another home tie against either Peterborough United or Notts County.
Wolves: Dutton, Rainey, O’Hanlon, Weeks (capt), Pedersen, Carter, Smith, Matinyadze (Upton 66), Reid, Keita (Devers 76), Keane (Stringer-Moth 66).
Unused subs: Burgoyne, Hayden.
Burton: Horton, O’Brien, Allen (Hunter 62), Fox, Currie, Jones, Doyle, Shelton, Austin (Markall 45), Harness, Browne (Murfin 76).
Unused subs: Hornby, Thorpe.
Referee: J. Clark.