Middlesbrough 1 (Brobbel 15)
Wolves 4 (McAlinden 45, Bennett og 55, Whittall 58, Winnall 59)
The Wolves under 21s came storming back to record a 4-1 victory after falling behind to Middlesbrough at the north eastern club’s Rockliffe Park training ground. The win lifted the Molineux side to the top of the Group 3 table.
After an evenly fought out opening 15 minutes, Boro took the lead following an inswinging corner from Ryan Brobbel that was touched home by Matthew Dolan.
Wolves hit back strongly and almost levelled matters in the 23rd minute when Sam Winnall headed narrowly wide. Winnall featured again in Wolves’ next attack with a free-kick that again flashed agonisingly wide.
Play then entered a phase of virtually no clear cut chances for either side before Wolves drew level on the stroke of half-time.
The home defence failed to deal with Winnall’s low cross and Liam McAlinden had the easiest of conversions from close range for his second goal of the season.
Half-Time: Boro 1 Wolves 1
A spell of three goals in just four minutes then took the game out of Boro’s reach.
The first came in the 55th minute when Winnall fed Parry whose cross to the back post was headed into his own net by Andre Bennett.
On 58 minutes, Winnall’s shot bounced off a defender to McAlinden and his follow up hit the foot of the post. The ball ran kindly for the visitors, across the face of the goal, to Sam Whittall who converted from close in.
Winnall, who had played a part in all three goals, got onto the scoresheet himself a minute later. A backpass to Boro keeper Jamie Montgomery was only half cleared as far as Parry. He slipped the ball to Whittall who laid it off for Winnall to score with a left foot shot from the edge of the box.
Boro: Montgomery, Bennett, Weldon, Dolan, Burgess, Okosieme, Brobbel, Oliver, Wyke, Kneeshore, Fowler.
Subs: Sirrell, Ripley, Rivers, Waters, Edwards.
Wolves: Cotman, Kostrna, Cranston, Whittall, Ikiekwe, Ebanks-Landell, Parry (Iorfa 68), Kellerman, Winnall, McAlinden, Gorman.
Unused subs: Flatt, O’Neill, Keita.
Referee: G. Beswick.