Under-18s fight back for derby win

Wolves 4 (Corbeanu 60 & 70, Hodnett 87, Carty 90) West Bromwich Albion 2 (Thorndike 12, Gilbert 73)

Theo Corbeanu’s second-half brace inspired Wolves under-18s to a Black Country derby victory over West Bromwich Albion.

Steve Davis’ were trailing 1-0 at the break, before completely transforming the game in the second-half with additional goals from Jack Hodnett and Conor Carty, following Corbeanu’s impact.  

Wolves suffered in the opening half, after failing to take their chances, they fell behind when Jovan Malcolm found the head of Finley Thorndike to put Albion ahead.

However, Wolves were much improved after the break. The equaliser arrived following a great run from by Hugo Bueno, who released Corbeanu to score with a right-footed shot into the bottom left corner.

Wolves then fell behind again when West Brom caught them on the counter attack, however, as a left-footed shot from substitute Alex Gilbert put West Brom back in front.

The goals kept on coming and Wolves were level once again just minutes later when Corbeanu was brought down in the penalty box and dusted himself off to convert from 12 yards out.

Wolves took the lead for the first time in the contest in dramatic fashion through substitute Hodnett, who volleyed home three minutes from time.

The scoring was then completed by Carty, who made sure of victory with a shot from outside the box.


Manager Steve Davis felt his team improved throughout the game as they began to “control the game” better.

“I thought we started poorly. I thought the first 10 – 15 minutes they were better than us. We invited a bit pressure with how we played out, but we didn't carry that out very well. Once we conceded we grew into the game. I thought we did well for 25 minutes up to half-time.

“We controlled large aspects of the second-half, we just had to be aware of the counter attacks which obviously caught us out for their second goal. I thought we were more dangerous, the goals were of high quality and the substitutions made a huge impact as well. It’s a squad game, we need everybody, and I’m pleased with the way they went about the game.”


The under-18s face a tough away fixture as they play league leaders Manchester City on Saturday 5th October, 12pm kick-off. A week later Wolves will return home to face Everton at Compton Park.


5/10 Manchester City (A)

19/10 Everton (H)

2/11 Manchester United (A)

9/11 Derby County (A)

30/11 Newcastle United (A)


Wolves: Young, Abbey, Estrada, Tipton, Scott, Bueno (Harkin 90+2), Corbeanu, Parker, Sangare, (Carty 45), Cundle ©, Campbell (Hodnett 87).

Unused Subs: Smith, Burgarin.

West Brom: Cann, Ingram (Afoka 90+1), Delaney, King, Williams, Taylor, Malcolm (Fellows 71), Iroegbunam (Andrews 90+1), Wakeling, Thorndike ©, Gilbert.

Unused Subs: Ashworth, Emery.

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