Under-18s suffer Stoke defeat

Wolves 1 (Corbeanu 48) Stoke City 3 (Sankoh 2, Godfrinne 84, 87)

Wolves fell to a late defeat as Andre Godfrinne’s brace secured Stoke City victory.

Wolves suffered a nightmare start as an error allowed Mohamed Sankoh to open the scoring for Stoke after only two minutes.

Pushing for an equaliser, Wolves captain Jack Scott went closest in the first-half, as his powerful drive was turned behind for a corner. Soon after, Conor Carty also went close however, the keeper matched the effort once more.

Wolves finally got the equaliser they deserved at the start of the second-half. Moments after Kam Kandola cleared the ball of the line for Wolves, Theo Corbeanu found the back of the net. Closing down the keeper Xander Parke, his cleared ball hit Corbeanu, allowing him to slot into an empty net.

Both teams pushed for a winner late on, however it was Stoke who would take their chances.

A long ball from the back allowed substitute Godfrinne to head the ball into the net. Then, minutes later, Young’s clearance came back off Estrada, allowing Godfrinne to dribble the ball into the net for his second.


Steve Davis remains optimistic, despite the late defeat. He said: “I thought we were decent, particularly the second-half – the last 15 minutes we started to play in the first-half and then in the second half we dominated for large periods. We just made three dreadful mistakes for the goals.

“The first two minutes was a setback, conceding with a mistake. The same thing happened in the second-half when we are on top of the game, when you are in those type of situations, and for large periods you are controlling the game, the concentration has got to be there.

“You have to be prepared for the odd break, and we didn’t do that very well.”

Despite the outcome, Corbeanu’s goal was a highlight for Davis. He stated: “I thought we pressed well. Theo kept going, played it well, got a little touch and tapped it into the empty goal. I was pleased with that goal because I thought we deserved it at that point in the game.

“At that point I thought we would go on to push and win the game, but when you make mistakes it makes things very, very difficult.”


Wolves face a long away trip up to Liverpool in the Premier League Under-18s North.


01/02 | Liverpool (A)

15/02 | Sunderland (H)

22/02 | Middlesbrough (H)

29/02 | West Bromwich Albion (A)

14/03 | Manchester City (H)


Wolves: Young, Scott ©, Estrada, Tipton, Kandola, Bueno, Corbeanu, Parker (Abbey 65), Carty (Sangare 76), Cundle, Hodnett.

Subs not used: Pinnington, Harkin, Forrester.

Stoke City: Parke, Nash, E.Jones, Malone ©, Akandji, Macari, R.Jones (Verma 90), Sparrow, Sankoh, O’Driscoll-Varian (Verma 70), Sanali (Trailist 70).

Subs not used: Nixon, Robson.