Sheffield Wednesday: McCabe stakes claim for Owls recall

Owls midfielder Rhys McCabe
Owls midfielder Rhys McCabe
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Rhys McCabe staked his claim for a first-team recall as Sheffield Wednesday’s Under-21s secured a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace today.

The Scottish midfielder, an unused substitute against Millwall, fired in a lovely low free kick which went in off the post to put the Owls ahead five minutes before the interval.

Watched on by Wednesday boss Stuart Gray at their Middlewood Road training ground, Manny Dieseruvwe doubled the hosts lead in the 53rd minute, scrambling the ball in from close range after Chris Kettings kept out trialist Will De Havilland’s powerful header following a dangerous corner by McCabe.

Palace reduced the deficit 12 minutes later as Mandela Egbo unleashed an unstoppable right foot effort from 30 yards past a helpless Joe Wildsmith.

The visitors piled on the pressure and it took a smart stop from Wildsmith to prevent Sullay Kaikai from levelling things up in the dying minutes as Lee Bullen’s side began their Professional Development League Two campaign with a win.

As well as De Havilland, Portuguese midfielder Erico Sousa, who has previously plied his trade at Barnsley, was also given an opportunity to earn a contract.

Bullen said: “There were some good performances against Premier League opposition but I was disappointed at our display after we went two nil up. Ultimately, I’m delighted with the win.”

Wednesday: Wildsmith; Young, De Haviland, Sanders (Beatson 73), Floro; Hanna, Corry, Croasdale, McCabe (Betra 80), Sousa (Stobbs 70); Dieseruvwe. Unused: Dawson, Law.