Sheffield Wednesday: Trio feature as Owls kids are held to home draw

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Three senior Owls players got valuable game time in the development squad’s entertaining 1-1 draw at home to Coventry City.

Watched on by head coach Carlos Carvalhal, left-back Joe Bennett, Jose Semedo and Alex Lopez were all given run-outs at Hillsborough yesterday.

Jose Semedo

Jose Semedo

Scouts from Sunderland, Burnley and Wigan attended the fixture as Wednesday’s Under-21s stretched their unbeaten run to three outings.

Striker Keenan King, on a youth loan deal from Leicester City, gave the hosts the upperhand on the stroke of half-time, slotting home following a goalkeeping error by Konrad Skuza.

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On the hour mark, Jack Stobbs wasted a glorious chance to double the Owls’ lead from the penalty spot after Dion Kelly-Evans was adjudged to have tripped Ryan Croasdale, who caught the eye playing in an unfamiliar right-back role. Stobbs, who made one senior appearance for Wednesday almost two years ago, blazed over from 12 yards out.

They were made to pay for that miss in the 62nd minute when George Thomas prodded home from inside the six-yard box after a superb jinking run by substitute Ruben Lameiras.

Cameron Dawson enhanced his reputation by pulling off a stunning save to tip Kyle Spence’s rasping right foot drive on to the crossbar as the Sky Blues pushed for a winner.

Fresh from scoring a double for England’s Under-17 side, George Hirst, the son of Owls legend David, should have won it late on but some how volleyed over Warren Clarke’s centre.

n OWLS: Dawson; Croasdale, De Havilland, Beatson, Bennett (Lee 49); Stobbs, Semedo, Lopez (Clarke 80), Meadows; King (Hirst 63), Centeno. Substitutes: Booker, McDonagh.