Caolan Lavery’s double helped lead Sheffield Wednesday’s Under-21s side to a 3-2 victory over Coventry City 3-2 this afternoon.
The striker, who made his Owls senior debut as a second half substitute in the recent defeat to Burnley, struck either side of half-time and a delightful free kick from Rhys McCabe ensured the Owls edged a five goal thriller at Hillsborough.
Watched on by manager Dave Jones, first-team players Reda Johnson and Jacques Maghoma got 61 and 82 minutes under their belts respectively.
It was Coventry who broke the deadlock in the fourth minute from the penalty spot after Rafael Floro was adjudged to have pulled back Lewis Rankin, with Mathieu Manset making no mistake from 12 yards.
Their joy was short-lived as Wednesday equalised immediately courtesy of Lavery, who latched on to Rhys McCabe’s clever through ball before coolly rounding Lee Burge and tapping into an unguarded net.
Wednesday should have taken the lead in the 11th minute through Emmanuel Dieseruvwe but he headed Floro’s inviting cross straight at Burge.
Moments later, Lavery burst forward at pace, got to the byline and cut the ball back to Jacques Maghoma, whose weak shot was hacked off the line by Aaron Phillips.
The hosts continued to apply the pressure and Dieseruvwe’s looping header from Adam Hinchliffe’s corner rattled off the crossbar and bounced to safety.
Lee Bullen’s side did not have it all their own way, with Ben Maund forcing Adam Davies into a smart stop after good play by Leon Lobjoit.
Phillips and Louis Garner combined effectively on the right flank but the latter’s low right drive was gathered by Davies at the second attempt.
Another rampaging run from Maghoma resulted in Paul Corry firing straight at Burge on the half hour mark.
Coventry regained the lead six minutes after the interval as Rankin nipped in front of Floro, playing out of position at right-back, before poking home from close range.
But Wednesday hit back instantly yet again and Floro made amends as his long diagonal ball released Lavery. He cut inside Jordan Willis and unleashed an unstoppable left foot shot into the bottom corner.
McCabe demonstrated his fine passing range in the 56th minute, with the former Glasgow Rangers midfielder putting in Khallil Lambin and the substitute fired against the upright.
But Wednesday kept on pressing and McCabe curled in a stunning free kick just after the hour mark, having been brought down by Lobjoit on the edge of the area, to seal their come-from-behind victory.
Wednesday: Davies; Floro, McKenzie, Fenwick, R Johnson (Harvey 62); Maghoma (Dawes 82), McCabe, Hinchliffe (Lambin 51), Corry; Lavery, Dieseruvwe. Substitutes: Dawson, Hanna.