FIRST-team manager Dave Jones watched on as Sheffield Wednesday’s development squad comprehensively beat Dinnington Town last night.
The youthful visitors, who consisted of a number of trialists, raced into a 3-0 lead after 38 minutes. Town improved after the break and deservedly grabbed a late consolation through Jack Stephenson.
Lee Bullen’s men dominated the early stages and opened the scoring in the 23rd minute after a lovely move involving impressive duo Caolan Lavery and Harry Grant, with the latter elegantly dinking the ball over the on-rushing Andy Thornton. Steven Moore tried and failed to clear the shot off the line.
The lively Lavery doubled Wednesday’s lead three minutes later as he unleashed a fierce shot from distance which flew past Thornton.
The hosts briefly threatened to reduce the deficit, Ant Lynam blazed over when well-placed before Thomas Fairweather rattled the crossbar with a rasping shot just after the half hour mark.
But the Owls put the result beyond doubt seven minutes before the interval, Grant rifling a left foot shot into the bottom corner after neat interplay between Lavery and Corey Gregory on the right flank.
Shorn of the services of several senior players due to injuries, Town changed their personnel and formation to try and nullify Wednesday’s threat, leaving Lynam up front on his own for long periods.
Striker Jarrod Kyle, who was the Owls academy Player of the Year last season, came off the bench and missed two glorious chances to make Wednesday’s victory more emphatic. However, Patrick Antelmi made no mistake with 10 minutes remaining as he beat Town’s off-side trap before coolly firing home.
Sloppy defending allowed Stephenson to pull one back and he nearly bagged a second in the 87th minute but his audacious chip from 30 yards out was acrobatically saved by Cameron Dawson.
Bullen said: “I was very pleased with the way the team performed and they took on board a lot of the things we encouraged them to do.”