SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Waxing lyrical on Lavery

Sheffield Wednesday v Birmingham City.....GOAL...Owls Caolan Lavery celebrates his first goal
Sheffield Wednesday v Birmingham City.....GOAL...Owls Caolan Lavery celebrates his first goal
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Our Sheffield Wednesday blogger Danny Wearin waxes lyrical about Northern Irishman Caolan Lavery.

He writes...

Caolan Lavery was at the double once again as he netted his second brace for the Owls in their 4-1 victory over Birmingham City.

Lavery scored two stunning goals to help earn Sheffield Wednesday a vital win over the Blues and made it his second senior career brace following the two goals against Leeds United back in January.

The 21 year old opened the scoring in style with a timely strike into the bottom corner and marked his goal by revealing a messag: “Get Well Soon Mum” on a blue vest under his shirt.

He later revealed that his Mother had got breast cancer and had undergone an operation.

Lavery and the rest of the team continued to have the edge and marched into a commendable 3-0 lead shortly after half time.

On 68 minutes the Northern Ireland Under-21 smashed home a right footed shot into the top right hand corner of Birmingham’s net to seal a very impressive win and an incredible performance by the Wednesday forward.

Lavery began his English career at Ipswich Town and spent two years there before being offered his first professional contract.

He turned down the offer and went on to have unsuccessful trials at Sunderland and Leicester City.

He then joined the Owls in the summer of 2012 and Dave Jones brought him in to be part of the youth development squad.

He was sent out on loan to Southend United to gain valuable playing time and debuted against Oxford United.

Lavery only played three games for Southend before returning to S6.

In August 2013, Lavery finally made his league debut for the Owls as he was a second half substitute in Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat to Burnley.

He went on to play games against Millwall and Barnsley but failed to score his first league goal.

Jones loaned Lavery out again, this time to Plymouth Argyle where he scored his first senior career goal against Bury.

The Canadian born, Northern Irish forward scored three goals in eight successful outings for Argyle before being recalled to Hillsborough by soon to be permanent head coach Stuart Gray.

Leeds United were the visitors and Lavery come on in the second half and scored his first and second Wednesday goals in the final 10 minutes of the 6-0 demolishing.

Lavery has since gone on to making five starting appearances for the Owls and was back in scoring form when Birmingham City travelled to Hillsborough on Saturday.

In my opinion Lavery has always impressed when he’s given the chance.

If he’s not on the score sheet then he contributes in other ways and showed on Saturday that he can be versatile and play on the wing.

Himself and Chris Maguire looked threatening on both wings to support Athde Nuhiu and Leon Best upfront.

After his eight game loan spell at Plymouth Argyle, he came back hungry for goals and proved that with his quick fire brace against Leeds.

The youngster will look to add to his tally of four goals for the Owls and help secure Championship safety in the coming weeks.