Sheffield Wednesday crashed out of the FA Youth Cup at the first hurdle after a comprehensive 5-0 home defeat to Stoke City last night.
Watched by Owls head coach Stuart Gray, the Under-18s should have taken the lead early on in their third round clash through Brad Beatson, who headed over Matthew Penney’s corner.
The visitors made Wednesday pay for that miss, scoring four times in 21 first half minutes. Julien N’Goy, Oliver Roberts, Oliver Shenton and Lewis Banks registered to put the Premier League outfit in complete control.
Stoke grabbed a fifth in the 55th minute after goalkeeper Ben Jackson, drafted in on an emergency loan deal from Liverpool to cover the injured Brad McDonagh, allowed Lee Pickerill’s cross to slip through his fingers and into the net.
George Hirst, the son of Owls legend David, impressed after coming on as a second half substitute but, despite their best efforts, the hosts failed to grab a late consolation.
Owls: Jackson; Foster (Ellam HT), O’Grady, Beatson, Stachini (Preston 81); Stobbs, Clarke, Penney, Tracey, Brown, Duffy (Hirst 67). Substitutes: Law, Fusco.