Following a convincing 2-0 win over Sudeva Delhi FC at the Reliance Corporate Park (RCP) in Navi Mumbai tonight, Wolverhampton Wanderers advanced to the final of the Reliance Foundation presents Premier League Next Generation Cup. The Wolves completed a spotless performance with goals in each half to guarantee their place in the summit matchup against Stellenbosch FC on Friday, May 26.
Right away, the majority of possession belonged to the wolves. They sought to put Sudeva under strain gradually. The Sudeva side was progressively pushed back into their own half as the defending kept its shape. The Premier League team quickly took advantage of the situation when, in the ninth minute, Nathan Fraser headed in an arcing corner kick from Owen Hesketh.
The Wolves made the most of their physical strength, especially on set-pieces, and this particular move was an excellent example of how they did it. They successfully defended the corner, and Hesketh immediately sent the ball to Fraser, who was waiting for it in the middle of the box. He leapt the tallest and expertly headed the ball into the goal to give the Wolves the lead in the match.
But Hesketh wasn’t finished yet. He stepped on to take a free kick later in the half right outside the 18-yard area. He cleanly beat the defensive wall, and the ball narrowly cleared the crossbar in what might have been a spectacular second goal of the game for the visiting club.
Wolverhampton Wanderers into the finals
But they didn’t have to wait long to double their advantage. Aaron Keto-Diyawa sent a quick pass to Dylan Scicluna just after the interval. And the midfielder made a great run into the Sudeva box to intercept it. To ensure that his team earned three points from this game, Scicluna calmly received the ball and tapped it past Sudeva goalkeeper Sachin Jha. However, Jha shone brightly for Sudeva in this difficult match.
With a stunning double save in the first half, the keeper turned heads. Jha blocked the shots to keep his team in the game at all times. Although Seilenthang Lotjem and Daniel made several impressive excursions forward for Sudeva. It frequently seemed as though the Wolves were challenging their team in the penalty area.
Wolves will now enter the finals having kept a clean sheet in each of their first three games. On the other hand, Bengaluru FC from Group A will be Sudeva’s opponent on Thursday.
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 (Nathan Fraser 9’, Dylan Scicluna 43’) – 0 Sudeva Delhi FC
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