Stoke City’s U-23 side defeated the Wolverhampton Casuals on Tuesday night to advance to the Staffordshire Senior Cup Final. The Stoke Ladies were victorious as well, claiming the women’s competition title against Sporting Khalsa.
For the 37th time, Stoke will play for the Staffordshire Cup. The U-23’s recorded a 3-0 win against the Casuals, Jack Devlin led the way with a brace and Daniel Jarvis scored the final goal of the match.
How it Happened
The Potters looked the far more dangerous side in the first half, as Devlin was unlucky not to score twice in the opening 20 minutes of the match. An attempt was cleared off the line in the tenth minute and another hit the crossbar in the 17th minute.
Devlin finally found the back of the net in the first half stoppage time to give Stoke a 1-0 advantage at the break.
In the second half, Devlin caused more problems for the Casuals defense, as he netted his second goal just a few minutes into the second half to put Stoke up 2-0. More chances came to the Potters in the remaining minutes of the match, as Jarvis closed out the result with a goal in the 89th minute to make it 3-0.
Harry Isted started the match in net and records the clean sheet for Stoke.
This is the first win for the U-23’s since Feb. 20 and is their second largest margin of victory this season.
Up next, Stoke will await the winner of Hednesford Town and Chasetown, who will meet in the other semifinal. The final match of the competition is slated to take place on April 26.
Stoke Ladies Win Staffordshire Cup
The Stoke Ladies team claimed the Staffordshire Ladies Challenge Cup with a 4-0 win over Sporting Khalsa. They were led by goals from Jamilla Palmer, Millie Elson, Kelsey Richardson and Harriet Wellings.