West Brom fans took to invade the pitch and taunted Wolves after beating them in Friday night’s much anticipated U23 PL Cup Final.
It was the Baggies under 23s who came out victorious and lifted the Premier League Cup trophy after beating their rivals, but it had to go down to spot kicks.
In what was described to be a thrilling final played in front of more than 7,000 fans (1,982 away) at The Hawthorns, the two sides finished with the scoreline at 2-2 draw after 120 minutes played.
Both teams missed a number of penalties as the shoot-out went to sudden death, though Ethan Ingram stepped up and won the final for West Brom, 5-4.
West Brom’s side included eight players who grew up within 15 miles of the Baggies’ ground, with Ted Cann (Manchester), Ethan Ingram (Gloucester) and Quevin Castro (East Anglia) the only exceptions, report Express and Star.
Majority of the first half saw Wolves dominate with the ball, only for the hosts to break the deadlock with a well worked goal, starting with left wing-back Zac Ashworth playing the ball to Tom Fellows on the right with Castro getting on the end of a cross sent in a buried the ball into the back of the net from close range.
Wolves, looking the get an equaliser, continued to show just how strong there were when it comes to possession, and this led to West Brom sitting back and counter.
Those in gold and blacks finally found their breakthrough, scoring after half an hour thanks to Harkin heading in from close range after Hugo Bueno’s cross.
The second-half saw both sides reluctant to give caution, with Baggies shot stopper Ted Cann denying Dexter Lembikisa, while Wolves’ Luke Cundle and Joe Hodge couldn’t score from their opportunities in front of goal.
Wolves thought they had won the game in extra time when Hugo Bueno fired home a sublime individual by getting past Ethan Ingram went into the box and saw his low drive effort go in.
But in the 110th minute West Brom got a leveller, Ashworth produced a long throw, Taylor flicked the ball on. and Mo Faal acrobatically turned the ball in.
West Brom (3-4-3): Cann, Hall (Williams 117), Taylor, Nguepissi, Ingram, Teixeira, Andrews, Ashworth, Fellows (Richards 70), Faal, Castro (Malcolm 81).
Wolves (3-5-2): Sondergaard, Mosquera, Marques, Hubner, Lembikisa (Bertwistle 113), Griffiths (Perry 75), Hodge, Cundle, Bueno, Harkin (Shabani 96), Campbell.
Twitter users reacted as West Brom fans invade pitch and taunt Wolves after beating them in the U23 PL Cup Final…
That was reasonable. Well done the U23’s. #wba@ZacAshworth2 @Quevincastro16 pic.twitter.com/RnnFTNsEts
— Cal Scriven (@CalScriven) May 13, 2022
They thought they could win at the Hawthorns for the first time since 1996
They were singing about us getting battered everywhere we go
One of their players shushes us after he scores his penalty
But only one team was celebrating at full time 🤫😂💙 #WBA pic.twitter.com/vpm6AtAnfa
— Glenn Thompson (@glennthompson85) May 14, 2022
sat in the wolves end tonight with two pals who are wolves fans but up the fucking baggies man ahahaha #wba pic.twitter.com/3JDWuz0fdf
— cy (@cyDepayy) May 13, 2022
Great night watching the u23’s 🏆 #wba pic.twitter.com/NgYADcBID3
— Megan (@Megan_WBA) May 14, 2022
Your support on Friday was incredible.
Thank you for making the historic night that little bit more special. It meant the world to our young lads. 💙 pic.twitter.com/QGkdQxJ72E
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) May 14, 2022
Under-23’s game pic.twitter.com/ZR4fCNx10z
— Tim Spiers (@TimSpiers) May 13, 2022
Not the brightest bulb is Tim pic.twitter.com/wrZxKynQfZ
— Timmu Toom (@TimmuToom) May 13, 2022
Football. Fucking Hell #wba pic.twitter.com/3YzsMYBIIR
— Andy Carroll (@WorBigAndy) May 13, 2022
@SilentOtto12: Fuck me they bottled it big time.
@JWba1996: So rattled 😂😂😂😂😂😂
@woodall1970: Only thing premier about them
@DimmockJack: Well it’s safe to say that has pretty much summed up their season up, running in the pitch in a kids cup final to give stick the us😂😭, what a state that club is in, this is literally their highlight of the season 🤭 #embarrassing
@wolvespremier: Under 14’s on the pitch ffs 🤣🤣
@NatEvaJudeD: How come your lot didn’t go on? Stopped by 10 stewards 🥴
@NatMansell: It’s a 26 year long tradition 🤷🏻♀️
@bigdiscodave: 26 years Tim. (TWENTY SIX) #wba
@Ververliebaggie: You Mean U23 Final Timmty 😂😂😂😂😂😂aft and then dispatched you…. We even rested Gardner-Hickman to give you a fair chance 😉
@clevely_jacob: @BDavies1_ imagine crying about fans caring about u23s game when ur fans sold out within 15 mins to play us 🤣🤣
@AllThingsWBAFC: You’ll never beat the Albion tiny tim
@D3adpool1979: Don’t go pretending that your lot wouldn’t have done the same thing if the boot was on the other foot 😂
@JoshuaHarlow13: Inject the tears
@sxmwilkinson97: 🤣🤣🤣 even the under 23s couldn’t beat us at home, must be a bogey ground for the dingles
@WillS20041: Can’t be the only one thinking this is weird
@satsomboon: WBA beating wolves at any level 😳 seems bottle jobs runs down from the senior squad through to the under 23’s 😔 😟 🙁
@abbowwfc: Fucking tin pot 😂😂
@WBABrett: Hahaha like you lot wouldn’t be on here now giving it the big un that you’ve finally won at the Hawthorns after 25 years. Go and get them Portugal pajamas on and off bed you pop 😂😂😭😭