West Brom win reserve Black Country derby

Kemar Roofe’s second-half thunderbolt clinched victory for West Bromin the Black Country ‘mini-derby’ at the Hawthorns.

West Brom under-21s 1 Wolves under-21s 0

Kemar Roofe’s second-half thunderbolt clinched victory for West Bromin the Black Country ‘mini-derby’ at the Hawthorns.

Winger Roofe rifled home a long-range shot 16 minutes from full-time to settle a low-key game as Wolves manager Dean Saunders watched from the visitors’ dug-out.

Wolves winger Stephen Hunt continued his comeback from a hip injury with a 45-minute run-out with new signing Lee Evans also figuring alongside second-half substitute Zeli Ismail, who was allowed to play under the terms of his loan at MK Dons.

Albion handed a 90-minute appearance to Scottish midfielder Scott Allan, who impressed as David Oldfield’s men won the Under-21 Premier League Elite Group clash.

Wolves’ Sam Whittall headed over after 10 minutes and Dorus De Vries saved from Albion’s Romaine Sawyers 11 minutes later.

Albion worked another decent opening but Samir Nabi sent his shot over the crossbar.

Wolves’ Jack Price then cleared off the line after James Hurst connected with Roofe’s corner.

Wolves had the first chance of the second half as Jack Price raced onto a Sam Winnall pass but was denied by Baggies keeper Luke Daniels in a one-on-one.

The game was  enlivened in spectacular style by Roofe’s winner. He picked up possession 25 yards out and looked up briefly before blasting a wonderful right-footed shot into the top right-hand corner.

West Brom (4-2-3-1): Daniels; Hurst, Atkinson, O’Neil, Smart; Birch, Allan; Roofe (Wedderburn 85), A Nabi, S Nabi (I Brown 75); Sawyers. Subs not used: Pace, Francis, Palmer (GK).

Wolves (4-4-2): De Vries; Cranston, Tank, Ihiekwe, Reckord; Price, Evans, Whittall, Hunt (Ismail HT); McAlinden (Parry 75), Winnall.  Subs not used: Jakobsson, Kellermann, Cotman (GKk).

Referee: Martin Dexter (Leicestershire)

Attendance: 446.