STOKE CITY 5 (Waring 11, 15, 40, 56, Dawson 88)
WEST BROMWICH ALBION 1 (O’Sullivan 16)
STOKE CITY’S Under-21s recorded an emphatic 5-1 victory over their West Bromwich Albion counterparts at Clayton Wood this afternoon.
First team trio Oussama Assaidi, Brek Shea and Jamie Ness all featured for the Potters but it was George Waring who stole the show by netting four goals in the victory, with Lucas Dawson also getting his name on the scoresheet against David Oldfield’s Baggies.
The watching manager Mark Hughes will have been impressed with the finishing of young striker Waring, whilst he will also be pleased to see Assaidi and Shea complete the full ninety minutes.
In a frantic start to the game, it was Waring who broke the deadlock on eleven minutes when he prodded home a back post header after great work from James Alabi.
He then showed good predatory instincts to follow up and put away a loose ball after Assaidi had seen his long-range strike crack the post.
West Brom hit back instantly to half the deficit as Mani O’Sullivan finished well past Daniel Bachmann from the edge of the area just seconds later.
Stoke restored the two goal cushion five minutes before half-time, however, when Waring grabbed his hat-trick with a diving header to meet Assaidi’s left wing cross.
He wasn’t finished there and scored his fourth of the game on 56 minutes with a well taken strike from the edge of the area.
Whilst the former-Everton frontman was a constant threat to the centre halves, Assaidi was proving to be a tricky customer out on the flank too and he brought the best out of West Brom’s new goalkeeper Lee Camp with ten minutes remaining when he tipped over a curling strike destined for the top corner.
Camp could do nothing about City’s late fifth when the substitute Dawson fired low and hard into the corner from 20 yards out after some exquisite skill from Assaidi got him past his man for the cross.
STOKE CITY: Bachmann, Keane (Watkins-Clark 45), Gomez-Nieto (Thomas 80), Ward, Grant, Heneghan, Assaidi, Ness (Dawson 60), Waring, Alabi, Shea. Subs (Not Used): Eve, Zapata-Caicedo.