Publish date: 2022-07-03 00:25:18 | Author: Johnny Edward | Source: punchng.com
Super Eagles goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye, made his first appearance for Watford as they were beaten 3-1 by Cambridge United at the club’s London Colney training ground on PUNCH Sports Extra reports.
His compatriots, Emmaunel Dennis and William Troost-Ekong did not feature in the encounter.
New head coach Rob Edwards started the game with new signing Vakoun Bayo – the striker’s £5m move from Charleroi.
The first half team also included 19-year-old striker Tiago Cukur, who earned his first full international cap for Turkey last month, and 18-year-old midfielder Adian Manning, who has been at the club since he was nine and recently signed a pro contract and Tom Dele-Bashiru, who spent last season on loan at Reading, was in midfield.
Okoye was beaten in the 16th minute when Harvey Knibbs received the ball on the edge of the box and scored with an angled shot into the bottom corner.
The 22-year-old was among the made eight changes Edwards made at the break, including pairing Joao Pedro with Kwadwo Baah up front.
He was replaced by Daniel Bachmann who went on to concede two goals.
Northern Ireland U-21 international midfielder JJ McKiernan, who moved to Vicarage Road from Andover Town in 2018, was introduced as was defender Mattie Pollock.
A minute into the second half the visitors extended their lead as Jack Lankester’s shot was parried by Daniel Bachmann but Joe Ironside forced the rebound into the net.
The same two players then combined four minutes later, Lankester sliding the ball into the path of Ironside to make it 3-0.
There were three more changes for Watford just after the hour mark, including a run-out for Ryan Holding, the 18-year-old defender who signed from Stockport County in May.
In the 68th minute, the Hornets pulled a goal back. Baah was the creator, cutting the ball back across the face of goal for James Morris to score – but that was as good as it was to get for Watford.
Watford’s next friendly game is against Bolton Wanderers which comes up on Tuesday, July 12.
Meanwhile, other pre-season friendly games lined up for the Hornets are Wycombe Wanderers, Millwall and Southampton.