UPDATED: Michael Owen part of strong Stoke City side that beats Scunthorpe United
FORMER England international Michael Owen was part of the Stoke City side that beat Scunthorpe United 3-1 in a behind-closed-doors friendly this afternoon.
The former Liverpool and Manchester United front man spearheaded the attack of a strong Potters team that also included the likes of Cameron Jerome, Charlie Adam, Kenwyne Jones and Wilson Palacios.
Scunthorpe fell behind shortly before half-time when Dean Whitehead headed in Adam's cross, but they equalised soon after the break through Callum Howe.
The Premier League Potters withdrew most of their experienced names after an hour to be replaced by members of their under-21 squad.
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In the 78th minute the home side went back in front when two of their substitutes combined, Adam Thomas nodding in a cross from George Rigg at the back post.
And three minutes before the final whistle, Ed Sanders completed the hosts' hat-trick of headed goals when he scored following a free-kick.
David Mirfin, Eddie Nolan, Andy Barcham and Mike Grella were the more senior names of the Scunthorpe squad, which also included Christian Ribeiro.
He played 60 minutes of the clash as he steps up his recovery from a hamstring injury, despite boss Brian Laws saying on Saturday that he was not ready to play in the game.
STOKE: Nash; Palacios (Rigg 60), Jones (Heneghan 60), Sidibe (Sanders 60), Wilson (Westley 60); Pennant (Hall 60), Adam (Scott 60), Whitehead (Richardson 60), Shea (Thomas 60); Jerome (Alabi 27 (Musungu 81)), Owen (Rossi 60).
SCUNTHORPE: Severn, Ribeiro (Hare 60), Mirfin, Howe, Nolan, Adelakun, Hornsey, Sutton, Barcham, Grella, Jennings (K Wooton 60).