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Cracker for Jacob

17 April 2013

Keeper plays a blinder for Latics' reserves

Goalkeeper Liam Jacob had a cracker to prevent Latics' reserves from suffering a heavier defeat than 2-0 by Tranmere Rovers in their Central League, West Division match at Chapel Road,

The Aussie (pictured) produced a string of superb saves to keep Latics alive and in the game until the dying minutes.

Former Latics' player Shaun Garnett's Tranmere team was packed with experienced professionals including former Latics' left-back Paul Black and they were too strong for Latics.

Latics, by contrast, had four trialists in their line up along with five scholars.

And it ressembled men against boys for much of the match though, to their credit, Latics produced a battling display.

Jacob made two excellent blocked in the opening period in which Cole Stockton struck an upright and David Amoo shot inches wide.

Latics fell behind soon after the restart when Michael Kay headed against the crossbar from a corner and, from the follow-up cross, Amoo had a free header from inside the six-yard box.

Jacob continued to excel with further important saves to deny Kay and Jake Kirby.

Latics had a great chance to equalise on the hour when trialist striker Victor Zapata-Caicedo raced clear, but saw his shot well saved by 6ft 9in Tranmere keeper Jason Mooney.

Jacob pulled off three unbelievable saves to turn Stockton's shot on to the crossbar, turn Joe Thompson's effort round the post for a corner and then deny Kirby.

The keeper was finally beaten for a second time in the 87th minute when Amoo raced clear on the right and his cross was converted by Stockton.

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