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First-half report

12 November 2013

Tarkowski villain turned hero

James Tarkowski was the villain turned hero for Latics in the opening half of their Johnstone's Paint Trophy Northern Area Quarter Final against Notts County at Boundary Park.

It was an error from Tarkowski which led to Ronan Murray firing County ahead.

Tarkowski then made amends by netting the equaliser before a penalty from Danny Philliskirk handed Latics a 2-1 interval lead.

Latics were desperately unlucky not to take a third minute lead when Philliskirk cut in from the right and saw his left-foot curler strike the far upright.

Philliskirk went close again firing a couple of yards wide, again from outside the penalty area.

Jonson Clarke-Harris then bent a shot towards the far corner only for keeper Fabian Spiess to pull off a super save low to his right to push the ball to safety.

Having completely dominated the opening, Latics fell behind against the run of play in the 13th minute.

Murray wriggled free of a challenge from Tarkowski and slotted home a neat finish from an acute angle.

County should have made it 2-0 when Gary Liddle had a free header from Alan Sheehan's corner, but failed to hit the target from eight yards.

Keeper Paul Rachubka then had to make a diving save to deny Joss Labadie as County suddenly found themselves in the ascendancy.

Latics equalised just short of the half hour when Korey Smith delivered a delightful cross from the right and Tarkowski, who had stayed upfield following a free kick, shot high into the roof of the net at the far post from inside the six-yard box.

They took the lead after winning a 44th minute penalty following a challenge from Yoann Arquin on James Dayton.

Philliskirk stepped forward to smash the spot kick high into the roof of the net, his fifth goal of the season. 

Half-time: Latics 2, Notts County1

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