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Emphatic Win For Youth Team

6 October 2014

The Oldham Athletic youth team have now gone over 500 minutes without conceding a goal after another emphatic 5-0 victory over Preston North End.

Rahul Palmer, Callum Etches, George Edmondson and Devante Jacobs gave the young Latics a 4-0 lead at half time.

Lee Knight added a fifth after half time to seal a comfortable victory which sends them through to the quarter final of the Youth Alliance Cup.

The result also means the youngsters have now gone six games without conceding a single goal.

Latics took the lead early in the game through an unlikely source. Jack Tuohy's corner found the head of Etches and Palmer scrambled the ball over the line to give the hosts the lead.

Minutes later, Etches got himself on the scoresheet after another Tuohy corner into the box. The goal was the youngster's second goal in all competitions this season.

Tuohy's corners were causing the Lilywhites a problem and he made them pay again just after the half hour mark. This time, central defender Edmondson rose highest and forced the ball over the line to put Latics in control.

Three became four just before the break as great team play saw the ball fall to Jacobs on the left-hand side. He cut inside his defender and struck from 18 yards into the bottom corner to give the home side a healthy lead at the break.

Preston came out showing intent in the second half but the defence stayed resolute and kept the strikers at bay.

Neat interplay between Jordache Walters and Knight saw the latter place the ball beyond the goalkeeper to seal a 5-0 victory over a Preston side that sit near the top of the league.

Youth Team manager Tony Philliskirk heaped praise on his youngsters after another impressive performance.

He said: "We had seven of our first team players missing through injury and the youngsters which came in were just excellent. We were dominant in everything we did and we moved the ball quickly."

"They were a much bigger team than us but we scored three corners so it shows our desire to win. It was a complete team performance and I could not be more delighted.

"It was a sublime performance and we played some good slick football mixing it up with aggression when we needed to. We have got good pace in the team and they have the bit between their teeth at the moment and they are rising to every challenge that is put in front of them."

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