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Fifth Clean Sheet As Youth Team Win Again.

29 September 2014

Two first half goals for the Oldham Athletic youth team saw them run out 2-0 winners over Blackpool at the weekend.

Devante Jacobs and Jack Tuohy's free kick sealed victory over the Seasiders who pipped Latics to the league title last year. 

Jacobs got the visitors off to a great start as they took the lead in the opening 15 minutes of the game. The youngster received the ball on the edge of the area, nicked it past his defender and smashed the ball past the goalkeeper giving Latics a 1-0 lead.

Tuohy doubled Latics' lead just after the half hour mark through a deflected free kick which deceived the goalkeeper and sent the visitors into the break ahead.

Blackpool did have chances to get back into the game but the youth team defence were resolute and held out for their fifth consecutive clean sheet.

Speaking about the performance, Head of Coaching, Simon Cooper, said: "We are delighted with the win but we know we can improve. To get the win when we didn't particularly play well is the sign of a good team, though. 

"Our ball retention needs to be better but you cannot take anything away from the lads for the win. I would rather come away from a game winning ugly rather than losing playing well. We still have a lot of hard work to do and some individuals need to improve but overall we are pleased with the win.

"It's five clean sheets in a row now and it's something that we didn't expect. We have worked with them a lot over the last few weeks and they've soaked up everything we have said and put that into the games."

Cooper reserved special praise for captain Tuohy after he scored his third goal in three games. "Jack is doing everything we are asking of him. He the captain, the leader, scoring goals and he grafts," commented the coach.

"He does not give the ball away and for his size he is physically strong. He has got a lot of work still to do but if he stays focused he will do well."



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