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Fourth Consecutive Victory For Youth Team

15 September 2014

Devante Jacobs smashed a 35-yard effort, worthy of winning any game, into the top corner to seal a 1-0 victory for the Oldham Athletic youth team.

The second year professional scored the only goal of the game against a strong Wigan Athletic youth side to seal a fourth consecutive victory.

Manager Tony Philliskirk was away in Ireland for the game but had high praise for his goalscorer.

He said: "Devante has got that in his locker. He proved that against Walsall the other week when he shot from the kick off and he hit the underside of the bar from the half way line.

"He has a great strike and can shoot with either foot and I'm told by Simon Cooper that it was a goal worthy of winning any game."

Philliskirk was delighted to see his players pick up the victory and feels his side can be a threat to the league.

"It was a very hard-fought win. It seems strange but gritty 1-0 wins give me more satisfaction than a 5-0 comfortable victory," the gaffer commented.

"The defence were outstanding, according to Simon, but the whole team worked hard. We were under spells of pressure but the players tracked back and we played the the ugly side of the game well."

The result ensures the youngsters keep a third consecutive clean sheet and their good form has seen them step up to the reserve side.

"The two centre halves, George Edmundson and Ryan Ellison, had a good battle against Conor Wilkinson and they did really well.

"Jack Tuohy was very assured in the middle of the park and he managed to grab a goal so that was a personal highlight for him.

"Emil Tansinda, Jordache Walters and Callum Etches also played in the game so it bodes well that them second years are doing well and looking to make the step up."

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