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Latics Youth Team Book Place In National Final With Victory

15 April 2015

Oldham Athletic youth team set up a national final with MK Dons after beating Wigan Athletic 3-1 in the Youth Alliance Cup northern final this afternoon.

Devante Jacobs gave Latics a lead going into half time and second half goals from Ben Grant and Jordache Walters sealed Latics' passage through to the national final of the Youth Alliance Cup.

Wigan did pull a goal back in the final five minutes but Latics held on to the victory.

Latics got off to a perfect start as Jacobs fired the opening goal of the game with less than two minutes on the clock. 

The forward, who was operating on the left wing, received the ball out wide, cut inside and unleashed an unstoppable strike from the edge of the area to put Latics one goal ahead.

Latics were a lot brighter than their Lancashire counterparts and could have extended their lead through Callum Scullion on 15 minutes.

He cut inside from the left and fired from 30 yards but the goalkeeper did well to tip his effort around the post.

Latics were putting Wigan under huge pressure from set-pieces as Jack Tuohy's deliveries caused all sorts of problems for the Wigan defence.

Just after the half hour mark, Tuohy's corner was cleared onto the edge of the box where Alex Read struck first time on the volley but the goalkeeper tipped his effort over his crossbar.

Wigan started to come back into the game with only five minutes of the first half remaining and could have found an equaliser. 

A ball was played over the top to the onrushing forward to bring down and with only Paul Tyson to beat, out of nowhere appeared Callum Etches to block the shot and preserve his side's advantage going into the half time break.

The second half started much the same for Latics as they dominated large parts of the possession and looked threatening in front of goal.

Just after the hour mark, Tony Philliskirk's men did double their advantage after an excellent Grant header.

Eddie Fulwood received the ball on the right-hand side, delivered an inch-perfect ball onto the head of Grant who headed powerfully past the goalkeeper to give Latics a two-goal lead.

The second goal seemed to deflate the home side and the young Latics looked to capitalise and they did treble their lead on 73 minutes. 

Walters won the ball on the edge of the Wigan box and confidently fired past the hapless goalkeeper to all but seal Latics' progression through to the national final. 

With only five minutes of the game remaining, the hosts did pull a goal back after a neat finish past Tyson from 10 yards out.

However, that was only a consolation for Wigan as Latics saw the game out comfortably and professionally to book a place in the final against MK Dons. 

Oldham Athletic: Tyson, Fulwood, Scullion, Etches, Edmondson, Grant, Knight (Mantack 86'), Tuohy, Walters (Murray 78'), Jacobs, Read. 

Subs not used: Renshaw, Parmer, Hargreaves.

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