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Philliskirk: "I'm Very Proud Of My Boys."

16 April 2015

Youth team boss Tony Philliskirk expressed his pride after his side beat Wigan Athletic 3-1 to seal a place in the national final of the Youth Alliance Cup.

Goals from Devante Jacobs, Ben Grant and Jordache Walters sealed Latics' progression through to face MK Dons in the final and Philliskirk spoke of his pride after the game.

He said: "I'm delighted for the boys more than anything. I'm really proud of them as individuals and how they have represented the club, in particular the five or six players who played who were told they were being released. They were fantastic and gave everything for the team. 

"We got off to a dream start and it gave us the real imputes to go further ahead. We could have added a second goal before the break but we continued from where we left off after half time. 

"We got the second goal through an excellent header from Ben Grant and then it got a bit edgy as Wigan threw men forward but we broke on the counter and made it three. 

"We conceded and then had a few panicky moments but take nothing away from our boys, we deserved the win. Fair play to the Wigan staff at the end as well as they said the best team won. We showed a lot of desire, resolution and winning football. 

"I'm very proud and we look forward to the national final now. No matter what you say, for a club like this, it is a fantastic achievement. From the whole country, we are the team that is representing the north against MK Dons in the south and it's a fantastic achievement by the boys."

Philliskirk wished to thank the supporters who turned up in their numbers to support the team on the way to victory.

"I'd like to thank everyone that turned up to the game. The support we received was fantastic and it was something which spurred the lads on."

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