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Youth Team Victorious

7 April 2015

Substitute Rio Murray bagged both goals as Oldham Athletic's youth team beat Fleetwood Town youth 2-0.

Both goals came late into the second half as Tony Philliskirk picked up victory in the Youth Alliance league clash. 

Latics started well and could have taken the lead 20 minutes into the game as Devante Jacobs had space at the back post but the Fleetwood goalkeeper recovered to save well at his feet.

Emil Tansinda was the next to go close for Latics. An excellent interception from Jake Hargreaves allowed Tansinda to pick up the ball but his shot just went over the crossbar.

Latics were almost caught out from two set pieces on 40 minutes as they searched for the opening goal of the game. 

The visitors won two free kicks, 25 yards out, in similar positions but both did not trouble youth team goalkeeper, Chris Renshaw.

Latics almost took the lead minutes before the break as good work by Kallum Mantack on the right saw him stand a cross up to the back post but Jacobs could only head wide.

The visitors came out strong in the second half and should have taken the lead had it not been for Mason Fallon.

The young full back was back on the line as Fleetwood looked to scramble the ball over the line but the 16-year-old managed to clear.

From the resulting corner, the attacking Fleetwood defender rose above everybody in the box but headed wide to the relief of the defence. 

Latics opened the scoring on 75 minutes through second half substitute Murray.

Chris Renshaw bowled the ball out to Callum Scullion who looked long for Lee Knight. The striker headed the ball into the path of the onrushing Murray and he lobbed the ball over the goalkeeper to give the youngsters the lead.

With only give minutes of the game remaining, Murray doubled his tally for the afternoon with the decisive goal.

It was Knight again who was the provider as his cross found the feet of the 17-year-old and he clinically placed the ball beyond the goalkeeper to double Latics' advantage.

Fleetwood continued to press and almost grabbed a goal back in the final seconds of the game but goalkeeper Renshaw pulled off a wonder save to preserve his clean sheet.

Oldham Athletic: Renshaw, Fallon, Parmer, Scullion, Mantack, Tansinda, Leonard (Read), Hargreaves, Jacobs, Kay (Murray), Sloane (Knight).

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