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Youth Team Progress Through To Cup Semi-Final

15 February 2016

Oldham Athletic youth team are into the semi final of the Lancashire FA Professional Youth Cup after a 2-1 victory over Wigan Athletic.

Rio Murray put the youngsters ahead early in the game but they were pegged back before half time as Wigan equalised.

Latics regained the lead as Dylan King rose highest to head home, however, the game would end on a sour note for Murray as he saw red in the last five minutes.

Tony Philliskirk’s men defended resolutely and came away with the win to progress through to the semi-final stage and he was delighted with his players.

He said: "We started the game brightly and could have taken the lead in the opening minute but Brendy Glackin’s shot was blocked. 

“We won a corner not long after and they are something we work on. The ball dropped to Rio Murray, who has been bright lately, and he finished from six yards to put us ahead. 

"We were the much better team but we then gave a sloppy goal away which has cost us a bit lately. It was a poor goal to concede and we were disappointed to be level at half time.

"Second half was just nip and tuck. The pitch started to cut up so the quality of the game and the quality from both teams really started to drop. 

"It was set pieces again which helped us as Alex Read delivered into the box and Dylan King rose with his defender to head us back into the lead.

"Some are saying it was an own goal but Dylan is claiming it but we don’t mind because it put us back in the lead.

"Then it turned into a real scrap. Unfortunately in the last five minutes, Rio Murray got caught up in a clash and was sent off so that was disappointing. 

“The last five minutes, we were under the cosh but Dylan and Tommy Lent at the back and Chris Renshaw in goal held firm. Wigan threw balls into our box and put us under a lot of pressure but we defended it well.

"We had to show another side to our game which was to defend against that type of play but we held on and I’m delighted with the result because Wigan are a very good team.

“This result has kept our season alive. We are now in another cup semi final against Bolton Wanderers so it’s something for the lads to relish. 

“Bolton are a very good side and it’s a step up to play against them. It will be a tough game but they are the types of games they should be wanting to play against the so-called better players.

“We won this competition two years ago so we’ve done well to get this far and hopefully we can go one step further again.”

Details regarding the semi-final clash with be released in due course.

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