Oldham Athletic Under 18’s were knocked out of the FA Youth Cup Second Round after losing 3-2 to Curzon Ashton at the Tameside Stadium.
Despite opening the scoring through Lewis McKinney and equalising through Taylor Jones, a brace from Curzon’s Keaton Mulvey and a strike from Aaron Grewal meant Oldham suffered defeat in the Second Round twice in two seasons.
It was Latics that started the better of the two sides and their early dominance nearly paid off inside five minutes. Jack Williams collected the ball on the edge of the box then beat his man to unleash a shot from 12 yards just wide of far post.
In spite of the miss Danny Cadamarteri’s side didn’t have to wait long for the opener as they had it just after the ten minute mark.
A precise through ball through the middle found McKinney who made no mistake with his finish, smashing his first time effort past the Curzon keeper to give Latics the lead.
Despite taking the lead, the young Tangerines were dealt a blow 10 minutes later as the hosts were level. Ellis Allen made an exceptional save to deny Adam Grewal from 10 yards however, after Mulvey latched onto the rebound he was fouled in the area giving the referee no option but to point to the spot.
Mulvey himself stepped up and sent Allen the wrong way to draw his side level despite a dominant first 20 minutes from Latics.
Five minutes later and things got even worse for Cadamarteri and his side as Curzon took the lead. Grewal found space on the edge of the box and curled an effort past Allen to put the Nash in front and turn the game on its head in a matter of minutes.
Just as it looked like Latics would be heading into the break a goal down up stepped Jones to draw the sides level with a minute left in the first half. A Jack Williams cross from the right was met by Jones who headed home into the top corner to level things up at the break.
Into the second half and both sides struggled to find any real opening. It took Latics just over 10 minutes to create their first chance of the half, and once again it came from a corner as Jack Grundy headed just over after meeting the delivery from the left.
10 minutes later it was Curzon’s turn to come close as an effort on the edge of the box from Mulvey was well saved by Allen. Five minutes later however, Mulvey got the better of Allen to regain his side’s lead.
A scrappy corner fell to the feet of the Nash number nine and he found space six yards from goal to poke his effort past Allen to put Curzon in front with just over 10 minutes left on the clock.
With the clock ticking Latics searched for an equaliser to keep their FA Youth Cup hopes alive and they nearly had one through McKinney who’s effort from distance fell just wide of the post.
However, that would prove to be that for Latics as Mulvey’s strike proved enough to put the hosts through to the Third Round to face Burnley.
Curzon Ashton XI - Lovell, Worrell, Dolan, Ehigator, Wain, McCann, Grewal, O’Mara, Mulvey, Bertenshaw, Slone
Subs – Owen, Gemmell, Lord, Jacaj, Dawson, Edmondson, Baynes
Oldham Athletic XI – Allen, Hackett, Leech, Wych, Grundy, Jones, Speed, Gaskell, McKinney, Pickford, Williams
Subs – Chapman, Higgins, Sutton, Hough, Luamba, Da Silva, Badby
Referee – Alex James