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Latics 3-0 Stevenage

16 October 2021

© Eddie Garvey

Latics secured their first league win at Boundary Park since the 9th April with a comfortable 3-0 triumph over Stevenage.

A brace within 20 minutes from Davis Keillor-Dunn and a second half strike from Dylan Bahamboula was enough to make sure of a crucial three points that lifts Oldham out of the bottom two.

Latics remained unchanged in their starting XI after a point away at Mansfield Town last weekend.

The first sight of goal came for Latics in the second minute, a ball played across the box by Carl Piergianni found Jack Stobbs, whose shot was deflected behind for a corner kick.

Oldham continued their good start to proceedings and Bahamboula came close to heading home a Stobbs cross, with his effort bouncing back off the post.

Keith Curle’s men did get the goal that their early dominance deserved in the sixth minute. A clever corner routine courtesy of Jamie Bowden and Benny Couto allowed the former to find enough space to find a ball of real quality, Keillor-Dunn was on hand to supply the smart finish.

The lead was doubled in the 17th minute, Zak Dearnley led a brilliant counter-attack, finding Bahamboula to his left. The attacker showed his trademark trickery to evade oncoming challenges before he laid the ball off to Keillor-Dunn, who took his time before expertly finding the corner of the net for his second of the day.

There was a hairy moment at the other end of the pitch in the 28th minute but Jayson Leutwiler did just about enough to thwart the efforts of the inform Elliot List.

Boro grew into the game as the first half went on and Latics again had a nervy few moments in the 43rd minute, it took a series of blocks from the Oldham defence to deny the visitors getting a foothold back in the game.

It wasn’t the last opportunity that Stevenage had before the end of the first half, List found himself unmarked in the Latics’ box but his glanced header didn’t come close to troubling Leutwiler.

Latics began the second half in a similar fashion to how they started the first. Dearnley and Callum Whelan both had efforts from range inside the first eight minutes of the interval but unfortunately the quality didn’t match the ambition, and both sailed wide of the goal.

The 58th minute saw the hosts stretch their lead with another quick counter-attack. Again, it was Dearnley to start the move by playing a great ball over the top to Bahamboula who got there before the advancing Boro ‘keeper and the Congolese forward kept his nerve to roll the ball into an unguarded net.

Stevenage continued to try and get back into the game and it was List again who had an opportunity, but he couldn’t get enough power on his header from Bruno Andrade’s cross and it was an easy save for Leutwiler.

List continued to be the main threat for Boro and in the 73rd minute his skills proved too much for Stobbs and he was able to supply a decent cross into the box, but the effort didn’t trouble the Latics’ stopper.

Bahamboula continued to give Stevenage a headache in the 80th minute, he picked the ball up near halfway and executed one of his trademark runs before eventually firing the ball over the bar.

Latics managed to hold off any threat that the visitors brought to the table, securing their fourth clean sheet from five Sky Bet League Two games.

Oldham Athletic: Leutwiler, Clarke, Piergianni ©, McGahey, Stobbs (Vaughan, 87), Whelan, Keillor-Dunn, Bowden, Couto, Bahamboula (Hope, 90), Dearnley (Fage, 75)

Substitutes not used: Rogers, Da Silva, Edwards, Sheehan

Stevenage: Anang, James-Wildin, Coker, Reeves, Cuthbert ©, List, Osborne, Andrade (Melbourne, 81), Vancooten, Reid (Norris, 59), Smith (Tinbu, 81)

Substitutes not used: Bastien, Prosser, Townsend-West, Johnson

Referee: Robert Madley

Attendance: 3,492 (107 away)

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