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02 May 2018 Venue TBC Attendance

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Luton Town U18
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Wigan Athletic U18

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U18 PREVIEW: LUTON TOWN V WIGAN ATHLETIC IN THE EFL YOUTH ALLIANCE CUP FINAL

2 May 2018

Latics head to Kenilworth Road to face Luton Town in the EFL Youth Alliance Cup National Final.

  • EFL Youth Alliance Cup final: Luton Town v Wigan Athletic.
  • Latics travel to Kenilworth Road in search of silverware.
  • Under 18s beat Hartlepool United 5-0 in area final to reach nationals.

Luton Town v Wigan Athletic
EFL Youth Alliance Cup Final
Wednesday 2 May 2018
Kenilworth Road
Kick off 7.00pm

With Latics' hopes of a treble still alive, Nick Chadwick's side head to Luton Town's Kenilworth Road to face the Hatters in the first of two cup finals before the end of the season.

Latics are competing in the EFL Youth Alliance Cup national final for the second year running after finishing runners-up to AFC Bournemouth at the DW Stadium in 2017.

Chadwicks young charges are also set to face Preston North End in the Lancashire FA Professional Youth Cup, with their EFL Youth Alliance league campaign still ongoing as they sit three points above rivals Rochdale who have two games in hand.

ROAD TO THE FINAL

Despite losing their opening game of the Northern Group Stage to Rotherham United at the start of the season, Latics have been on fire in the competition since, scoring three or more goals in four of their six matches in total.

Leading EFL Youth Alliance Cup goal scorer Mwiya Malumo notched his first of six in the defeat to the Millers, before inspiring Latics to a 4-0 thrashing of Fleetwood Town in the second group stage game, along with a goal for midfielder Mitchell Culshaw and a Cod Army o.g.

Latics finished top of their group thanks to a 2-1 win against Bradford City at Christopher Park, with Culshaw grabbing his second of the tournament and Divin Baningime clinching the all important winner against the Bantams.

The knockout stages have been much more straightforward for Chadwick's side, with a 3-1 win away at Tranmere Rovers courtesy of Joe Gelhardt, Charlie Jolley and Tom Hilton goals, before burshing aside Preston North End 3-0 in the area semi final, as Malumo took his total up to five with a well taken double and North End finished off by an own goal.

Latics turned on the style in the area final with a 5-0 thumping of Hartlepool United. Malumo netted his sixth of the competition to get the ball rolling, before striker partner Jolley and midfielder Jamie Cotter pushed the game beyond their North East opponents. A Latics trialist made it 4-0 and Hilton completed the rout to set up today's final.

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EFL YOUTH ALLIANCE CUP FINAL REPORT: LUTON TOWN 1 – 0 WIGAN ATHLETIC

2 May 2018

Latics lose out in EFL Youth Alliance Cup final as Ciaren Jones header sees Luton Town win close affair.

  • EFL Youth Alliance Cup Final Report: Luton Town 1 – 0 Wigan Athletic
  • Ciaren Jones scored the decisive goal at Kenilworth Road
  • Jordan Perrin had kept Latics in the game with penalty save in the second-half

Latics’ under-18s were edged out in a close EFL Youth Alliance Cup final at Kenilworth Road on Wednesday night as Ciaren Jones’ header proved decisive.

Jordan Perrin’s superb second-half penalty save from Arthur Read kept the score goalless early in the second-half but Nick Chadwick’s side couldn’t muster a reply to Jones’ opener despite a battling effort.

Charlie Jolley had the first opening of the game as he got played in behind by Joe Gelhardt only to be denied by a Corey Panter block.

At the other end, Perrin, made a good save to deny Josh Neufville for the Hatters as an even game swung back and forth in terms of chances.

Jolley again went close on the half hour mark as he broke in behind from a Joe Downey pass only to see his effort well saved by Tiernan Parker in the Luton Town goal.

On the stroke of half-time, Anthony Plant rose well from a corner but headed off target as the sides went in level.

Soon after the restart, the hosts had the opportunity to go ahead as Tom Hilton was harshly penalised by the referee for a foul on Scott Belgrove, despite it looking like the defender got a clean take of the ball. However, Perrin guessed right from Read’s penalty to keep it level.

Michael Shamalo headed against the bar a minute later as the Hatters asserted the pressure that eventually saw them get the game’s only goal, Jones heading the loose ball home from a corner.

Jolley saw an effort blocked as Latics looked for a quick equaliser. They were thankful, though, to Hilton who produced a superb close range block to deny Shamalo an almost certain goal.

Good play by Gelhardt presented a chance from range for captain Downey, who was again denied by Parker before Mwiya Malumo had penalty claims turned down.

Late on, Latics almost got the leveller their efforts deserved but Will McGuffie’s half volley was blocked on the line by the home defence.

Disappointment for Latics, but they go again on Saturday in the Lancashire FA Youth Cup final against Preston North End at Christopher Park.

Latics: Perrin; Golden, Maffeo, Plant, Hilton; McGuffie, Baningime (Malumo 56), Downey (Capt), Cotter; Gelhardt, Jolley (Berry 67)
Subs: McGaughey, Culshaw, Smith.

Luton Town: Parker, James, Panter, Jones, Read, Peck, Shamalo, Neufville (Byron 88), Belgrove (Beckwith 79), Richardson (Tomlinson 74), Mead.
Subs: Gordon-Stearn, Boorn.

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