Latics end their EFL Youth Alliance with a win, but miss out on the title by a single point.
- Under 18 Match Report: Latics 2 Blackpool 1.
- Victor Maffeo and Joe Downey on target in final day victory.
- Rochdale win the EFL Youth Alliance by one point with Latics second.
WIGAN ATHLETIC 2
Maffeo 15 (pen)
Latics ended their EFL Youth Alliance campaign with a victory on Friday afternoon, when Victor Maffeo and Joe Downey hit the target in a 2-1 win against Blackpool at Christopher Park, as Nick Chadwick's side missed out on the league title by just a single point behind Rochdale.
Fresh off the back of their 4-1 win in the Lancashire FA Youth Cup final last Saturday against Preston North End, Latics were looking to close the gap as much as possible behind Dale who were crowned champions earlier in the week following a 1-1 draw against Tranmere Rovers.
With silverware already in Latics' cabinet and only momentum going into next season up for grabs, Chadwick's young charges did their job admirably, but only after an early mistake led to a Blackpool lead.
An unfortunate mix up between defender and goalkeeper allowed Owen Watkinson to convert a loose ball to give the visitors the lead.
Latics were back on level terms almost immediately when James Berry's corner was turned towards goal by Mitchell Culshaw only to be blocked by a Blackpool hand. Up stepped Maffeo to convert from the penalty spot for his 10th goal of the season.
It took until the second half for Latics to edge themselves in front, but they did so in style thanks to substitute and team captain Downey who linked up with Jamie Cotter before slamming Charlie Jolley's lay off home from 20 yards, a fitting way to claim victory and sign off for the season.
Latics ended the league campaign with 65 points from 21 victories, two draws and just three defeats, scoring 70 goals along the way and conceding only 21.
Latics: McGaughey (T.Roberts 60), Golden (Plant 60), B.Roberts, Brookes (Hilton 60), McGuffie, Smith, Culshaw, Monaghan (Downey 60), Jolley, Berry, Maffeo (Cotter 60)