Latics complete stunning second-half comeback to defeat Chesterfield in five goal cup thriller.
- U18 Report: Chesterfield 2 Latics 3.
- Latics come from 2-0 down to win 3-2 in the EFL Youth Alliance Cup.
- Kyle Joseph grabs 84th minute winner after Joe Gelhardt equaliser.
CHESTERFIELD FC 2
WIGAN ATHLETIC 3
Latics made the perfect start to their 2018/19 EFL Youth Alliance cup run, coming from 2-0 behind to secure victory against Chesterfield on Saturday lunch-time, with England youth international Joe Gelhardt on target days after committing his long-term future to the club.
The hosts made a quick breakthrough to take the lead as Amantchi opened the scoring, turning the tables in their favour early on.
Latics forward, Gelhardt, who signed his first professional contract with the club this week, had a penalty appeal waved away by the referee following a bright solo run.
Despite a period of pressure from Latics with Charlie Jolley coming close from a header, the hosts doubled their advantage in the 24th minute after Walker’s curling free-kick found the bottom corner.
Latics made all three of their substitutions in the second half in the hope of engineering a comeback, including a return for midfielder Jensen Weir following international duty.
The visitors got their reward and pulled a goal back on the 70th minute mark following a clever interchange between substitute Kyle Joseph and Divin Baningime, with the ball richocheting off an opponent and into the net.
The Latics then equalised seven minutes later, substitute Weir was involved as he picked out Baningime, only for the winger to beat his man and fire a ball into the area for Gelhardt to finish.
The momentum was with the visitors and they completed the comeback with six minutes to spare, Joseph latched onto a through ball and the striker dispatched the rebound for his second goal in as many games.
Star man Gelhardt who grabbed Latics' equaliser, praised the character of the squad after the victory:
“The lads showed great character to come back from two nil down on limited time but we stuck together as a team and got the three points we needed.
“Today’s over now and our focus is on next Saturdays game against Bury.”
The England youth international also spoke of his delight after committing his long-term future to the club this week:
“It’s a proud moment for me and my family. I’ve been at Wigan for six years now and I was delighted to sign the contract”, he added.
Latics: Jones, Broe, Roberts, Obi, Long, Smith (capt), Culshaw, McGuffie, C.Jolley, Gelhardt, Baningime
Subs: Maffeo, H.Jolley, Weir, O’Neil, Joseph