Latics defeat Wolves at Molineux to progress to the Fourth Round of the FA Youth Cup.
- FA Youth Cup Report: Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 – 2 Wigan Athletic
- Goals from Divin Baningime and Charlie Jolley seal the win for Latics
- Latics will now travel to Hull City in the Fourth Round of the FA Youth Cup
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS 1
WIGAN ATHLETIC 2
C. Jolley 45 + 4’
Wigan Athletic beat Wolves 2-1 at Molineux Stadium on Monday night to progress to the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup.
First-half goals from Divin Baningime and Charlie Jolley ensured victory for Latics, despite the hosts pulling one back early on in the second-half through Austin Samuels.
Baningime opened the scoring with an exquisite half-volley, before Jolley doubled the advantage with a well-taken effort.
Latics were unchanged from their EFL Youth Alliance victory over Blackpool, where they ran out 6-0 winners over the Tangerines to extend their lead at the top of the table to ten points.
After a tense opening ten minutes at Molineux Stadium, Latics came the closest to taking the lead early on.
Will McGuffie’s pass found Harry Jolley with space on the right-hand side, though, the right-back’s delivery fell just short of Charlie Jolley, who was aiming to build on his hat-trick last-time out.
The hosts responded to the early pressure and had their first sight of goal on the 20th minute, Samuels got the better of Emeka Obi and his delivery was met by Kevin Berkoe, but the left-back failed to get a clean connection on his effort.
Latics’ first clear-cut chance of the game on the half-hour mark resulted in a goal, Luke Robinson’s pull back found Baningime in space and the forward took it down before firing his half-volley past the Wolves goalkeeper Smith and into the top corner.
Wolves were dealt another blow as they were forced into a change just before the break, midfielder Taylor Perry was stretchered off and replaced by Luke Cundle.
The visitors were inspired by their opener and should have doubled their lead soon after.
Goal-scorer Baningime was involved again, this time finding Charlie Jolley in-behind the Wolves defence, but the forward’s effort came back off the post from eight yards out.
Though, Latics made no mistake in doubling their advantage on the stroke of half-time. Joe Gelhardt capitalised on a mistake at the back and he found strike-partner Charlie Jolley inside the area, with the forward firing his low effort past the goalkeeper.
Despite a strong end to the half, Latics were pegged back as the hosts pulled one back just after the re-start. They raced up the pitch and the ball fell kindly to Samuels, who dispatched past Bobby Jones.
Darren Ryan’s side were dealt a blow just before the hour mark as Chem Campbell was dismissed following a high-tackle on Latics right-back, Harry Jolley.
Jolley was subsequently replaced by Mitchell Culshaw, with Scott Smith filling in at right-back.
Latics had a great chance to restore their two-goal advantage soon after the stoppage, Jensen Weir’s corner found Obi, though the defender failed to direct his towering header goalwards.
The visitors had another opportunity with just over 15 minutes to go, Gelhardt’s driving run found him in space and his pass set-up substitute Culshaw, but he squandered his right-footed effort.
The visitors were aiming to seal the game with less than ten minutes to play and had two chances in quick succession.
McGuffie’s superb tackle in midfield sent Gelhardt away but his left-footed effort was saved, before the England youth international was involved again, this time feeding Charlie Jolley, but Jackson Smith stood tall to prevent the forward from scoring his second of the game.
Resilient Latics held on despite late pressure and face a trip to Hull City in the next round of the FA Youth Cup.
Latics: Jones, H. Jolley (Culshaw 62), Robinson, Obi, Long, Smith (Capt), Weir, McGuffie, C. Jolley, Gelhardt, Baningime (Joseph 88).
Subs: Tickle, Berry, Galvin.
Wolves: Smith, Thompson, Joseph (O’Sullivan 55), Taylor, Richards, Berkoe, Forrester (Corbeanu 76), Perry (Cundle 37), Samuels, Campbell, Carty.