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Wigan Athletic U18
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Accrington Stanley U18

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U18 MATCH PREVIEW: WIGAN ATHLETIC V ACCRINGTON STANLEY

8 February 2019

Table toppers Latics host Accrington Stanley in the EFL Youth Alliance on Saturday afternoon.

  • Academy Preview: Wigan Athletic v Accrington Stanley
  • Latics won 5-0 against Shrewsbury Town in their last EFL Youth Alliance fixture.
  • Latics aiming to continue unbeaten run in Youth Alliance action, remaining unbeaten for 12 months in the competition.

WIGAN ATHLETIC V ACCRINGTON STANLEY
EFL YOUTH ALLIANCE
CHRISTOPHER PARK TRANING GROUND
KICK-OFF 11.00AM

Latics Under 18s host Accrington Stanley in the EFL Youth Alliance on Saturday afternoon.

Peter Murphy’s side, who remain unbeaten this season, go into the game off the back of a convincing 5-0 win over Shrewsbury Town.

Goals from Scotland youth international, Kyle Joseph (3), recently called up Northern Ireland youth international, Mackenzie O’Neil and Adam Long helped Latics record their first victory in the Youth Alliance in 2019.

Other victories have included a hard-fought 2-1 away win against Scunthorpe United, courtesy of a brace from James Berry, a 6-2 win over Hull City to progress to the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup against Liverpool and a convincing 5-0 win over Rochdale to progress to the Lancashire FA Youth Cup final.

Latics’ last game against Accrington Stanley came back in October 2018. Two goals each for Joseph and team-mate Charlie Jolley, as well as a goal for Mitchell Culshaw earned Murphy’s side a 5-0 win to make it two wins from two in the EFL Youth Alliance Cup.

Visitors Accrington Stanley sit second bottom of the North West Division table and remain without a win in their last six games in all competitions.

A 4-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool saw Stanley crash out of the FA Youth Cup, along with a recent 3-1 defeat to Rochdale in the Youth Alliance.

However, they can take confidence from their draws against Tranmere Rovers (1-1) and Bury (1-1), as well as their victory over Leeds United in the FA Youth Cup, knocking out the Whites after extra-time, running out 4-2 winners.

TEAM NEWS

Peter Murphy will be without England youth internationals Joe Gelhardt and Jensen Weir, who are on international duty as they take on Hungary on Sunday 10 February.

Charlie Jolley, who netted twice for the Development Squad in Tuesday’s victory against Notts County, is also expected to feature along with Scotland youth international, Kyle Joseph, who is in the Scotland under-19s squad to face Azerbaijan on Sunday 17 February.

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Match Reports

U18 REPORT: WIGAN ATHLETIC 4 ACCRINGTON STANLEY 2

9 February 2019

Latics earn three valuable points against Accrington Stanley in six-goal thriller at Christopher Park.

  • EFL Youth Alliance Report: Wigan Athletic 4 Accrington Stanley 2.
  • Latics extend their unbeaten run to 25 matches in 2018-19.
  • Youth internationals Kyle Joseph and MacKenzie O'Neill on target alongside Charlie Jolley and Emeka Obi.
WIGAN ATHLETIC 4
Joseph 32
O’Neill 40
C.Jolley 70
Obi 90

ACCRINGTON STANLEY 2
Perritt 27
Bolton 60

Latics beat Accrington Stanley on Saturday afternoon to extend their unbeaten season to 25 matches in all competitions, with Peter Murphy's side on the right end of a six-goal thriller at Christopher Park in the EFL Youth Alliance.

Despite Latics falling behind, youth internationals Kyle Joseph and MacKenzie O’Neill put the hosts in front, before substitute Charlie Jolley headed in the third, with Emeka Obi ensuring the three points went home with Latics, despite the visitors drawing level inside the 60th minute.

Latics, who hosted Accrington Stanley at Christopher Park for the second time this season, made three changes following on from their victory against Shrewsbury Town, with Neil Monaghan, Harry Jolley and Ryan Galvin replacing Victor Maffeo, Jensen Weir and Charlie Jolley respectively.

The hosts started in a 4-2-3-1 formation and after a cagey opening 20 minutes they had their first chance of the game after Harry Jolley‘s header was tipped onto the crossbar by the Accrington Stanley goalkeeper, before Joseph failed to convert the rebound from a tight angle.

The latter was involved again minutes later as Latics pushed for the breakthrough, Jolley’s inviting ball was met by Joseph, only for the Scotland youth international's volley to be well-saved.

Though, it was the visitors who took the lead just before the half hour mark after Latics failed to clear a free-kick and the ball was rifled past Bobby Jones by Harry Perritt.

It took the league leaders just five minutes to respond and equalise.

MacKenzie O’Neill, who opened the scoring in Latics’ last victory over Shrewsbury, beat two players before finding Mitchell Culshaw and his ball was instinctively flicked into the net by Joseph, with the forward netting his 23rd goal for the Under 18s so far this campaign.

The hosts completed their comeback five minutes before half-time. Jolley’s diagonal ball found O’Neill and the soon to be Northern Ireland youth international touched it down before exquisitely chipping the ball over the goalkeeper, the midfielder’s second goal in two games since his return from injury.

Despite pressure from the hosts to extend the lead, the visitors equalised in the 60th minute, Jack Bolton broke forward and his effort took a deflection, wrong-footing Latics goalkeeper, Jones.

Peter Murphy opted to make three changes in the hope of turning the result in Latics’ favour with Charlie Jolley and Divin Baningime both coming on and the latter came within inches of restoring the home sides lead, though his left-footed effort flashed across goal from a tight angle.

The changes paid off soon after when right-back Maffeo’s cross from the right was met by the head of Charlie Jolley at the back-post, to score his third goal in two games this week, having netted twice for the Development Squad in their 4-1 win against Notts County on Tuesday.

Latics ensured the three points in the 90th minute as substitute Luke Robinson’s corner was bundled home at the back-post by centre back Obi for his first goal of the season.

It was further preparation for Latics' fifth round tie in the FA Youth Cup against Liverpool on Wednesday 13 February.

Latics: Jones, H. Jolley (Maffeo 66), Galvin, Obi, Long, Monaghan, Culshaw (Baningime 62), McGuffie (Robinson 81), Joseph, Berry (C. Jolley 62), O’Neill (Aasgaard 84)

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