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Rochdale U18
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Wigan Athletic U18

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Match Previews


15 November 2018

Preview ahead of Saturday’s fixture as Latics travel to Rochdale in their second game this week.

  • Academy Preview: Latics Under 18s visit Rochdale on Saturday morning
  • Latics hoping to bounce back after draw to Port Vale in Youth Alliance last-time out.
  • Under 18s hoping to build on impressive 5-0 thrashing of Morecambe in the week.


Wigan Athletic Under 18s return to EFL Youth Alliance action this weekend when they visit fourth-placed Rochdale on Saturday.

Latics arrive off the back of a convincing 5-0 win over Morecambe in the Youth Alliance Cup, ensuring they would finish top of their group and qualification into the quarter-finals. A hat-trick for striker Kyle Joseph and goals from Mitchell Culshaw and James Berry ensured Latics’ 100% record in the Youth Alliance Cup.

The two clubs last met in January, with Latics falling to their first league defeat of the 2017-18 season as Dale ran-out winners in the top of the table clash, putting an end to Latics’ impressive ten-game winning streak.

The fixture before this was in September 2017, with Latics running out 2-0 winners. Mwiya Malumo’s brace ensured victory for Nick Chadwick’s side at Christopher Park, who made it back to back wins in the Youth Alliance.

Rochdale will be hoping to bounce back after their last two defeats to Grimsby Town and Tranmere Rovers. Dale won their last four before that, including a 6-1 victory over Latics’ local rivals Preston North End.

Academy manager, Gregor Rioch, will still be without England youth internationals Joe Gelhardt and Jensen Weir following international duty.

Victor Maffeo is also nearing a return from injury, though Latics will still be without right-back Ollie Broe, as he steps up his recovery from injury. Charlie Jolley, Emeka Obi and Will McGuffie will also feature, following their involvement with the development squad in the week, drawing 2-2 with Burnley.

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Match Reports


17 November 2018

Latics defeat Rochdale 2-0 and extend their lead at the top of the EFL Youth Alliance following a stunning free-kick from Luke Robinson and strike from Kyle Joseph.

  • EFL Youth Alliance U18 Report: Rochdale 0 – 2 Wigan Athletic
  • Latics win 2-0 thanks to superb Luke Robinson free-kick and strike from Kyle Joseph
  • Latics strengthen grip on top spot in the EFL Youth Alliance



Robinson 63
Joseph 78

Wigan Athletic Under-18s made it two wins in the space of a week following their 2-0 away victory over Rochdale on Saturday afternoon.

Luke Robinson’s stunning free-kick opened the scoring, before Kyle Joseph’s second secured the victory against a resilient Dale.

England youth international Jensen Weir returned to the bench for Latics, though, forward, Joe Gelhardt was not in the squad whilst right-back Ollie Broe also suffered a setback in training this week and was therefore unavailable for selection.

Divin Baningime, Will McGuffie and Emeka Obi all returned to the side following their involvement in the Development Squad’s draw with Burnley this week.

After a cagey opening 15 minutes, Latics came the closest with an early chance. Joseph, who grabbed a hat-trick in the week against Morecambe, was pulled down outside the area, though McGuffie’s free-kick deflected just wide of the post.

The visitors threatened again minutes later, though Mitchell Culshaw couldn’t add to his goal in the week after his low volley was gathered by the Rochdale goalkeeper.

After signing a professional contract earlier this month, Obi had the chance to score his first goal for the club. The ball fell to the defender kindly in the box, though his goal-bound effort was blocked from six yards out.

Rochdale had their first meaningful attempt five minutes before half-time as a low strike went just wide of Bobby Jones’ goal.

It took something special to break the deadlock and Luke Robinson did exactly that, Baningime did well to win the free-kick and the left-back stepped up to curl the ball exquisitely past the goalkeeper.

Dale had the chance to equalise soon later, though Latics didn’t deter under a period of pressure as the flicked effort failed to trouble Jones.

Joseph had the chance to add to his tally for the campaign, but his effort was palmed away after he cut inside to beat his man.

The visitors did deservedly doubled their advantage with ten minutes to go, though, as Jones’ searching kick brilliant found Culshaw in-behind the defence and the winger did well to square the ball to Joseph, who tapped home at the back-post to grab his fourth this week.

Latics: Jones, H.Jolley, Obi, Long, Robinson, Smith (Capt) (Weir 88), McGuffie, Culshaw (O’Neil 88), C.Jolley (Berry 90) , Baningime, Joseph.

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