Kyle Joseph's hat-trick ensures 100% record in the EFL Youth Alliance Cup as Latics win 5-0 against Morecambe.
- U18 Match Report: Latics 5 Morecambe 0.
- Leading goal scorer Kyle Joseph grabbed a hat-trick to take his seasonal tally to 15 goals.
- Mitchell Culshaw and James Berry also in the goals as Latics made it four wins from four in the EFL Youth Alliance Cup.
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Latics' final EFL Youth Alliance Cup group stage game produced an emphatic 5-0 victory over Morecambe at Christopher Park on Tuesday afternoon, as Scotland youth international striker Kyle Joseph took home the match ball with a hat-trick, alongside goals from Mitchell Culshaw and James Berry.
Joseph, who now has 15 goals for the season, knocked home his first within six minutes, although you'd be forgiven for marking it down as an own goal, with the striker seemingly tapping the ball over the line, before a clearance ricocheted off a defender and rippled the net.
He soon had his second (and this one was definitely his) when he slipped in behind the Morecambe deence in the 15th minute to slide his shot across the helpless goalkeeper.
Midfielder Culshaw made it 3-0 inside the opening half an hour, with Berry, who returned from a lengthy injury on Saturday in the 1-1 draw against Port Vale, found him in the area on the right side for a powerful finish across the keeper and into the bottom corner.
With Latics' Development Squad playing a friendly away at Burnley, it was a young outfit for the Under 18s, with goalkeeper Sam Tickle and Under 16s James Carragher, Harry McGee, Sean Higgins and Harry McHugh all involved.
Inexperience didn't deter Latics however, and within nine minutes of the restart for the second half it was 4-0.
This time Berry was on target himself, hammering high into the goal after excellent work from MacKenzie O'Neill on the left side. The midfielder's mazy run ended with a pass inside for Joseph who set the ball back for Berry to finish.
Joseph completed his hat-trick shortly after the hour mark with another close range finish. Strike partner Berry started the move when he switched play to O'Neill on the left, the latter stretched Morecambe across the penalty area and slipped it wide for Neil Monaghan who crossed for Joseph to finish.
Latics could have had more from the game, but they'll settle for a five-star performance and a total of 14 goals from four matches in the EFL Youth Alliance Cup group stage, of which they topped their group with four consecutive wins.
Latics: Tickle, Carragher, Robinson (Higgins 72), Jolley (Brooks 65), Isherwood, Smith (Capt) (McGee 59), Culshaw (O'Neil 59), Monaghan, Joseph, Berry (McHugh 65), O'Neill