Latics secure another away win in the 2018-19 EFL Youth Alliance after defeating hosts Bury at Carrington Training Complex on Saturday afternoon.
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BURY FC 1
WIGAN ATHLETIC FC 5
C.Jolley 19, 26
Another clinical Latics display ensured the three points on Saturday lunch-time with the help of a brace from forward Charlie Jolley and strikes from Adam Long, Joe Gelhardt and Kyle Joseph.
Latics made a quick breakthrough to take the lead as Scott Smith’s free-kick was flicked on by Gelhardt, only to be eventually turned over the line by Long for his second goal of the season.
The hosts, who have won their last four games in all competitions, came close to equalising on the 17th minute mark but Hulme’s effort went narrowly wide.
Though Latics forward Jolley, who already has three goals to his name in the Youth Alliance this season, doubled the visitors’ advantage inside 19 minutes, breaking away to calmly dispatch the ball past the keeper.
The momentum was with the visitors and Jolley grabbed his second following Divin Baningime’s disguised pass which found Jolley in behind the Bury defence for the forward to poke the ball into the net.
The hosts found themselves reduced to ten men after Dolan’s challenge on captain Smith resulted in a straight red card.
Baningime was involved again just before the break, Victor Maffeo’s ball found the winger and his acrobatic effort was eventually gathered by the keeper.
Latics almost had a fourth on the stroke of half-time, Jensen Weir’s free-kick was powered home by Obi, only for the goal to be disallowed by the referee.
Gelhardt grabbed his goal in the second-half, Baningime’s ball allowed the England youth international to turn his man and shrug off his opponent before chipping the ball over the keeper.
The visitors opted to make all three of their substitutes soon after, with Robinson, MacKenzie O’Neil and Joseph replacing Ryan Galvin, Maffeo and goalscorer Jolley.
The hosts also made a few changes of their own in a bid to get back into the game. They nearly did just that but Joe Adams’ effort sailed just over the bar from a corner.
Latics then made their final two changes with Harry Jolley and Joe McWilliam replacing Ollie Broe and Smith.
Two substitutes were involved in the fifth for the visitors, O’Neil’s flick on found Gelhardt who provided an inviting ball for forward Joseph who towered above his man to angle his header across the keeper and into the bottom corner.
Bury got a goal back three minutes from time after Hulme’s free-kick was headed home.
Baningime, who flourished in a rampant Latics display, was delighted with the three points:
“We played really well and I’m pleased we got the three points in the end.
“We came on strong and deserved it, I’m made up for this win.”
The midfielder also spoke about what he hopes to bring to the team after grabbing two assists:
“I want to help the team win as many games as we can and see where it takes us.
“We have a great squad, you saw that with Kyle (Joseph) and Kenzie (O’Neil) in the second half.”
Latics: Jones, Broe, Galvin, Obi, Long, Smith (Capt), Maffeo, Weir, C.Jolley, Gelhardt, Baningime
Subs involved: Robinson, H.Jolley, McWilliam, O’Neil, Joseph