Kyle Joseph’s brace earns Latics hard fought win against Shrewsbury Town.
- Match Report: Wigan Athletic U18s 2 Shrewsbury Town U18s 1.
- Latics make it seven straight victories at the top of the EFL Youth Alliance.
- Kyle Joseph grabbed a brace following news of his international call-up for Scotland's U18s.
Joseph 58, 69
SHREWSBURY TOWN 1
Latics secure another hard fought victory against Shrewsbury Town courtesy of a brace from Kyle Joseph on Saturday afternoon, extending their winning run to seven games at the top of the EFL Youth Alliance.
It was a lively opening five minutes, Latics saw their first chance of the game came through MacKenzie O’Neil’s low driven shot went wide after the midfielder cut inside from the left.
The hosts also had a half chance through Mitchell Culshaw but his attempted effort was blocked after good work from forward Joseph.
After a frustrating opening half an hour, the hosts had their first clear cut chance, Scott Smith led by example after his press allowed Jensen Weir to find space but his effort was saved before the captain’s rebounded effort came off the bar.
Latics wanted to end the half on the strong foot and almost did exactly that, Culshaw found space on the right and his driven effort deflected just wide of the post. The resulting corner saw defender Emeka Obi rise highest, but his header was straight at the keeper.
Latics started the second half on the front foot and nearly got their reward, Weir beat two men with his driving run to slip in Culshaw in behind the defence, though his powerful effort was eventually gathered by the keeper.
Though, the hosts did take the lead in the 58th minute, England youth international Weir found space again this time founding Joseph, before the forwards clever footwork allowed to him the space to dispatch the ball emphatically past the keeper with his left foot.
The forward added his second just ten minutes later, Smith’s corner went all the way through for Joseph to tap in from as little as six yards.
It capped off a fine few days for the eight-goal striker, who also earned his first international call for Scotland U18’s this week.
The visitors, who have three wins this season, pulled a goal back with 12 minutes to play following well worked move.
Star man Joseph, who scored both goals, praised the team spirit following the victory and spoke of his week after an international call up from Scotland:
“We stuck at it and had to dig deep in the second half to get the win and that’s credit to the lads, he said.
“It’s been an unreal week, especially looking back how three years ago I was playing grass roots football and now to be called up for Scotland is a dream come true for me.
“It’s unfinished business, it’s just another step towards where I want to be in the future.”
Latics: Jones, Broe, Robinson, Obi, Long, Smith (Capt), Culshaw, McGuffie, Joseph, Weir, O’Neil