Confident performance earns Latics their first win of the season
WIGAN ATHLETIC UNDER 21S 2
COVENTRY CITY 21S 0
Goals from frontmen Rakish Bingham and Filip Orsula sank Coventry City but it could have been more as chances were narrowly missed and Tim Chow couldn’t convert a late penalty.
The victory means that Latics are now unbeaten in their first two game of the new Professional Development League season.
With first team squad members Fraser Fyvie and Daniel Redmond involved again from the start, Graham Barrow had a strong 16 to choose from but, it was Edu Campabadal who made an impression from early on.
The Spanish full-back was the provider for the opening goal on nine minutes as he collected Redmond’s pass out on the right wing, beat the full-back and curled a cross into the box.
Bingham’s movement got him beyond the defenders and the 18-year-old planted the ball beyond Coventry goalkeeper Lee Burge.
Latics were in the ascendancy after taking the early lead and Campabadal was causing all sorts of problems.
The away side did have a good chance to level though on 20 minutes when Shaun Jeffers broke the back line but, Calvin Hare was well equal to the striker’s shot as he saved with his feet from the one-on-one.
It was the impressive Orsula who almost made it 2-0 just before the half hour mark when he hit a solid shot from a tight angle into the side netting.
The pressure continued to mount and it was almost a bizarre goal for Redmond who curled in a corner with his left foot, only for the ‘keeper to let it through his hands, luckily for Lee Burge it went just over the cross bar.
It wasn’t just going forward that Latics impressed, with Rob Kiernan commanding the defence as Captain and Josh Langley and Jamie McCormack helping to keep Coventry at bay.
Just after half time Bingham nearly doubled his tally when he was sent through one-on-one but his low shot was gathered well by burge.
On 56 minutes, Orsula made it a more comfortable afternoon when a one-two with Callum Morris inside the Coventry box gave him a chance to shoot.
The Slovakian twisted and turned to sell the defenders and lashed a left-footed strike into the top corner.
In the second half Latics continued to push for more goals with substitute Guillermo Andres shooting just wide in two one-on-one situations.
The best chance came when he beat the offside trap and was played in by Campabadal who had beaten three defenders on his run forward.
Andres saw the goalkeeper coming out to meet him and hit his shot back across goal but defender Alex Donald was on hand to clear his shot to prevent it from creeping in.
It was right at the death that Latics should have had their third when Chow had a penalty saved.
Steven Boothman won the penalty after breaking down the left wing and being clattered by Joe Henderson but, Burge was equal to Chow’s penalty, guessing the right way and getting up to pounce on the re-bound as Orsula looked to follow it in.
As the final whistle blew, Latics looked happy with the performance after showing a professional and entertaining game of football.
Latics: Hare, Campabadal, Boothman, McCormack, Kiernan, Langley, Fyvie (Chow 45), Morris, Orsula, Bingham (Andres 68), Redmond (Sumner 45)
Unused Subs: Jesjua Angoy, Aylmer
Coventry: Burge, Pegg, Donald, Daniels (Frederick 64), Henderson, Cameron, Garner, Rankin (Lawton 63), Jeffers, Forrester (Baker-Richardson 45), Roberts
Unused Subs: Fagan, Fletcher