Redmond brace not enough for Latics in open game.
COVENTRY CITY UNDER 21s 4
C, Wilson 22, 81
WIGAN ATHLETIC UNDER 21s 2
Redmond 6, 19
A fast and furious first half supplied four goals as Latics took the lead twice through Danny Redmond, before tailing off in the second half as Coventry took advantage to take the three points.
The game was originally scheduled to be played at the Ricoh Arena but with the 12.00pm kick off time looming, the referee was forced to declare the pitch unfit to play due to a large frozen patch in the stadium’s shade.
Coventry’s training ground became the venue for the game with a delayed kick off time of 12.30pm which saw first teamers Roger Espinoza and Fraser Fyvie start for Latics.
After the suspense was built with the doubts over whether the game would go ahead, Latics made a barnstorming start taking the lead after just six minutes.
Slovakian Under 21 international Filip Orsula had already tested the Sky Blues’ keeper two minutes earlier, before his energy in the box earned Latics a penalty after a push from Jordan Clarke.
Redmond stepped up to take the spot kick but his low effort to Chris Dunn’s right was saved, only to spin behind the keeper onto the line with a determined Redmond running in to force the ball over the line and give his side the lead.
Just a minute later and Redmond nearly had his second with a long range effort from the left wing whistling past the far post.
After an opening 15 minutes of attack from the visitors, Coventry then made themselves known as double goal scorer Calum Wilson’s strong run at Latics’ defence deflected up and into the path of Daniel Philliskirk just yards out from Marko Marosi’s goal, giving the keeper little chance with a close range equaliser.
There was no breathing space for Coventry though, and one minute later Redmond grabbed his second to give Latics the lead for a second time.
This time it was the hosts who couldn’t clear their lines and when the ball became loose inside Coventry’s area, Redmond pounced with an acrobatic right footed volley from 10 yards out.
It was a touch of déjà vu for Redmond as for the second time in the first 20 minutes he went close to scoring directly after finding the net.
Edu Campabadal found space on the right to float a cross towards the back post with Redmond lurking but only managing to volley left footed past the far post.
Two minutes later and Coventry were level once again as Wilson got his first of two, attacking down the right hand side he lifted the ball over his marker before powering his effort beyond Marosi.
The hectic first half calmed down as the whistle drew nearer and it wasn’t until the 67th minute of the game that the action would restart.
Latics looked to have weathered a Coventry attack when Marosi expertly tipped over Billy Daniels’ curling free kick but two minutes later he couldn’t do anything to stop the hosts third goal.
It was once again a failed clearance that provided a goal as Jordan Clarke struck right footed on the volley inside the area, seeing his effort deflect off the back of a defender and into the top corner.
The game became a rough and tumble affair and Latics couldn’t find the vital breakthrough to equalise.
Coventry sealed their victory nine minutes from time when substitute Lewis Garner’s cross from the right was tapped in at the back post by Wilson.
Coventry: Dunn, Roberts, Haynes, Thomas, Henderson, Clarke, Jeffers (Lawton 40), Ruffles, C.Wilson, Daniels, Philliskirk
Unused subs: Maund, Rankin
Latics: Marosi, Campabadal (M.Wilson 89), Lynch, Buxton, Morris, Fyvie (R.Watson 60), Bingham, Redmond, Orsula, Espinoza, Angoy (Johnson 45)
Unused subs: Hare, Sumner