Under 18s beaten at Robin Park ArenaWIGAN ATHLETIC U18s 0
ROCHDALE U18s 5
Latics' first home game of the season ended in despair after they were beaten 5-0 by last season's LFA Youth Cup final opponents, the same score as the final finished.
A promising showing in the first half and some fine goalkeeping by Latics' trialist stopper wasn't enough to keep Rochdale out as they ensured a dominating score line.
Matty Hamilton provided a bright spark up top for Latics in what turned into a scrappy game in parts.
Latics were 2-0 down by half time as the defence were left napping, giving Latics' 'keeper little chance to save in one-on-one situations.
He had previously pulled off a strong of fine stops tipping a close range volley over his bar and saving low from a free header from a corner.
Rochdale notched another three goals in the second half as Latics continued to push forwards, with the best chance falling to Hamilton as a deflection took his 20 yard effort rounds the bottom of the goalkeeper's left hand post.
A Latics side mainly consisting of first year scholars were given a tough task against a physical Rochdale side.
Latics: Trialist, Leigh, Lambert (Anson 58), Foukamene (Gregory 45), Harrison, Gibbons, Bannister (Trialist 45), Mather, Hamilton, Trialist, Carey