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26 November 2013

Cosgrove hat trick can't prevent exit from LFA Youth Cup.


Cosgrove 21 (pen), 26, 89

Latics fell to an early exit in the LFA Youth Cup in a second eight goal thriller against Bury this season despite in form striker Sam Cosgrove netting a superb hat trick.

John Doolan's men reached the final of the competition last season, but saw themselves eliminated at the first round this year against a side they had previously drawn 4-4 with in the Youth Alliance back in October.

After a bright start, Latics found themselves a goal down from Bury's first attack, but on 21 minutes Cosgrove soon had his side level from the penalty spot to start off his impressive hat trick.

The hosts retook the lead not long after from the edge of the penalty area after Sean Harrison lost possession, but Cosgrove was on hand again to equalise.

Matthew Hamilton was upended 25 yards from goal and Cosgrove showed a touch of class as he whipped the ball over the Bury wall to make it 2-2.

Latics began to get a grip of the game, but Bury persisted to prove a threat and on 38 minutes they made it 3-2 after a mistake in defence.

The game could have turned on its head straight after the restart from half time if weren't for the woodwork, as Adam Anson turned a Jordan Flores cross onto the bar.

Moments later Flores himself hit the frame when he struck the post from 20 yards.

Instead the next goal fell to the young Shakers on 70 minutes when Latics allowed a free header for 4-2.

Four minutes later Bury made it 5-2 to edge the game away from Latics, but with a minute remaining the goal of the game brought about Cosgrove's third of the day.

Working the ball from defence, Flores and Declan Poole linked up in midfield, with Poole finding space out wide to cross to Hamilton on the edge of the area, he played the ball back and Cosgrove did the rest, smashing in first time for his third of the afternoon.

Latics: Maulby, Leigh, Balogun, Harrison, Anson, Gregory, Poole, Flores, McNally, Cosgrove, Hamilton
Subs: Carey, Bannister, Gibbons

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