Latics triumphant in Youth Alliance Cup first round as Balogun scores winning penalty.
- Lang scores equaliser to force extra time.
- 1-1 draw forces cup game to penalties.
- Balogun strikes final penalty to see Latics through.
HARTLEPOOL UNITED 1
WIGAN ATHLETIC 1
After falling behind in the first half to host Hartlepool United, Latics' Under 18s proved their strength, levelling through Callum Lang to send the game to extra time, with Peter Atherton's side triumphant in the ensuing penalty shootout.
Defender Mayowa Balogun scored the winning spotkick, in what was a tough test for Latics, having dropped down to ten men, when Adrian Purzycki was sent off in extra time.
Latics took the initiative in the first round of the Youth Alliance Cup, with a strong start to the game, but they were hit with a sucker punch when Hartlepool's Kiernan Green has the hosts ahead midway through the first half.
The second half proved more fruitful, and with his second goal of the campaign, Lang had Latics level when he turned in a well delivered free kick.
Latics hit the woodwork twice following their goal and arguably could have settled the tie before extra time, but they continued to battle and got their rewards, albeit in the form of a penalty shootout.
With eight penalties all converted, Hartlepool scorer Green saw his side's fifth spot kick turned away, with Balogun stepping up to convert Latics' fifth, sealing a place in the second round.
Latics: Evans, Burke, McNally, Gregory (Merrie 77), Anson, Balogun, Cvetkovic, Purzycki, Robles, Lang, Redmayne (Sang 67)
Unused subs: Absalom, Carey, Stubbs