Latics into Lancashire FA Senior Cup semi-finals with 1-0 win over Bolton Wanderers.
- Flores scores only goal of the game in 1-0 win.
- 10-man Latics into semi-finals.
- Impressive win against Bolton side containing seven players with first-team experience.
WIGAN ATHLETIC 1
BOLTON WANDERERS 0
Jordan Flores scored the only goal of the game to send 10-man Wigan Athletic into the Lancashire FA Senior Cup semi-finals at the expense of local rivals Bolton Wanderers at Robin Park Arena on Tuesday.
Flores scored 20 minutes from time for Joe Parkinson’s development squad who had Joey Johnson sent off midway through the second-half.
Latics, who were well organised throughout, will be in particularly delighted with the win given the strength of their opposition who named seven first-team players in their starting line-up including Dean Moxey, David Wheater, Liam Trotter and Joe Mason for the last-eight tie.
The visitors were on top throughout the early stages with tricky winger Rob Hall, who has played 23 times for the Trotters’ first-team, denied by an excellent block from Thomas Rogne after he’d been played in by Mason.
Hall then turned provider for former Cardiff City man Mason who was prevented by a superb save from Lee Nicholls.
Former England youth international and West Ham United winger Hall was a constant threat and he crashed a 25-yard drive against the post as the Trotters took control in the opening ten minutes.
However, to their credit, Latics worked a way back into the game and went close when Johnson played Sam Cosgrove in down the channel and he cut back for Alex Cvetkovic who fired straight at Ross Fitzsimmons.
The second-half began in similar fashion to the first, Rogne again on hand to deny Conor Wilkinson who was well placed eight yards out.
Cvetkovic then hit the same post Hall hit in the first-half with a rasping 25-yard drive as Latics began to take the initiative.
Johnson’s dismissal for a reckless challenge on Wilkinson after five second-half minutes allowed the Trotters chance to exert some dominance but Parkinson’s side were intelligent in the way they kept their shape and killed the tempo of the visitors’ attacks.
It was Latics who continued to look more likely as a result and Matty Hamilton’s neat pass found Flores only for the forward to be denied by a superb stop from Fitzsimmons across the face of his goal.
20 minutes from time and Latics’ effectiveness on the counter-attack was rewarded as Cosgrove was played in down the right before crossing left-footed for Flores to beat Wheater inside the six-yard box to prod home.
Minutes later and Flores went close to doubling the advantage as his 30-yard free-kick deflected off the wall and went inches wide of Fitzsimmons’ left-hand post.
The final five minutes - and the six minutes of injury time – were backs to the wall for Latics with Nicholls commanding his troops forward.
Trotter, Hall and Wilkinson all went close by the Huyton-born goalkeeper was on hand to save from the former two with the latter heading wide from a corner.
Latics: Nicholls, Burke, Lambert, Cvetkovic, Rogne, Wilson, Jennings, Hamilton, Cosgrove, Johnson, Flores (Robles, 86).
Subs not used: Absalom, Balogun, Baxendale.
Bolton: Fitzsimmons, Maher, Moxey, Threlkeld (Sellars 45), Wheater, Campbell-Young, Lester (Clough, 62), Trotter, Mason (Woolery, 76), Wilkinson, Hall.
Subs not used: Taylor, Jaaskelainen.