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U18 REPORT: SHREWSBURY TOWN 1 WIGAN ATHLETIC 3

3 November 2014

Latics' unbeaten run stretches to seven games with fourth win in a row.

  • Latics win 3-1 at Shrewsbury for fourth straight league win.
  • Robles scores 10th goal of season.
  • Cosgrove and Cvetkovic also on score sheet again.

SHREWSBURY TOWN 1
Carter 56
Flint s/o 64

WIGAN ATHLETIC 3
Robles 46
Cosgrove 51 (pen), s/o 61
Cvetkovic 87

Peter Atherton's Latics continued their march up the Football League Youth Alliance and their impressive performances at the weekend with a 3-1 away victory over Shrewsbury Town.

Louis Robles, Sam Cosgrove and Alex Cvetkovic continued their rich run of goal scoring, but both sides ended up with 10 men, after Cosgrove saw red along with Shrewsbury's Niall Flint.

After a close first half, Robles broke the deadlock.  Tenacious work from Adrian Purzycki in midfield allowed for Robles to dodge past the right full back before lashing, left footed beyond the goalkeeper for his 10th goal of the season.

Five minutes later Latics doubled their lead when Cosgrove converted from the penalty spot to continue his consecutive goal scoring run, which has seen him net eight in just six games.

Shrewsbury pulled one back on 56 minutes through Joel Carter, before the heat turned up at Shrewsbury Sports Village when Cosgrove was sent off for an altercation with Niall Flint.

Three minutes later Flint saw red himself for a second bookable offence, restoring the numerical balance.

Latics have been sensational going forwards so far this season and with three minutes remaining, Alex Cvetkovic added the Under 18s' 28th goal in just 14 games.

Purzycki was once again tenacious in his role in midfield, sliding in to dispossess in midfield and persisting to feed Cvetkovic through down the right side.

The wide midfielder saw his opportunity and took it with aplomb, lifting the ball over the goalkeeper to round off another satisfying morning, which resulted with Latics just two points from the summit of the Youth Alliance in fifth.

Latics: Evans, Baxendale (Burke 72), Balogun, Gregory, Harrison, Langford, Cvetkovic, Purzycki, Cosgrove, Robles, Lingard (Redmayne 80)

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