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U18 REPORT: WIGAN ATHLETIC 6 ACCRINGTON STANLEY 2

14 November 2014

Cosgrove and Robles on the double as Latics win 6-2 to go top.

  • Latics go top of the Youth Alliance with 6-2 win.
  • Seventh straight victory for Latics and nine unbeaten.
  • Cosgrove and Robles score twice in victory over Accrington.

WIGAN ATHLETIC 6
Cosgrove 29, 72
Robles 49 (pen), 60 (pen)
Langford 52
Baxendale 90

ACCRINGTON STANLEY 2

Another powerful display from Peter Atherton's Under 18s saw Latics head to top spot in the Football League Youth Alliance, as two goals from Sam Cosgrove, two goals from Louis Robles and one each for defenders Liam Langford and Arnie Baxendale claimed a 6-2 victory over Accrington Stanley.

The win sees Latics stretch their winning run to seven games and nine unbeaten in total, with the braces for Cosgrove and Robles taking them onto 14 and 12 goals for the season.

It took until the 29th minute for Latics to open the scoring at Robin Park Arena, but they did it in style, with a direct run from Alex Lingard down the left side providing the perfect assist for Cosgrove who stooped to head the ball between the Accrington goalkeeper's legs.

Lingard had been providing the crosses throughout the opening stages, with Latics unlucky not to already be ahead, as Robles saw a header cleared off the line before Cosgrove's opener.

Half time approached and Latics were caught cold on the counter attack, with Dieter Downey peeling off to the left side before lifting the ball over Kelland Absalom.

Four minutes into the second half and Latics were deservedly back in front.  Robles danced into the area and down the left by-line, skipping over one challenge, before he was tumbled by the second.

The striker dusted himself off and converted from the spot with ease as he whipped it into the bottom right corner for his 11th goal of the season.

Two minutes later and Cosgrove almost punished Accrington again, this time forcing Christian Evans into the save of the game as the striker swiveled in the area, but saw his fierce effort tipped around the left post.

Just seven minutes into the second half Latics grabbed their third of the game when centre back Liam Langford rose highest at the back post from a Lingard corner to head home.

With the hour mark approaching, Robles made it 4-1, again from the penalty spot.  This time Cosgrove went to ground, with the linesman flagging for an Accrington free kick, only for the referee to over rule his assistant and point to the spot.

Robles' comfortable finish providing the theme for the afternoon.

On 72 minutes Cosgrove grabbed his second of the game, chasing what looked like a lost cause down the left side, retrieving possession, shifting his feet into space on the edge of the box and driving the ball into the bottom left corner for 5-1.

With the game seemingly all over, both sides scored in the dying moments before the full time whistle.

Baxendale was involved in both goals, first losing possession down the right side of his own half to allow Accrington a second goal, before determination to redeem himself was on show for all to see.

The right back picking the ball up on the half way line to start a tenacious run which saw him reach the right edge of the six yard box, before lashing home for 6-2.

An impressive victory for the Under 18s at Robin Park which seems them top of the Youth Alliance by one point over Rochdale.

Latics: Absalom, Baxendale, Anson, Langford, McNally (Lambert 79), Redmayne (Foukamene 61), Cvetkovic, Gregory (Balogun 79), Lingard, Robles, Cosgrove
Subs: Harrison

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