Latics progress in Youth Alliance Cup with 4-3 penalty shootout win against Bradford.
- Latics beat Bradford on penalties after 1-1 draw.
- Sam Cosgrove on target in the second half.
- Mayowa Balogun scores winning penalty second round in a row.
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Latics' Under 18s are turning penalty shootouts into a fine art, as they won their second in consecutive Youth Alliance Cup games, progressing through to the third round with a 4-3 win after a 1-1 draw in 90 minutes.
For the second round in a row Mayowa Balogun dispatched the winning spot kick too, with Welsh youth international Owen Evans on hand to save two of the Bradford City penalties.
Latics had to come from behind to take it beyond 90 minutes, with Sam Cosgrove scoring his second in two games during the second half to equalise.
Bradford took the lead around the 15 minute mark at Robin Park Arena, but Latics responded despite heading into half time 1-0 down, with Louis Robles coming closest when he headed an Alex Cvetkovic corner against the back post.
Cosgrove's equaliser was much deserved and well worked too, as Robles headed Cvetkovic's free kick across the box for the striker to tap home.
Robles almost turned match winner when he swiveled inside the edge of the box late on, but his right footed effort was well held by the Bradford goalkeeper.
And so it went to penalties, with Evans and Balogun the heroes. The defender scoring what turned out to be the decisive spot kick, and the Welsh stopper on form with two excellent saves.
Robles, Cvetkovic and Cosgrove all scored their penalties prior to Balogun's winner as it finished 4-3 to Latics.
Latics: Evans, Baxendale, Lingard (Barrigan 59), Anson, Harrison, McNally (Balogun 37), Purzycki (Merrie 78), Burke, Cosgrove, Robles, Cvetkovic
Unused subs: Absalom, Redmayne