Latics win LFA Youth Cup in emphatic style.
- Latics pick up LFA Youth Cup with 6-1 win against Tranmere.
- Louis Robles scores hat-trick in dominant victory.
- Josh Gregory, Sam Cosgrove and Arnie Baxendale amongst the scoring.
WIGAN ATHLETIC 6
Robles 10, 41, 45+1
TRANMERE ROVERS 1
After a demanding 41-game season, Latics emphatically claimed a much deserved piece of silverware at Christopher Park with an impressive 6-1 victory against Tranmere Rovers to lift the Lancashire FA Youth Cup on Saturday morning.
The tone for the morning was set within the first 10 minutes with goals from Josh Gregory and Louis Robles, who by half time had already completed his hat-trick. Substitute Sam Cosgrove made it 5-0, before the visitors claimed a consolation. Latics ended the morning on a high when Arnie Baxendale headed in the sixth as Latics went on to lift the cup.
After the disappointment of losing out on the Youth Alliance title the Tuesday previous, Latics responded in perfect fashion and just five minutes in opening scorer Gregory fired a warning shot with a fizzing low strike to test the goalkeeper.
Two minutes later Gregory had his goal, and arguably the most impressive combination of the game as his volleyed pass wide to Alex Lingard from the edge of the area was met by a first time cross, allowing Gregory to find space in the area, heading over the keeper and in off the cross bar.
Inside the tenth minute leading scorer Robles grabbed his 27th of the season, stealing in at the near post to nod home Callum Lang's corner.
Latics' potency up front has garnered 88 goals this campaign (including the final six), and was a joy to observe on a slick surface, with Robles sliding in his second of the game to make it 3-0 after 41 minutes.
The striker timed his run perfectly to get in behind the defence down the left side to latch onto a pin-point pass, before sliding the ball across the keeper and into the bottom right corner.
Robles was taking home the match ball before half time, heading in for a second time in the first minute of stoppage time from another corner to make it 29 goals for the season.
Tranmere settled themselves for a spell in the second half, but that still didn't stop Latics from creating chances, Gregory narrowly sending a free kick wide of the right post and Chris Merrie firing through bodies but also just wide.
Just before the hour mark Robles came close to finishing his season on 30 goals, but he could only steer the ball wide of the left post after latching onto an excellent delivery.
A minute later the striker departed to a standing ovation as Latics took off a 29-goal striker and brought on a 21-goal striker in Sam Cosgrove, who would soon make it 22.
Opening scorer Gregory was also given a warm ovation from supporters at Christopher Park when he was replaced by James Barrigan in the 72nd minute.
Three minutes later and that seemingly customary Cosgrove goal arrived, his persistence paying off outside the area as he wrestled for possession, before advancing on goal and finishing underneath the goalkeeper.
Latics' defensive unit hadn't looked like breaking, a solid display from a back three of Luke Burke, Adam Anson and Reece McNally, but Tranmere somehow managed to grab a consolation from just inside the area with 12 minutes remaining, a shot too powerful for Owen Evans.
One minute later Tranmere looked like claiming a second, but Wales Under 19 international Evans pulled off the save of the game to tip away a goal-bound shot from his top left corner.
As the clock ticked down and Latics came close and closer to glory, Baxendale made sure they hit Tranmere for six, when he met Lingard's cross at the right post, leaping above the defence to head home his second of the season.
Latics went on to lift the trophy at Christopher Park, before being paraded at the DW Stadium later in the afternoon.
Latics: Evans, Burke, Lingard, Gregory (Barrigan 72), Anson, McNally, Baxendale, Purzycki, Lang (Sang 83), Robles (Cosgrove 61), Merrie
Unused subs: Absalom, Lambert