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U18 PREVIEW: WIGAN ATHLETIC V OLDHAM ATHLETIC

15 April 2015

Latics take on Oldham in Youth Alliance Semi Final

  • Latics host Oldham at Christopher Park.
  • 2.00pm kick off in Youth Alliance Cup Semi Final.
  • Winner to play MK Dons or Cheltenham in national final.

Wigan Athletic v Oldham Athletic
Wednesday 15 April 2015, kick off 2.00pm
at Christopher Park
Youth Alliance Cup Semi Final


PREVIEW

Latics host Oldham Athletic at Christopher Park with a place in the Youth Alliance Cup Final up for grabs against either MK Dons or Cheltenham Town, as Peter Atherton's side go in search of one of three pieces of silverware still on offer in what has been a largely successful campaign already.

With just one defeat in their last 28 matches, Latics still have a minimum of four games to play this season, with league clashes against Preston North End and Rochdale as they aim to beat Bury to the title, and the LFA Youth Cup Final against Tranmere Rovers on Saturday 25 April still to come.

Three straight victories in the Youth Alliance have put Latics back on track after five draws in seven games, with a 3-0 win at Accrington Stanley on the weekend coming after a 3-2 triumph at league leaders Bury and a 2-0 away win at Port Vale.

See the goals from the recent top of the table clash, two stunning strikes from Callum Lang and Josh Gregory, with Reece McNally on target to score the winner.



ROAD TO THE FINAL

Latics have battled through three penalty shootouts to make the semi-final of the cup, first edging past Hartlepool United 5-4 following a 1-1 draw in which Callum Lang grabbed the goal.

The second round also went to penalties after a 1-1 draw, this time at home to Bradford City, with Sam Cosgrove on target before a 4-3 win on spot kicks.

Round three continued to prove tricky, with goals from Adrian Purzycki, Adam Anson and Louis Robles bringing Latics from 1-0 down to win 3-2 at Robin Park Arena against Lincoln City.

Earning a place against Oldham saw Latics continue a familiar trend, but they had to battle even harder as with nine men, Atherton's youngsters drew 1-1 away at Carlisle United, before winning 5-4 on penalties, in which goalkeeper Owen Evans scored the winning spot kick.

See the action from the last round below, as Owen Evans saved and scored crucial penalties.



FOLLOW THE GAME

You can follow the game live with our free interactive service Latics Wall, bringing you frequent updates from Christopher Park.

Goal and major incident updates will also be available on Twitter via @LaticsOfficial.


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