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DENMARK: U18S PLAY IN FINAL FRIENDLY V FC NORDSJAELLAND

3 August 2015

Latics end Denmark trip with narrow defeat to FC Nordsjaelland.

  • Final update from Latics' U18s and Development Squad in Denmark.
  • Trip rounded off with friendly against FC Nordsjaelland.
  • Latics' unbeaten trip ended with 2-0 defeat at Farum Park.

Wigan Athletic's Under 18s and Development Squad ended their pre-season trip to Denmark with a narrow defeat to top ranked Danish U19 side FC Nordsjaelland on Saturday.

The match at Nordsjaelland's Farum Park put an end to Latics' unbeaten visit to Denmark, having recording convincing victories against AC Horsens, Silkeborg IF and Odense Boldklub.

FC NORDSJAELLAND - Saturday 1 August


Latics suffered a narrow 2-0 defeat against Denmark's highest ranked Under 19 side on Saturday afternoon, with two goals from FC Nordsjaelland play-maker Emre Mor in the second half.

Facing several absences due to illness and injury, Latics were braced for a strong start from their hosts, holding out in the opening stages as Nordsjaelland pressed for 20 minutes.

Defender Luke Burke and goalkeeper Kelland Absalom held Latics' back line well to deny Nordsjaelland, helping their side to grow in confidence.

The game became much more physical and competitive, with Latics beginning to attack with pace as the first half came to a close.

Latics started the brighter in the second half and created the first clear cut chance of the game, as the Nordsjaelland keeper was forced into a fingertip save from a corner.

Unfortunately for Latics the hosts found their way through during a six minute spell, the opening goal from Mor coming in the 72nd minute.

Mor dodged through Latics' defence with a combination of one-twos, before a tidy finish.  He grabbed his second in the 78th minute, a similarly impressive piece of individual play.

Speaking after the game, Academy Manager, Gregor Rioch said:

"The result was a disappointing way to end the tour, but the level of performance from our Under 18s against older opposition was a credit to all involved.

"The knowledge, experience and memories they will take away from Denmark will serve them well this season and beyond."



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