Back-to-back wins for Latics in strong victory over Bury.
- Match report from Bury 0 Latics 2 in the Youth Alliance.
- Barrigan and Burke on target against holders Bury.
- Excellent performance yields second win of the season.
WIGAN ATHLETIC 2
Latics' Under 18s made it back-to-back wins in the Football League Youth Alliance this weekend, as James Barrigan and Luke Burke found the score sheet in a 2-0 victory away to last season's winners Bury, following on from a 5-0 triumph at Wrexham the previous week.
A good pitch created good football for both sides, but Latics' style shone through, yielding the winning goals in the second half after a first half full of chances.
It was a controlled display from Will Ryder's Under 18s, preventing their hosts from any clear cut chances in the opening 45 minutes. Disappointingly for Latics' effort in the first half it remained 0-0 at the break, despite a number of chances.
Bury had a short spell in control of the game at the start of the second half, but a glaring miss from eight yards by their centre forward allowed Latics a chance to re-group and re-take control.
Barrigan found the back of the net for the third game running around the hour mark, racing through one-on-one with the Bury goalkeeper, before coolly slotting in for 1-0. A well deserved goal for the forward.
No more than 10 minutes later Latics got their second, a well worked corner routine paying off for defender Burke who crept in to double the lead.
From then on it was a case of seeing the game out, something Latics did with relative comfort to claim their second victory of the new season.
Speaking after the win, coach Will Ryder said:
"We knew after last week's 5-0 win that we would be in for a different game against Bury, they won the league last year and their team included a lot of second years who experienced that success.
"Our team was a mix of first and second years, but we've got a good understanding already and the football we played on a very good pitch at Carrington was great to see.
"In fairness we could have been 2-0 or 3-0 up in the first half, but despite the disappointment we managed to keep our heads up and grab two deserved goals in the second half.
"I was pleased for Baz (James Barrigan) because he had worked very hard off the ball, and it was great to see Burkey (Luke Burke) score from a set piece routine we have practiced in training."
Latics: Absalom, Baxendale, Lingard, Burke, Stubbs, Gregory, Merrie, Rimmer (Burgess), Lang, Randell (Sang), Barrigan (Beaumont)
Unused subs: Roberts (GK), White