Latics up and running with convincing 5-0 win.
- Match report from Latics 5 Wrexham 0.
- Under 18s off the mark with first three points of the season.
- Sang double, Barrigan, Randell and Lang the scorers.
WIGAN ATHLETIC 5
Sang 3, 43
Wigan Athletic's Under 18s got up and running in the Football League Youth Alliance this weekend, with a convincing 5-0 victory over Wrexham earning their first three points of the new campaign, following on from the opening day defeat to Blackpool last Saturday.
A double from Chris Sang, and goals from James Barrigan, Nathan Randell and Callum Lang put the visitors to the sword in what coach Will Ryder described as 'the perfect reaction' to the narrow 2-1 loss on the first day of the season.
Latics made a blistering start at Robin Park Arena, with Sang heading home for his first goal of the season at the end of a well crafted move.
Matthew Rimmer won the ball in midfield, played the ball into the feet of Barrigan inside Wrexham's half, in turn he set the ball back into midfield for Randell whose pin-point pass found Rimmer out wide on the left. The midfielder floated the ball to the back post, a simple header for Sang in a great position for 1-0.
Latics continued to dominate in possession, turning it into another goal just before the half hour mark, another cross into the box paying dividends.
This time the delivery came from the right, Sang and Arnie Baxendale playing a neat one-two, before Baxendale's cross found the head of Barrigan for 2-0.
Two minutes from half time Latics had the game in their grasp when they found the net for the third time, a poor clearance from Wrexham's goalkeeper fell to Sang for his second of the afternoon. The striker took one touch before volleying in over the keeper's head.
Wrexham had their own spell of the game for the opening 10 minutes of the second half, but Latics soon tightened their grip, adding a fourth goal 15 minutes from time.
Substitute Chris Merrie collected the ball from his keeper Kelland Absalom midway inside Latics' half, before threading a perfect pass between defenders for Randell, who took the finish in his stride as he blasted in a right footed effort for 4-0.
Five minutes later substitute Lang got in on the action to make it 5-0, a sweeping right footed finish from the edge of the area found the bottom left corner.
Latics could have had more from the game, with Barrigan coming close at the end of a fine, flowing move from midfield, only to miss by inches with a glancing header late on.
With points now on the board, coach Will Ryder said it was exactly what his players deserved, and was delighted with their reaction to the disappointment of the opening day defeat.
"It was a very good display of what we've been working at all summer. The pitch was perfect for what we wanted to do, and the lads applied everything to win the game convincingly.
"Wrexham had a spell in the second half, but we dealt with it and continued to play with confidence. It was exactly the reaction we were looking for after the Blackpool game last week.
"We could have won by more in all honesty, we created a number of chances with some excellent football throughout."
Latics: Absalom, Baxendale, Stubbs, Beaumont, Lingard (White), Gregory, Burgess (Merrie), Randell, Rimmer, Sang (Lang), Barrigan
Unused subs: Roberts, Forecast