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30 July 2015

Latics continue winning run in Denmark with 5-1 victory against Odense Boldklub.

  • Latics win 5-1 at Odense Boldklub.
  • Follows on from victories against AC Horsens and Silkeborg IF.
  • U17s and U19s teams in first two friendlies.
It’s been a successful trip to Denmark so far for Wigan Athletic’s young professionals and scholars, with Latics claiming victories against all three of their opponents so far in the shape of AC Horsens, Silkeborg IF and Odense Boldklub.

Tuesday’s clash with Odense saw Latics’ Under 18s claim a 5-1 victory against OB’s Under 19s, following up from four previous matches, which saw the group split into an Under 17s and Under 19s against Horsens and Silkeborg.

ODENSE BOLDKLUB – Tuesday 28 July

An energetic performance against Odense saw Tom Powell open the scoring inside the first five minutes, with James Barrigan quickly making it 2-0 seven minutes later.  The hosts pulled a goal back just before half time, but then converted into their own net on the hour mark to strengthen Latics’ lead.

Striker Chris Sang added a fourth with three minutes remaining, before Barrigan claimed his second of the match and fourth during his time in Denmark.

Starting XI was as follows:

Roberts, Baxendale, Lingard, Burke, Beaumont, Fitton, Burgess, Rimmer, Barrigan, Powell, Randell

SILKEBORG IF – Saturday 25 July

On Saturday afternoon Latics split into two teams to take on Silkeborg, with the Under 19s clinching a narrow 1-0 victory thanks to a goal from first year professional Sam Cosgrove.

The Under 17s claimed a more comprehensive victory, with Callum Lang grabbing a brace and Chris Sang on target in a 3-0 win.

AC HORSENS – Wednesday 22 July

The opening encounters in Denmark set the tone for Latics’ more recent victories, with the Under 19s powering to a 9-1 win against Horsens last Wednesday.

Barrigan and Cosgrove both grabbed doubles, before Horsens turned the ball into their own net, giving Latics a dominant 5-0 lead before a goal from a trialist made it 6-0.

Nathan Randell made a huge impact when he introduced on the hour mark, grabbing himself a hat-trick in just a 30-minute appearance.

Over on the Under 17s’ pitch, Lang’s double followed up by goals from Powell and Sang earned Latics a 4-2 victory.


Gregor Rioch, Jack White and Peter Atherton.

Following the completion of his transfer from Northern Ireland’s Danske Bank Premiership side Glentoran, 16-year-old defender Jack White has joined up with the rest of the group in Denmark.

Jack is a Northern Ireland youth international, having represented his country on 12 separate occasions, the highlight of which came in the Victory Shield in 2014, when he scored a winning goal against Scotland.

The defender enters his first year as a scholar with Latics, hoping to continue his development internationally, as Northern Ireland prepare themselves for the Under 17 European Championship qualifiers in October against Israel, France and Norway.

On Jack’s signing, Academy Manager, Gregor Rioch said:

“We’re delighted to have Jack join our Academy, he’s an exciting talent who the coaching staff and ourselves are looking forward to working with.

“It’s fantastic to have another youth international joining our group, Jack adds even more potential to the squad.

“Jack’s got a good family and football upbringing which have both put him in a good position to do well here at Wigan Athletic.”

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