Nine-man Latics into Northern Final as keeper Evans scores winning penalty in shootout.
- Latics draw 1-1 away at Carlisle, progressing with 5-4 penalty win.
- Owen Evans saving and scoring crucial spot kicks.
- One sent off in each half as nine men hold on to push game to shootout.
CARLISLE UNITED 1
WIGAN ATHLETIC 1
It was a dramatic afternoon in Cumbria for Latics, but progression through to the Youth Alliance Northern Final was eventually sealed on penalties, after a 1-1 draw in 90 minutes.
Two red cards, a goal apiece and a shootout winning goalkeeper supplied the games key talking points. Sam Cosgrove and Adam Anson were given their marching orders, with Latics' Charley Edge on the score sheet thanks to a well placed free kick just two minutes in, before Arron Bradbury equalised for the hosts to take it to penalties.
Owen Evans turned hero, saving Carlisle's first kick, before scoring Latics' fifth and final penalty to seal a place against either Accrington Stanley or Oldham Athletic.
Latics were dealt a tough hand on the road, with Cosgrove dismissed after just 35 minutes for kicking out at a defender and Anson dismissed with 15 minutes still to play for an altercation with the Carlisle goalkeeper.
A free kick from midfielder Edge in just the second minute of the game gave Latics a slender lead, but Bradbury's equaliser forced Latics to dig deep in order to take the game to penalties.
Evans pulled off a string of impressive saves to keep the scores level, before saving the first of 10 spot kicks between the two teams.
Carlisle scored their next four, as did Latics, and with one penalty to win the game, goalkeeper Evans himself stepped up to take, confidently dispatching to claim the moment of glory.
Latics: Evans, Baxendale, Lingard, Gregory, Harrison, McNally, Cvetkovic, Purzycki, Cosgrove, Barrigan (Anson 67), Edge (Lambert 85)
Unused Subs: Redmayne, Bannister, Foukamene