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U18 REPORT: WIGAN ATHLETIC 2 BURNLEY 2

9 March 2015

Latics pegged back for a draw at home to Burnley.

  • Latics held to draw at home to Burnley.
  • James Barrigan and Adam Anson on target in the first half.
  • Early second half double pulls Clarets back to 2-2.

WIGAN ATHLETIC 2
Barrigan 7
Anson 12

BURNLEY 2
Metz 47
Azam 54

Latics made up ground on league leaders Bury on Saturday, but the three points evaded Peter Atherton's youngsters after a 2-0 lead at half time was cut down in the space of seven second half minutes as Burnley pulled level to draw 2-2 at Robin Park Arena.

Early goals from front duo James Barrigan and Adam Anson had Latics well in front, but after being thwarted for the rest of the half, the visitors matched the goal tally with a quick fire double of their own thanks to Khius Metz and Waqas Azam.

Latics fired out of the blocks and their clinical finishing touch, as shown in their 64 goals so far this season, was on show again.

Seven minutes in and with the first attempt on goal of the game, Barrigan tapped in from close range, latching onto the end of an excellent Cvetkovic delivery.

Anson held the ball up just inside the area, found Cvetkovic wide on the right and then came the low cross, fizzed through the six yard box for Barrigan to find the net with aplomb.

Five minutes later and Latics' second shot on target also found the net.  Anson chased down a slow moving Burnley centre back and raced through one-on-one with the goalkeeper to slot his effort into the bottom right corner.

It was a relatively quiet half for Kelland Absalom in Latics' goal, but when called upon he produced the save of the game, denying Burnley forward Jackson one-on-one, diving to his right and pushing the effort away for a corner.

Latics piled pressure on Burnley towards half time, with a number of corners and free kicks, but couldn't find a way through for a third goal.

Two minutes into the second half Burnley pulled one back, forward Metz sprinting in on goal down the middle and beating Absalom with a cool finish.

Just seven minutes later and the young Clarets were level, right back Azam stayed up from an attack, only to find the ball at his feet in the area, a simple finish as he poked it through Absalom's legs.

A little shaken and with work to do to regain control, Latics eventually worked the best chances to take all three points.

Josh Gregory flicked a near post header narrowly over on 61 minutes, before Latics' trialist looked to have been fouled in the box as he shot from Cvetkovic's low cross, but neither a corner nor penalty was given, despite what looked like a connection from a Burnley defender.

With just four minutes remaining Cvetkovic powered an effort wide after Alaster Redmayne and Anson had shots blocked from close range, but the closest to a winning goal came moments later.

It was Cvetkovic again, this time a sweetly struck free kick from the edge of the area crashed down off the under side of the cross bar to Latics' agony.  Nobody could react quickly enough to follow the ball up, and Latics were left to settle for a point.

The draw leaves Latics second in the Football League Youth Alliance, three points behind leaders Bury.

Latics: Absalom, Baxendale, McNally, Gregory (Lingard 65), Harrison, Langford, Cvetkovic, Merrie, Anson, Barrigan (Redmayne 73), Trialist
Unused Subs: Evans, Bannister, Foukamene

Burnley: King, El-Fitouri, Hill, Bianga, Hobson, Dixon, Crawford, Wilson, Metz, Dolling, Jackson
Unused Subs: Massanka, Azam


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