Latics knocked out of LFA Youth Cup in narrow defeat.
- Latics beaten 2-1 in LFA Cup quarter final.
- Powell on target despite loss to Oldham.
- Hosts down to 10 men late on in tight contest.
OLDHAM ATHLETIC 2
WIGAN ATHLETIC 1
In a close-fought contest on Saturday morning, holders Latics were eliminated from the Lancashire FA Youth Cup at the quarter final stage at the hands of a 2-1 defeat away to Oldham Athletic.
Tom Powell was on target to the first time this season, but the achievement was cancelled out by two goals from set pieces in either half to see the hosts into the semi-final against Bolton Wanderers.
Rio Murray gave Oldham an early lead when he challenged aerially for a free kick, with Powell's work rate and tenacity reaping rewards when he closed down the Oldham keeper for the equaliser, only for a whipped corner to be glanced in just after the hour mark by Dylan King for the winner. The game turned scrappy in the final few minutes, with an altercation seeing opening scorer Murray sent off.
It was tough for Latics to get their usual rhythm and passing style asserted on the contest due to the difficult pitch conditions, and they found themselves a goal down within the opening 15 minutes when a free kick from wide left caused problems.
Replays suggest goalkeeper Kelland Absalom had two hands on the delivery, however the ball fell loose under an aerial challenge, allowing Murray to sweep it home for 1-0.
Latics replied in typical fashion, hard work paying off when Powell chased Josh Gregory's long pass, forcing the Oldham defence to go back to their keeper. Powell closed him down, receiving his reward for quick thinking as the clearance rebounded off him and into the net for 1-1.
Oldham claimed their winner from a second set piece, this time a corner from the far side was swung in towards the near post, with King claiming the final touch as the ball agonisingly beat Absalom and his defender on the line.
The hosts finished the match with 10 men when opening goal scorer Murray was given his marching order for reacting during an altercation following a challenge, but they held on despite Latics' best effort to level the score line.
Latics: Absalom, Baxendale, Taylor (Lingard 59), Gregory, Burke, Forecast, Burgess, Powell (Randell 62), Lang, Barrigan, Rimmer (Stubbs 68)
Unused subs: Beaumont, Fitton