Barrigan and Sang combine as Latics win to keep sixth consecutive league clean sheet.
- Latics now 14 games unbeaten after 3-0 victory.
- Barrigan (2) and Sang on the score sheet.
- Shut out makes it six clean sheets in a row in league.
WIGAN ATHLETIC 3
Barrigan 14 (pen), 55
CARLISLE UNITED 0
Latics continued their fine run of form to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to 14 games, following a comfortable 3-0 victory over Carlisle United at Robin Park Arena, with two goals from James Barrigan and a close range finish from Chris Sang.
The clean sheet was also Latics' sixth in a row in the Football League Youth Alliance, with a strong defensive display providing the back bone for a victory which sent Latics back to the top of the division.
Early warning sides were shown to the visitors from Cumbria, with Barrigan almost opening the scoring inside just the fourth minute, but he could only slide the ball wide from close range after wriggling free in the area.
It took Latics just 10 minutes to get the ball rolling though, when Josh Gregory beat two men on the edge of the area to break into the box, only for a pull back on his shirt to send him tumbling, earning Latics a clear-cut penalty.
Barrigan stepped up calmly and dispatched into the bottom left corner for his 12th goal of the season.
Two minutes later defender Sam Stubbs came the post's width from doubling Latics' lead with a sensational effort from the edge of the area, the strong runner barging his way through before unleashing a right footed effort which cannoned back off the left post.
Latics held onto the ball for prolonged periods of the first half, but they couldn't quite squeeze through in the final third to extend their lead, that was until the 43rd minute.
Arnie Baxendale escaped down the right hand side to cross from the by-line, with Sang well placed at the near post to attempt a first time shot. The shot was blocked by a covering defender, but it fell back to the feet of Sang, who struck across the keeper well to find the bottom left corner.
It was almost 3-0 just a minute later, Callum Lang beating the defence, but denied one-on-one by the goalkeeper.
Ten minutes into the second half Lang came close again, this time acrobatically attempting an overhead kick in the area, only to be denied on the goal line.
A minute later Latics claimed their third goal of the afternoon, Chris Merrie unlocking the defence with a pass down the right side for Sang, his low effort was touched on by the keeper, only for Barrigan to follow in the parry for his second of the game from close range.
Just after the hour mark Jamie Cotter was introduced to replace Gregory, with the midfielder performing brightly during his 30 minutes on the pitch.
Cotter offered a number of surging runs into the Carlisle half, as well as pulling off a crucial block tackle on the edge of the box to deny the visitors a clear route to goal down the left side.
Lang came close again to adding his name to the score sheet, but again he was denied by the goalkeeper, who got a touch to a powerful effort to send the ball narrowly over the bar.
Baxendale almost went close, driving a low shot from the right side a few inches wide of the left post.
Latics introduced two more substitutes during the second half, with Jack White on for Alex Lingard, and the ever-energetic Nathan Randell on for second goal scorer Sang.
Will Ryder's side continued to work hard as the final whistle drew near, remaining a solid unit at the back to produce a sixth league clean sheet in a row.
Latics: Absalom, Baxendale, Lingard (White 73), Gregory (Cotter 61), Burke, Stubbs, Rimmer, Lang, Sang (Randell 80), Barrigan, Merrie
Unused Subs: Beaumont, Burgess
Carlisle: Williams, Hurley, Douglas, Groves, Pearson, Rudd, Robson, Brown, Taylor, Hall, Holt