Three claim braces in dominant win at Morecambe.
- Latics power to 7-0 victory at Morecambe.
- Cosgrove, Woolery and Flores all grab braces in dominant win.
- Lingard also on target as Latics claim first three points of Central League Cup group stage.
WIGAN ATHLETIC 7
Cosgrove 11, 21
Woolery 24, 81
Flores 47, 66
Latics claimed their first points of the Central League Cup group stage in style on Tuesday afternoon as they put seven past Morecambe at the Globe Arena, with Sam Cosgrove, Kaiyne Woolery and Jordan Flores all claiming braces alongside a powerful strike from defender Alex Lingard.
Cosgrove, Woolery and Lingard had Peter Atherton's side off to a flyer against a young Morecambe outfit within 24 minutes, Cosgrove and Lingard slamming home close range efforts, before Cosgrove headed in his second and Woolery fired in Latics' fourth. Flores extended Latics' advantage after half time with two cool strikes, before Woolery also grabbed his brace, another well taken goal from the edge of the area.
Latics were well in control from the off and with warning shots fired from Woolery and Barrigan in the opening 10 minutes, it was no surprise that Cosgrove opened the scoring shortly after.
Flores found himself in a battle down the right handside, but used his strength to work a cross low into the front of the area for his striker, with Cosgrove taking one touch to open the ball up for his powerful finish past Niall Maher.
Three minutes later Latics doubled their lead in similar circumstances, another cross from the right this time from Kyle Knoyle, flicked on by Cosgrove for Lingard who hammered high into Maher's goal.
Latics continued to push and probe often with devastating power and pace, Lingard, James Barrigan and Danny O'Brien constantly linking up down the left, with Flores, Knoyle and Woolery working the right side.
Defensively it was a breeze in the first half for Sam Stubbs and Adam Anson who, together with goalkeeper Theo Roberts, were quick to kick start forward movement with their excellent distribution.
Latics were 3-0 up just after the 20 minute mark when Arnie Baxendale showed exactly what he's all about, skipping down the right wing and brushing off challenges before standing a cross up for Cosgrove to head low into the bottom left corner.
A fourth followed shortly after when an example of Woolery's speed was clear to see, latching onto Flores' threaded pass down the middle and easing both defenders away before finishing coolly into the bottom right for 4-0.
Latics continued to create chances as the half slowed down, with O'Brien stinging the keeper's gloves, before Baxendale saw his low shot deflected narrowly wide of the right post.
Cosgrove tried for his hat-trick from distance after picking up on a mistake by Paul Dawson in midfield, but Maher's parried save denied him the match ball.
Stubbs struck the post at point blank range before half time, but Latics didn't have to wait long after the break to find their fifth, when Flores barged his way inside from the right to drive a low, left footed effort beyond Maher.
Flores made it 6-0 just after the hour mark with a remarkably similar goal, again coming in from the right side to beat Maher with a strong left footed finish.
Latics remained in control throughout the second half but threatened Morecambe's goal less than in the previous 45 minutes, when they did though, they did it with precision and none more so than Woolery's second of the game as he shifted the ball out of his feet on the edge of the box before crashing his shot home for 7-0.
Following the opening match defeat away at Fleetwood Town, Latics' dominant victory at the Globe Arena gives them a fighting chance of progression from the group, with one game remaining at home to Port Vale.
Morecambe: Maher, Webb, Davis, Brownsword, Jenkinson, Dawson, Nelligan (Ingham 46), Hedley, Hawley, Box, Yawson
Unused subs: Armstrong, Dutton-Kay, Fairclough, Fletcher
Latics: Roberts, Knoyle, Lingard, Baxendale (Taylor 82), Stubbs, Anson (Gregory 46), Barrigan, O'Brien (Lang 74), Cosgrove (Boyd 56), Woolery, Flores