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6 August 2017

Latics come from two-behind to draw against older opposition.

  • Match Report: Pruessen Munster U19 2 – 2 Wigan Athletic U18.
  • Goals from Mwiya Malumo and Will McGuffie for Nick Chadwick’s Latics.
  • Full diaries from the tour in Blackpool Carabao Cup and Bury league programmes.

Playing in a different formation, Latics, who were again facing older and physically more developed opposition, fielding six U18s and five U17s, knew they were in for a physical contest from the first tackle.

Munster had a very early chance with goalkeeper Jordan Perrin saving well with his outstretched left foot. Moments later Munster hit the crossbar from a direct free kick.

The young Latics settled into the game and, although the first half was scrappy at times, they more than held their own in terms of possession and physicality. Chances were generally limited to long range shots and speculative crosses as neither team were able to create any real goal scoring opportunities.

The half-time break saw Coach Nick Chadwick make two substitutions introducing U16s Joseph McWilliam and Jensen Weir. The half was only a few minutes in when Munster took a somewhat controversial lead with the Dutch referee allowing a debatable free kick in midfield to be taken while the ball was moving and into the path of an offside player who ran through score into the bottom corner.

The game then improved in quality with the young Latics enjoying a lot of possession and being far more creative while the German side looked to create a defensive block and work off their counter-attack. It was one of these counter-attacks that saw them firstly force Perrin into a smart save to tip a powerful shot over the bar before they then extended their lead to 2-0 when a long cross received the slightest of touches off the head of the tall Muster forward.

Finding themselves 2-0 down but controlling most of the game, Latics made a couple more substitutions and changed the formation. With this came a period of adjustment before the Latics tempo and play increased to a level which the opposition clearly found difficult to cope with as they resorted to a period of fouls to break up the Latics play.

Latics went close to scoring when captain Anthony Plant and striker Charlie Jolley tested the Munster goalkeeper from long range.

Chadwick’s side then won a penalty on the 70th minute when left back Bradley Roberts was brought down as he advanced into the area following some intricate build up play. Striker Mwiya Malumo scored the penalty firing the ball into the corner.

Latics quickly regained possession from the restart and, following some good hold-up play, Malumo was fouled to the right side of the penalty area. A precise delivery from Joseph Downey was met by a bullet header by the excellent Will McGuffie to make it 2-2.

The final twenty minutes were littered with half chances while the Latics showed an impressive resilience and determination to win.

Another good performance by the younger Latics who are now unbeaten in both of their games on tour to date with two more games to follow on Tuesday and Saturday this week.

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