Under-18s through to the EFL Youth Alliance Cup Area final with penalty shootout win over Blackpool.
- Latics’ under-18s through to the EFL Youth Alliance Cup area final.
- Tom Powell’s penalty cancelled out by Rowan Roache in normal time.
- Callum Lang scores decisive spot-kick.
Wigan Athletic’s under-18 side progressed to the EFL Youth Alliance Cup area final with a penalty shootout victory over Blackpool on the Fylde coast on Saturday.
Tom Powell gave Latics the lead in normal time from the spot, before Rowan Roache also scored a penalty for the hosts to send the tie to a penalty shootout.
In a very competitive game, two good sides created enough chances to win the game with Latics edging the first-half whilst the Seasiders fared better in the second.
Overall, a draw and penalty shootout decider was a fair reflection of the game in terms of who deserved to win, especially given that both penalties in normal time came under controversial circumstances.
Latics’ came when Matty Taylor fired into the channel for Lang to latch onto and break into the box. He was brought down by Ben Jacobson, though it was a debatable foul and looked like he got the ball before making contact with Lang. Powell made no mistake from the spot, though.
Blackpool’s penalty came from a debatable foul and resultant penalty too, with Roache slotting home on 54 minutes.
The rest of the game became a bit of a battle and Latics defended well, with Theo Roberts making a great save with minutes to go from about four yards out.
Latics scored all five of their spot-kicks with Powell, Shane Donaghey, Sam Stubbs and Luke Burgess notching before Lang’s winner.
Latics: Roberts, Plant, Taylor, Stubbs, Donaghey, Burgess, Merrie, Powell, Lang, Cotter (Gelhardt 78), Forecast.
Subs: Perrin, Malumo, Golden, Downey