Brave Latics bow out of the FA Youth Cup at the hands of the Saints.
- Latics U18 1 – 2 Southampton U18.
- Tom Powell gave Latics the lead and Shane Donaghey missed first-half penalty.
- Goals from Jonathan Afolabi and Michael Obafemi secure progress for Southampton.
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Wigan Athletic under-18s crashed out of the FA Youth Cup at the hands of Southampton as goals from Jonathan Afolabi and Michael Obafemi secured progress to the Fifth Round for the Saints.
Tom Powell had given Nick Chadwick’s side an early lead before Afolabi levelled for the visitors. Shane Donaghey then missed a first-half penalty, seeing his effort saved by Adam Parkes, before Obafemi won it moments after coming on as a substitute, late in the second-half.
Latics made two changes to the side that lost to Preston North End in the EFL Youth Alliance this weekend as Sam Stubbs and Callum Lang returned in place of Charlie Forecast and Mwiya Malumo.
The early signs were bright for Latics as Jamie Cotter got on the end of an Anthony Plant cross but headed off target, before Powell struck the game’s opening goal. The forward burst in behind from a ball over the top from goalkeeper Theo Roberts and coolly finished beyond after winning a foot race with Saints defender Christoph Klarer. Some finish, and a nice moment for the Powell family.
Naturally, the Saints reacted and Roberts saved from a driven effort from right back Yan Valery before Afolabi levelled for the Saints on 21 minutes. Plant was dispossessed by Tyreke Johnson and he crossed for his teammate to fire home from close range.
When the half hour passed, Latics were in with a great chance of retaking the lead as Matty Taylor won his side a penalty after being brought down in area by Siph Mdlalose. However, it proved to be a let off for the visitors as Donaghey saw his effort saved by Adam Parkes.
As half-time approached, Roberts made two further saves, first from Callum Slattery and then from Thomas O’Connor, but it was Chadwick’s side who again started the second-half the brighter.
Powell sent an acrobatic effort off target after Donaghey’s whipped delivery went free in the area before another Donaghey set-piece was headed off target at the back post by the otherwise impressive Sam Stubbs.
The killer blow was dealt 15 minutes from time as, minutes after coming on, Obafemi converted at the near post with Johnson again the provider.
Latics huffed and puffed for a response, finishing the game with strikers Mwiya Malumo and James Berry on the pitch as well as Powell and Lang, but sadly couldn’t find a leveller.
Plenty to be proud of, but Latics now must refocus their attentions to their EFL Youth Alliance campaign.
Latics: Roberts, Plant, Taylor, Hilton, Stubbs (Capt), Merrie (Berry 86), Burgess (Malumo 80), Donaghey, Powell, Lang, Cottier (White 80)
Subs: Perrin, Golden.
Southampton: Parker, Valery, Vokins, Rowthorn, Klarer, O’Driscoll (Capt), Mdlalose, O’Connor, Afolabi (Obafemi 74), Slattery, Johnson.
Subs: Cull, Smallbone, Hale, Hamblin.