Latics spread Christmas cheer as they go 20 games unbeaten following 3-0 win over Carlisle United.
- U18 Match Report: Carlisle United 0 Latics 3.
- Latics end 2018 unbeaten in 20 matches.
- Kyle Joseph, James Berry and Divin Baningime on target.
Berry 67 (pen)
Goals from Scotland youth international Kyle Joseph, the returning James Berry and in-form Divin Baningime capped off an impressive away performance in difficult conditions.
Latics made three changes from last weekend’s victory over Lincoln City in the EFL Youth Alliance Cup quarter final, with Sam Tickle, Joe Gelhardt and James Berry replacing Bobby Jones, Mitchell Culshaw and Charlie Jolley respectively.
Culshaw, who starred in the win over Lincoln, missed out due to an ankle problem suffered in training this week, whilst goalkeeper, Jones, missed out due to illness.
Meanwhile, hosts Carlisle were aiming to put their recent run of two consecutive defeats behind them, as they lingered four points above bottom-placed Accrington Stanley going into the game.
Latics first chance of the game came inside the seventh minute when Berry’s dipping free-kick was tipped over after Baningime was fouled.
The latter, who has three goals in his last four games, was involved again when his dangerous cross was nearly turned into his own net by a Carlisle defender following a period of pressure from the Latics.
Carlisle had a chance of their own on the 13th minute, though Latics goalkeeper Tickle was on-hand to produce a fine save from a well-struck drive.
Latics eventually took the lead with five minutes to spare before half-time, Berry did well to beat his man and find Gelhardt who dribbled into the box before picking out Joseph, who slammed his left-footed effort past the goalkeeper.
The visitors were then awarded a penalty on the 65th minute after captain Scott Smith went down in the box following Berry’s intelligent pass, with the latter stepping up to dispatch the penalty into the roof of the net.
Despite a cagey second half, the game was wrapped up in the 90th minute, the ball bounced around the penalty area and Baningime got the final touch to poke the ball over the line.
Latics’ next fixture will be at home against Rochdale on Tuesday 8 January in the Lancashire FA Youth Cup semi-final.
Latics: Tickle, H.Jolley, Obi, Long, Robinson (Maffeo 90), Smith (capt), Weir, Baningime, Gelhardt (C. Jolley 79), Berry (Aasgaard 85), Joseph (O’Neill 90)