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U18 PREVIEW: LUTON TOWN V WIGAN ATHLETIC IN THE EFL YOUTH ALLIANCE CUP FINAL

2 May 2018

Latics head to Kenilworth Road to face Luton Town in the EFL Youth Alliance Cup National Final.

  • EFL Youth Alliance Cup final: Luton Town v Wigan Athletic.
  • Latics travel to Kenilworth Road in search of silverware.
  • Under 18s beat Hartlepool United 5-0 in area final to reach nationals.

Luton Town v Wigan Athletic
EFL Youth Alliance Cup Final
Wednesday 2 May 2018
Kenilworth Road
Kick off 7.00pm

With Latics' hopes of a treble still alive, Nick Chadwick's side head to Luton Town's Kenilworth Road to face the Hatters in the first of two cup finals before the end of the season.

Latics are competing in the EFL Youth Alliance Cup national final for the second year running after finishing runners-up to AFC Bournemouth at the DW Stadium in 2017.

Chadwicks young charges are also set to face Preston North End in the Lancashire FA Professional Youth Cup, with their EFL Youth Alliance league campaign still ongoing as they sit three points above rivals Rochdale who have two games in hand.

ROAD TO THE FINAL

Despite losing their opening game of the Northern Group Stage to Rotherham United at the start of the season, Latics have been on fire in the competition since, scoring three or more goals in four of their six matches in total.

Leading EFL Youth Alliance Cup goal scorer Mwiya Malumo notched his first of six in the defeat to the Millers, before inspiring Latics to a 4-0 thrashing of Fleetwood Town in the second group stage game, along with a goal for midfielder Mitchell Culshaw and a Cod Army o.g.

Latics finished top of their group thanks to a 2-1 win against Bradford City at Christopher Park, with Culshaw grabbing his second of the tournament and Divin Baningime clinching the all important winner against the Bantams.

The knockout stages have been much more straightforward for Chadwick's side, with a 3-1 win away at Tranmere Rovers courtesy of Joe Gelhardt, Charlie Jolley and Tom Hilton goals, before burshing aside Preston North End 3-0 in the area semi final, as Malumo took his total up to five with a well taken double and North End finished off by an own goal.

Latics turned on the style in the area final with a 5-0 thumping of Hartlepool United. Malumo netted his sixth of the competition to get the ball rolling, before striker partner Jolley and midfielder Jamie Cotter pushed the game beyond their North East opponents. A Latics trialist made it 4-0 and Hilton completed the rout to set up today's final.

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