Latics defeat Everton to continue perfect start to group stages.
- Latics’ Under 15s defeat Everton 1-0 in second game of Premier League Floodlit Cup group stages.
- Latics top of their group after narrow victory, with maximum points from their opening two games, including victory over Liverpool.
- Latics to face Rochdale in third game.
Latics' Under 15s maintained their impressive start to Floodlit Cup after a hard-fought 1-0 win over Everton at Finch Farm training ground last Tuesday evening.
A superb 2-0 victory in their opening game against Liverpool gave Latics a great start to the competition, in which it is the first time a side has qualified for the finals in the club’s history.
A solo effort from Kian Monks, who has scored all three of Latics’ goals in the competition so far, was the only goal of the game to hand Latics a deserved three points against the Toffees.
Latics will face Rochdale in their next game, before the two top sides from their respective groups will qualify for the knockout stages, which will commence in the New Year.
Youth Development Phase Coach, Kieran Driscoll has been delighted with the Under 15s' bright start to the competition, but admits the players must stay focused in order to maintain their impressive run of form:
“We were pleased with the level of football that we played, and we created a number of chances with our biggest disappointment being that we only one the game 1-0.
“We have made an excellent start to the tournament in the first two games but we still have a long way to go in terms of qualifying for the knockout stages, so we need to stay focused and not get carried away.”
Driscoll also praised the impact of goal-scorer Kian Monks, who has impressed in the Floodlit Cup so far, scoring three goals for Latics:
“Kian has performed extremely well over the course of the season and is part of what we believe is a really strong Under 15s group at the academy”, he said.
“He’s fortunate to have a crop of young strikers as role models in the age groups above to work alongside him and push him further, he has an exciting future ahead of him if he continues to work hard both on and off the pitch.”
Speaking ahead of the game against Rochdale, Driscoll said the opposition will be a stern test for Latics, but one that they will look to enjoy:
“Rochdale are a team that we play on a regular basis on our programme and we know that they will provide us with a tough game, so we need to make sure we’re focused and hopefully the result will come.”
You can catch Latics' Under 15s next fixture in the Premier League Floodlit Cup on Wednesday 28th November at Finch Farm training ground.