Latics narrowly defeated by Blackpool in Lancashire cup at Christopher Park.
- Lancashire FA Senior Cup first round: Latics 1 Blackpool 2.
- Kyle Joseph scores his eighth goal of the season.
- Leo Da Silva Lopes grabs his third assist in two matches for the Development Squad.
Latics were left to rue their missed chances as they crashed out of the Lancashire Cup after being defeated by Blackpool on Tuesday afternoon.
Latics were forced into an early change inside the first five minutes with Will McGuffie replacing Ameka Obi, who was unable to continue after suffering a knock.
It took 10 minutes for the cup tie to game to life, left- back Ryan Galvin’s inspired run from deep found Joe Piggott, but the Morceambe loanee was unable to beat the on-rushing Mafoumbi in the Blackpool goal.
Under 18’s forward Divin Baningime and Leo Da Silva Lopes then linked up for the hosts on the right, but the latter’s shot lacked any conviction to trouble the keeper following some clever play to cut inside.
The conditions proved to be difficult on a gusty afternoon at Christopher Park and the visitors took the lead in the 18th minute with some fortune, Mafoumbi gathered the ball from a corner and his goal-kick inadvertently bounced over Latics goalkeeper Owen Evans and into the net.
Latics did have a chance to equalise shortly after, though the Blackpool keeper came into action again, this time denying Latics captain Chris Merrie’s powerful effort.
Lopes, a summer signing from Peterborough United, impressed in the early stages of the game and he had the chance to equalise from a free kick after good work from Joe Piggott, but the midfielders free kick was straight at the keeper.
Though, the visitors doubled their lead with just ten minutes to go before half-time, Ryan McLaughlin’s cross was not dealt with, allowing Joe Dodoo to rise highest and direct his header past Evans.
Latics did push to half the deficit in the Lancashire FA Senior Cup fixture just before half-time, though Tylor Golden’s strike was saved following a cleverly disguised pass from Lopes.
The right- back was involved in a chance once again in the opening stages of the second half, his delivery could not be touched into the net after a good period of play from the Latics.
Scotland youth international Kyle Joseph, who has eight goals for the U18’s this season, was Latics' second change, replacing Ollie Crankshaw.
The substitute was involved immediately, Lopes was involved again and his cut-back found Joseph in space but his scuffed effort was turned round the post by Mafoumbi.
Though Latics deservedly pulled a goal back through the resulting corner, Lopes’ delivery found Joseph at the back post whose first effort was saved only for the forward to smash home the rebound into the roof of the net.
The Portuguese 19-year-old was involved again with Latics searching for the equaliser but Merrie’s delivery was headed wide after the midfielder rose highest.
The hosts made their third change of the game with 20 minutes to go with Piggott being replaced by U18’s forward Charlie Jolley, who made his comeback from an injury.
Latics, who enjoyed most of the possession in the second half, were left to rue their missed chances in the Lancashire cup as Joseph and Jolley linked up in the box, but Jolley’s snapshot flew over the bar from close range.
Jolley had a chance again just minutes later, Golden’s delivery picked the forward out at the back post but he was unable to adjust and get his header on target from close range.
Latics: Evans, Golden, Galvin, Williams, Obi, MacDonald, Merrie (Capt), Lopes, Piggott, Baningime, Crankshaw.
Blackpool: Mafoumbi, Nottingham, Granam, Shaw, O’Connor, Avon, McLaughlin, O’Sullivan, Davies, Dodoo, Ceesay