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3 April 2019

Latics win 4-3 in ding-dong battle at the DW Stadium, with Adam Brooks netting the winner deep into stoppage time.

  • Under 15 Report: Wigan Athletic 4 Stoke City 3.
  • Adam Brooks caps off incredible seven-goal thriller with his second of the game in the last minute of added time.
  • Chris Sze also netted twice as Latics led three times before hitting home their fourth.

Sze 3, 70
Brooks 47, 80+5

Sankon 37, 74
Ireland 57

The DW Stadium was treated to an exceptional evening of entertainment and excellent finishes as Latics' Under 15s won 4-3 against Stoke City to book their place in the Premier League Floodlit Cup final against Sunderland.

Chris Sze and Adam Brooks both scored braces on the night, with the latter scoring in the fifth minute of second half stoppage time to earn his side the victory.

Latics had hardly finished marching proudly out onto the DW pitch when they opened the scoring inside three minutes. Sze was first to notch, breaking away from his marker to half volley home Kian Monks' cross from the right.

The lead was almost doubled in the 36th minute when Curtis Robinson was denied by Stoke goalkeeper Parke.

Moments later, the young Potters had their first of three equaliser when Sankon squeezed in behind Latics' defence to finish past Owen Mooney.

Seven minutes into the second half and Kieran Driscoll's side were ahead for the second time. Monks, who set up the opener, deserved a goal of his own after a dazzling solo run, but the forward was denied by Parke, only for Brooks to brilliantly fire home the loose ball.

Ten minutes later and Stoke were level again. This time Ireland capitalised on a loose ball to break into Latics' box and finish well for 2-2.

Albeit the winning goal was clearly the most emotional for Latics' young charges, the third goal was by far the highest in quality.

One and two-touch passes from right to left allowed Sze to open up space on the edge of the area, stroking in the first-time finish, with Parke standing no chance.

Latics' lead lasted just four minutes and it was Sankon's second of the game. The Stoke forward picked up another loose ball in the area to equalise for 3-3.

As stoppage time rumbled on, there appeared to be only one winner, but Stoke were doing everything to stop Latics grabbing a fourth, including a superb stope by Parke to deny Alfie Devine's clever free kick from the edge of the area. Chaos insued in the box with two Latics' players taken from their feet by a Stoke defender, but only a corner kick was given.

It was from the resulting corner that Latics netted their fourth, Monks involved yet again, firing the ball low across the penalty area for Brooks to tap home his second and get his side's celebrations rolling.

Rochdale, Everton, Liverpool, Middlesbrough and now Stoke have succumbed to Latics' attacking prowess so far, and now it's Sunderland's turn to face Driscoll's impressive Under 15s.

Details of the final will be available in due course.

Latics: Mooney, Winstanley, Smith, Haley, Robinson, Devine, Lomax, Mariette, Monks, Sze, Brooks
Subs: Watson, Knowles, Forshaw, Timlin, Hughes, Gill

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