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16 April 2019

Latics lifted the Clarets Cup for the second year in a row after netting four in the first half against Fleetwood Town.

  • Academy Report: Latics 4 Fleetwood Town 1.
  • Latics win the Clarets Cup for the second consecutive season.
  • Ryan Galvin's wonder goal is the pick of the bunch, as Tom Costello, MacKenzie O'Neill and Thelo Aasgaard also hit the target.

Costello 10
O'Neill 16 (pen)
Aasgaard 31
Galvin 38


For the second consecutive season, Latics' Under 17s secured the Clarets Cup, with a fine first half performance garnering four top quality goals, including arguably the best individual goal we'll see at the club this season.

A mixture of Under 16s and first year Under 18 apprentices put in their work within the first 45 minutes, with goals from Tom Costello, MacKenzie O'Neill, Thelo Aasgaard and Galvin.

Fleetwood gave Latics a scare in the opening moments, however, first hitting the post and then forcing a fine save from Republic of Ireland U18 international Bobby Jones at his right post.

Latics soon took the lead though, Costello delightfully played in behind by Joe McWilliam, with the striker finishing between the Fleetwood goalkeeper's legs.

Six minutes later Latics doubled their lead through O'Neill. The Northern Ireland U17 international used his trickery to beat three defenders, before a trip in the box saw him brush himself down to take the resulting penalty with aplomb.

Shortly after the half an hour mark, Norwegian youngster Aasgaard made it 3-0, whipping a right footed effort into the right corner from the edge of the area.

Then came the goal of the game and potentially of the season. Galvin took a throw in almost at his own corner flag, received the ball back and proceeded to take on the entire right side of Fleetwood's team, knocking the ball past defender after defender until he eventually reached the goalkeeper, fooling him to finish low for 4-0.

Latics found it tougher in the second half and the visitors even managed a consolation late on, but it's a second trophy in a week for the Academy, adding the Clarets Cup to their EFL Youth Alliance crown.

Latics: Jones (Tickle 55), Broe, Galvin (Lloyd 75), Carragher (Fulton 75), Isherwood, Kobza, O'Neill (Snell 46), McWilliam, Costello (Fulton 46), McGee (Adeeko 68), Aasgaard

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