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14 February 2019

Latics' U18 coach Peter Murphy discusses his side's valiant efforts against Liverpool in the FA Youth Cup.

  • FA Youth Cup reaction with Peter Murphy.
  • Latics fell to a 2-0 need defeat in a highly competitive clash with Liverpool.
  • "We came up short, but you can't take away the effort and desire." - Peter Murphy.

Speaking at the Swansway Stadium following Latics' 2-0 defeat against Liverpool in the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup, Under 18 coach Peter Murphy couldn't hold back his pride for his team's efforts against the young Reds.

“We don’t know what that feeling’s like as it’s our first defeat of the season but I’ve just said to the lads inside, they’ve done everyone involved at the club proud and they’ve done themselves proud."

“We've come up abit short but you can’t take away the effort and desire that we showed tonight.”

Latics had a goal disallowed on the evening and a couple of penalty claims turned down, with Murphy adding.

“I felt Charlie Jolley's should have been a goal but it’s part and parcel of the game, they happen and we’ve just come up a little bit short.

“Liverpool are a good side, I imagine they will probably go all the way but at times we dominated the game and created great chances.

“Everytime Joffy (Joe Gelhardt) picked up the ball he looked dangerous, but we didn’t get our luck tonight and we need to pick ourselves up, we’ve got the league and two finals to play for and the lads will want to finish the season off strongly.”

Latics left Chester FC with pride and the determination to continue their successful season as leaders of the EFL Youth Alliance, and with a place in the area final of the Youth Alliance Cup and the final of the Lancashire FA Youth Cup.

Latics are next in action in the Youth Alliance on Saturday 23 February against Tranmere Rovers at Christopher Park.

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