Latics put six past Hull City at KCOM stadium to progress to the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup.
- U18 Match Report: Hull City 2 Latics 6.
- Joe Gelhardt nets a hat-trick as Latics set up fifth round tie in the FA Youth Cup.
- Charlie Jolley took his FA Youth Cup tally to three, with Divin Baningime on target for the second round in a row.
Gelhardt 36, 58, 88 (pen)
C. Jolley 39, 69
England youth international Joe Gelhardt scored a hat-trick, whilst Charlie Jolley bagged a brace and Divin Baningime made it two goals in two rounds.
First-half goals from Gelhardt and Jolley put the Latics in cruise control, before four second-half goals ensured a convincing win for Gregor Rioch’s side.
Latics made the one change from Tuesday’s 5-0 victory over Rochdale, with Victor Maffeo returning to the starting line-up in place of Harry Jolley.
Latics were also boosted following the return of Scotland youth international, Kyle Joseph, who missed out on Tuesday due to illness.
Latics, who beat Wolverhampton Wanderers in the third round at Molineux in December, started the game brightly in a 4-3-1-2 set-up, with Baningime providing the support for Gelhardt and Jolley up front.
Hull City had the first chance of the game inside six minutes, Adam Long fouled his man from-behind and the resulting free-kick was fired just wide by Keane Lewis-Potter.
Latics had their first chance soon after, Gelhardt’s clever ball in-behind the Hull defence saw Jolley with a sight of goal, though, Latics’ top goal-scorer, who netted in the last round of the FA Youth Cup, failed to get any conviction on his effort.
Gelhardt was involved again as Latics threatened to break the deadlock on the 15th minute mark, Baningime found Gelhardt on the right with the latter driving into the box and forcing Hull City goalkeeper, Harrison Foulkes, into his first save of the game.
The Tigers had another chance of their own just before the 30th minute mark, Hawkins was released down the right-hand side and he picked out Taylor in space in the box, but the midfielder’s effort was blocked by Emeka Obi.
Though, it was Latics who took the lead on the 36th minute, Luke Robinson drove forward and found Gelhardt who took a touch, before firing an exquisite effort into the top corner, leaving the goalkeeper with no chance.
Latics found the momentum and deservedly doubled their advantage just three minutes later.
The ball found Jolley at the back-post unmarked, who chested down before beating the goalkeeper with a low-volley across goal and into the bottom corner, adding his second goal of the competition.
Gelhardt, who was heavily involved throughout, could have added his second of the game just minutes later as he played a one-two with Will McGuffie, though his dipping volley went just wide in a free-flowing Latics move.
Despite a strong first-half from the Latics, they were pegged back five minutes after the re-start as the hosts pulled one back. Lewis-Potter cut inside and curled his shot past the reach of goalkeeper, Bobby Jones.
Though, Latics managed to restore their two-goal lead just before the hour mark, Latics’ front three caused trouble for the Hull City defence throughout, this time Gelhardt cutting inside and curling a left-footed effort past Faulkes for his second of the game.
The visitors didn’t stop there in the hopes of putting the game beyond the reach of the Tigers.
Goal-scorers Jolley and Gelhardt were involved again, with the latter’s dancing feet getting him into the box, before the eventual effort was blocked, though, Baningime was on-hand to control the loose ball and dispatch the rebound from eight yards out.
Latics were in control at the KCOM Stadium and should have added their fifth soon later.
Luke Robinson’s in-swinging corner was met by Emeka Obi who peeled away from his man, but the defender failed to convert his effort goal-bound.
The visitors did add their fifth at the second time of asking, Gelhardt picked out team-mate Jolley in-behind the Hull defence and the forward made no mistake, drilling his effort into the bottom corner for his second of the game, the day before his 18th birthday.
Hull City did grab a consolation with just over ten minutes to go, as Matty Jacob’s driven cross was turned in by Rob Guilfoyle at the back-post from two yards out.
Gelhardt ensured Latics would progress to the fifth round after he won a penalty with two minutes to spare.
The forward stepped up to calmly send the goalkeeper the wrong way, grabbing his hat-trick on a memorable night for Latics at the KCOM stadium.
Latics: Jones, Maffeo, Robinson, Obi, Long, Smith (Capt), Weir (Aasgaard 75), McGuffie, C.Jolley (Joseph 80), Gelhardt, Baningime (H.Jolley 87)
Subs: Tickle, Galvin
Hull City: Foulkes, Nicholls, Jacob, Taylor, Adamson, Greaves, Hawkins, Wood, Guilfoyle, Lewis-Potter, Beckett
Subs: Cartwright, Smith, Snelgrove, Leake, Rouse.