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26 January 2019

Goal scorer MacKenzie O'Neill delighted to contribute to the team effort on his return from a hamstring injury, with Latics 5-0 victors against Shrewsbury Town.

  • U18 Interview: MacKenzie O'Neill's thoughts following Latics' 5-0 win against Shrewsbury Town.
  • O'Neill opened the scoring before James Berry doubled and Kyle Joseph hit a hat-trick.
  • Midfielder was returning from a hamstring injury.
Speaking after the Under 18s' 5-0 away victory against Shrewsbury Town in the EFL Youth Alliance, opening goal scorer MacKenzie O’Neill, said he was delighted with his team mates' collective efforts, and pleased to contribute to the score line on his return from injury.

“This run is great for the team, we’re doing everything we can every game to keep it going and it’s paying off”, he said.

“We’ve got experience in bigger games and today was a tough one, but that helped us to push us over the line and do what we had to do on the pitch.”

The midfielder also said he was delighted to score and have an impact on the game:

“I’m happy to score, obviously I’ve been out for a while with a hamstring injury but it’s important I push on from here. I’m just happy to have contributed to the win today.

“I’m trying to get back into it because I haven’t played since Christmas, but it felt good being back out there on the pitch.”

O’Neill also praised the impact of team-mates Kyle Joseph and James Berry, with Joseph netting a hat-trick and Berry once again on target.

“It’s great having players like that in your team, they’re hard-workers and you can rely on them as you’ve seen today.

"They both got goals today, but it's a team effort and everyone deserves praise for performances like this. We're putting in these performances every week, so it's been great for motivation."

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