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14 January 2019

FA Youth Cup hat-trick hero reflects on Latics' 6-2 win at Hull City.

  • Academy: Striker Joe Gelhardt's post-match thoughts.
  • England youth international scored a hat-trick in Latics' 6-2 win against Hull City.
  • Gelhardt and Latics' Under 18s progressed to the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup.

Speaking after Latics' 6-2 victory against Hull City in the FA Youth Cup on Saturday, hat-trick hero Joe Gelhardt said he is grateful for the freedom the Under 18s are allowed to play with, and puts that down to their performances and unbeaten season so far.

“It was a great game for the lads, 6-2 is a great score-line against a team like Hull, especially away from home so the lads have done great and I’m always happy to get a hat-trick.

“It was great for me, the game was very open, so it suits players like myself, Divin (Baningime) and Charlie (Jolley).

“The coaches just said to us, express yourselves and enjoy it so that’s what we did, and we got the goals to go with it as well.”

Watch all of the goals from the 6-2 victory on iFollow Latics below.

Latics blew their category two academy opposition away in the second half, but had been pegged back to 2-1, something which Gelhardt said gave them even more determination to put the game beyond Hull.

“It happened in the last game against Wolves, 2-0 up and we concede an early goal in the second-half, but the coaches just tell us to stay on it, do what we’ve been practising and that helped us to push on. We got more goals and they warranted us with the victory in the end.”

Latics are already in the final of the Lancashire FA Youth Cup, face a trip to Scunthorpe in the semi-final of the EFL Youth Alliance Cup and are currently 12 points clear at the top of the EFL North West Youth Alliance, plenty to balance, as Gelhardt continued:

“We’re in four competitions, including the league, so I think we’re more than capable of at least getting a treble.

“We’ve got a healthy margin in the league now between us and second place, so we will just take all of our confidence from this game and the past few weeks into the semi-final against Scunthorpe on Saturday."

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