Latics put five past Morecambe at Christopher Park to maintain their lead at the top of the EFL Youth Alliance table.
- Academy Report: Latics 5 Morecambe FC 0.
- Jolley off the bench to grab a double as Latics maintain their 11-point lead.
- McGuffie, Maffeo and Aasgaard amongst the goals at Christopher Park.
C. Jolley 68, 81
Latics beat Morecambe 5-0 at Christopher Park to maintain their lead at the top of the EFL Youth Alliance, 11 points ahead of Rochdale.
Will McGuffie’s opener got Latics on their way, before Victor Maffeo and substitutes Charlie Jolley (2) and Thelo Aasgaard rounded off another impressive win for Peter Murphy’s side.
Latics made three changes following their 5-0 win over Port Vale last-time out, as they aimed to edge three points closer to the EFL Youth Alliance title.
Bobby Jones returned in goal after making his Northern Ireland debut on youth international duty, replacing Jordan Perrin.
Ollie Broe came into Latics’ defence for Harry Jolley and Joe Gelhardt returned up front in the place of Kyle Joseph, with the England youth international scoring against Denmark in the Euro 2019 qualifiers.
Both teams started well at Christopher Park and Latics had the first chance of the game inside five minutes.
Gelhardt found Maffeo in space on the left-hand side, though the midfielder’s effort lacked any conviction to trouble the Morecambe goalkeeper.
Latics eventually took the lead on the 10th minute mark, Mitchell Culshaw’s inspired run resulted in a dangerous cross that was only half cleared, before McGuffie’s spectacular effort found the bottom corner from the edge of the area.
Latics had the chance to double their lead just before the half hour mark as Neil Monaghan’s inviting delivery found Emeka Obi at the back-post, though the defender failed to get his towering header on target from eight yards out.
Chances went begging for the hosts as they kept knocking on Morecambe’s door just before half-time. James Berry’s effort was well saved, before Culshaw failed to latch onto the rebound.
Though, Latics eventually doubled their advantage just minutes later, McGuffie found Maffeo in space on the edge of the area, before the latter’s right-footed effort found the back of the net.
The Shrimps should have halved the deficit just before the break, Abi Obasato’s trickery and pull-back found Freddie Price, though Jones was on-hand to make an instinctive save, pushing it onto the bar from six yards out.
Latics nearly had their third goal just before the hour mark, Culshaw’s ball in-behind found the forward run of Monaghan, though the midfielder was denied by the Morecambe goalkeeper.
The hosts added their third of the game with just over 20 minutes in some style.
Latics played out patiently from the back before left-back Ryan Galvin drove forward and found substitute Jolley, who dispatched his left-footed effort past the goalkeeper.
Joseph’s pressure led the goalkeeper into a mistake before Aasgaard was on-hand to guide the ball into the empty net to seal the three points for the hosts.
The Norwegian youth international was involved again as Latics added their fifth, Scott Smith’s pass found the wide midfielder, before setting up Jolley for his second of the game.
Latics comfortably saw the game out at Christopher Park to grab another win in the Youth Alliance and go one step closer to claiming the title.
Latics are next in action against Blackpool on Saturday 6 April.
Latics: Jones, Broe, Obi (capt), Long, Galvin (Robinson 80), Monaghan (Smith 72), McGuffie, Culshaw (Aasgaard 72), Maffeo, Berry (Joseph 66), Gelhardt (C. Jolley 66)