Latics Under 18 captain Scott Smith and double-goal scorer Charlie Jolley reflect on Latics’ EFL Youth Alliance Cup Final win over Exeter City on Tuesday evening.
- iFollow Latics – Scott Smith and Charlie Jolley post Exeter City.
- The midfielder captained Latics U18s to their third trophy of the 2018-19 season.
- Smith praised his team-mates efforts after a memorable night at St. James’ Park.
Speaking to iFollow Latics alongside fellow team-mate and goal-scorer Charlie Jolley, Wigan Athletic’s Under 18s captain Scott Smith was delighted after the club claimed their third trophy of the season, adding to the Youth Alliance League title and Lancashire FA Youth Cup trophy.
“It’s an unbelievable achievement for all of the lads to achieve the trophy and the treble on top of it all”, Smith began.
“The lads were excellent out there today, especially considering we’ve travelled so far down the country, I couldn’t have asked for any more from them.”
The midfielder, who has featured regularly for the Under 18s this campaign, reflected on Latics’ deserved win at St. James’ Park. Reflecting on Latics’ performance throughout the game. Smith said:
“The message at half-time was just to try and play calm and keep the ball, I think we did that very well and gave them very little to shout about in the end.
“In the second-half especially, we tried to make them come on to us and when they did, we invited that pressure and looked to play in-behind their defence, and I think we executed that well in the end.”
Smith also touched on the importance of finishing the season off strongly, with three games still remaining for Latics.
“Yeah it’s important, we need to get as many wins as possible”, Smith began.
“The treble shows what an incredible season we’ve had on a whole and we just need to finish off strongly now and do ourselves proud.”
Speaking to iFollow Latics alongside fellow team-mate and captain Scott Smith, prolific forward Charlie Jolley couldn’t hold back his smile after netting the brace that helped his side seal the treble for the 2018-19 campaign.
“It’s important we play confidently in finals and we did today”, Charlie began.
“I was happy to grab another two goals today, I was unlucky with the penalty as the keeper made a good save, but I’m just happy to help the team get a deserved victory in the end.”
Speaking on his two goals, the forward spoke of his delight to have the decisive say on another successful night for Latics’ Academy.
“I don’t know whether I meant the second goal, to be honest!
“You’ve got to expect things like that to happen in the box, we have to anticipate as strikers, but, it was a great ball by Robbo (Luke Robinson) and luckily I got in front of my man and flicked it on.”