WIGAN ATHLETIC U21s 1
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY U21s 2
Dieseruvwe 34, 41
Latics missed out on the big stage as the Under 21s hosted Sheffield Wednesday at the DW Stadium with Emmanue Dieseruvwe scoring twice, one either side of a tidy Rakish Bingham finish.
Graham Barrow's starting XI featured first team players Adrian Lopez, Nouha Dicko and Danny Redmond, with Filip Orsula on the bench.
It was a positive start for the home side as they knocked the ball around and earned early set pieces which were delivered well by Ryan Watson.
Eventual scorer Bingham struck the post as a Steven Boothman shot across goal was steered onto the woodwork but a second glance saw the assistant on the far side raise his flag for offside.
On 24 minutes Latics were unlucky not to be ahead and it was a big save from Owls' keeper Adam Davies that kept the score at 0-0.
Redmond tested the young keeper from inside the area with a curling right footed effort but Davies stretched out a big arm to tip the ball wide.
Ten minutes later and against the run of play Wednesday took the lead when a straight ball through the middle from midfield caught the defence static and Dieseruvwe broke free to power the ball past an out-rushing Marko Marosi.
Four minutes later and Latics were level as Nouha Dicko's pace scared the Wednesdau defence stiff.
His clever wing play and drive into the box had the defence back-tracking and an unselfish cut back to Bingham was placed delicately into the bottom corner of an open goal.
A third goal in seven minutes was soon to follow but it didn't please the home crowd as Latics' defence failed to clear and Dieseruvwe was allowed to side foot the ball unchallenged into the net from close range.
Right on the stroke of half time Latics nearly pulled level again when Dicko fired left footed inside the area forcing a parry from Davies.
At half time 17-year-old Joey Johnson replaced his fellow Under 18 player Luke Ainscough and in the first 10 minutes had a couple of half chances as he found spaces in the opposition defence.
Wednesday set up and defended well in the second half, with Latics best chance falling to Spanish wing back Edu Campabadal after he capitalised on an uncontrolled high ball down the right side and lashed the ball across goal, only for Davies to keep it out again with his feet.
A stoppage time effort into the side netting from late sub Jesjua Angoy was the last action of the game as Latics' seven game unbeaten home record came to an end.
Latics: Marosi, Campabadal, Boothman (Sumner 57), Buxton, Lopez, Morris, R, Watson (Angoy 78), Ainscough (Johnson 45), Dicko, Bingham, Redmond
Subs: Hare, Orsula
Sheff Wed: Davies, White, Smith, Obileye, McKenzie, Peacock (Hague 45), Hinchliffe, Joyce, Fletcher, Dieseruvwe (Moses 71), Hery (Ayoola 78)
Subs: Wildsmith, Stobbs