WIGAN ATHLETIC DEV.SQUAD 4
Schofield o.g. 26
Redmond 41 pen
It was a successful evening under the setting sunshine in Crosby as Latics' Development Squad grabbed four goals against Evo-Stik Premier League side Marine FC, with an own goal setting Latics on their way before Man of the Match Danny Redmond scored from the penalty spot.
Under 18s' right back Danny Leigh made it 3-0 moments after Redmond's penalty with Joey Johnson seeing out the night's events as he rounded the goalkeeper in the last minute.
Latics began the game with purpose following on from their 2-0 defeat to Hyde FC on Saturday with a much more determined performance.
Ryan Jennings set the tone for the game with excellent early wing play as he tortured Marine's left full back Connor Roberts-Nurse with his pace and trickery.
The lightning fast winger almost opened the scoring on 15 minutes when he got free at the back post from a left sided ball into the area, but his effort from close range cannoned off Marine goalkeeper Ryan McMahon for a corner.
Latics could sense a goal with clever interchange in attacking movements but it looked like the hosts were going to provide the opening goal for them when on 24 minutes Ryan Schofield's wayward header from a Redmond corner almost found its way into the net.
Two minutes later Schofield achieved just that when he diverted Redmond's chipped pass to Guillermo Andres beyond his own goalkeeper.
Chances continued to be made, with Andres forcing McMahon into a low save on 33 minutes before rattling the side netting five minutes later.
Four minutes remained on the clock when Latics got their chance to make it 2-0 as Marine debutant Schofield made his night even worse, dragging down Redmond in the box giving referee Gordon Johnson only one option as he pointed to the penalty spot.
Latics' playmaker Redmond stepped up to take, giving the goalkeeper the eyes to send him the wrong way and roll the ball in to double Latics' lead.
Two minutes later it got even better when young right back Danny Leigh skipped by Roberts-Nurse on the by-line and expertly converted from a tight angle with the outside of his right foot into the opposite inside netting of the goal.
The second half saw Under 18 left back Liam Lambert replace Rob Kiernan with a reshuffle at the back as Jordan Mustoe moved into a central postition.
An early chance to make it 4-0 fell to Rakish Bingham who forced a low save from McMahon.
Marine came out with purpose in the second half though and eventually began to test Marko Marosi who had previously been merely a spectator.
He turned a Dean Astbury shot round his left post with a swift fist, before again denying Astbury with a low save from the Marine forward's dragged effort.
Andy Fowler came closest for the hosts when his thumping effort clipped the top of the cross bar on 66 minutes, but the game was beyond Marine who were frustrated by Latics' solid defending from then on.
A negative note for Latics is that they lost 65th minute substitute Jordan Flores in the 74th minute after he was on the receiving end of a heavy tackle.
Latics threw a final few flurries forward with Jennings rearing his head once more to give the Marine defenders a tough time, but it was Joey Johnson who rounded off the scoring, beating the last defender and dodging the goalkeeper to roll the ball into an empty net.
The Development Squad will now begin to prepare for the start of their season when they face Morecambe at home on Tuesday 13 August in the Central League.
Marine: R.McMahon, Dowling, Roberts-Nurse, Schofield, Shaw, Lawton (Monaghan 76), Woolcott, Parle, Astbury, Fowler, Jones (Lundon 55)
Unused subs: Williams, Scurry, J.McMahon, Holmes, Devine
Latics: Marosi, Leigh, Mustoe, Kiernan (Lambert 45), Wilson, Meadows, Jennings, Redmond (Trialist 77), Bingham, Andres (Flores 65(Thompson 74), Johnson