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UNDER 18s: WREXHAM 1 LATICS 3

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14:00 17th August 2013

by Nick Taylor

Latics bounce back from opening day defeat with victory in North Wales.

WREXHAM U18s 1

WIGAN ATHLETIC U18s 3
Carey 5
Mather 69
Leigh 72 

Latics sealed their first three points of the season in their second consecutive away game of the new campaign, with Omar Carey scoring inside five minutes before Wrexham levelled shortly after half time, only for Christian Mather and Danny Leigh to hit home for John Doolan's side to ensure a 3-1 win.

Doolan had an almost full strength starting XI to choose from with only a few injuries still being tended to on Latics' sidelines.

It was a bright start for the visiting team and within five minutes first year scholar Carey had given his side the lead.

A Latics throw in deep into the Wrexham half was set back to Danny Leigh on the right who crossed near post, with Carey darting in front of the goalkeeper and defender to make it 1-0.

By their coach's own admission the performance wasn't as good as that of the first half in their previous game against Port Vale but he was impressed with Latics' work rate and the performance of Dieu Foukamene in midfield was one that stood out.

He worked hard all game, breaking up play and aiding Latics in starting forward movement.

Things got a bit more complicated five minutes into the second half when Wrexham equalised with a free header from a corner at the back post but not long after Latics were back in front.

Playing out from the back with Ellis Gibbons and Danny Leigh, Latics pushed forward through Foukamene who found Lloyd Bannister.

Bannister's cross aimed at Sam Cosgrove rebounded back off a defender into the path of Mather who finished well to put Latics back into the lead 2-1.

Marauding right back Leigh added Latics' third with a gut-busting run from his own post to score.

After successfully defending a corner, Latics countered with substitute Matty Hamilton who, after playing the ball with Cosgrove, switched the ball to from left to right for Leigh to finish off, settling the game at 3-1.

Following the game coach John Doolan said:

"We're very happy to have won the game and we scored some good goals, with a great piece of awareness from Omar (Carey) for the first one.

"We set high standards in the first half last week against Port Vale so we gave ourselves a task this week to make sure we maintained that.

"Our work rate was brilliant and the lads got what they deserved with the win."

Latics: Trialist; Leigh, Gibbons, Harrison (Anson 75), Lambert, Bannister (Merrie 75), Mather, Foukamene, Carey, Trialist (Hamilton 45), Cosgrove

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