PORT VALE 0WIGAN ATHLETIC 2
A dominating and all round pleasant victory in the sunshine of the Potteries for Latics' Development Squad, as Joey Johnson opened the scoring and Danny Redmond provided another top class finish to give Latics side a 2-0 win in their first away game of the season.
It was a strong line-up for Latics at Norton United FC's ground, with Juan Carlos Garcia featuring again alongside the likes of Fraser Fyvie and Nouha Dicko.
Latics looked strong from start to finish and within four minutes Dicko forced the Valiants' goalkeeper into a low save as Adam Buxton fed him into the area down the right.
Passing was crisp and effective with Steven Boothman reaping the benefits of excellent central play by Redmond and Fyvie.
Boothman came close on a number of occasions in the first half, cutting in from the left onto his right foot and testing the keeper.
Latics were coming closer and closer to a goal as the game reached the half an hour mark and it was another precision forward move that eventually opened up the home side's defence.
Boothman and Garcia interchanged well down the left wing, with the Honduran finding Guillermo Andres near the front post, the Spaniard simply pulled the ball back to Johnson who obliged by turning the ball in with a slight deflection from the defender.
Four minutes later Boothman came close to making it 2-0 when another inside run ended with a rasping right footed shot which was tipped wide at the last second by Sam Johnson.
The left winger then had Johnson scrambling for the ball again with another right footed effort, this time low towards the bottom corner.
With three minutes remaining of the first half another slick passing move in the final third gave Latics their second goal.
Quick passing on the edge of the area between Fyvie and Redmond gave the latter an inch of space around a defender for him to strike left footed and dip the ball over the Vale goalkeeper from all of 25 yards.
It was a perfect way to end a strong first half and more dominance would follow for the second 45.
Latics should have turned in a few more goals in the second half but chances went narrowly begging, with Andres having two one-on-ones saved while Garcia's goal-bound header from a Redmond free kick was blocked as it looked to be heading in.
Port Vale very rarely threatened the back line as Rob Kiernan led his fellow defenders well with a strong aerial presence.
Fyvie and Redmond controlled the midfield, while Boothman, Johnson and Andres proved willing runners.
The second half also saw introduction of Ryan Meadows and Luke Ainscough, who played their parts in seeing out a comfortable victory.
Port Vale: Johnson; Alexander, Jefford, Price, Morris, Lloyd (Swarbi 60), Osbourne, Tambini, Hugill, Dell, Carvalho
Unused Subs: Boot, Smith, Beesley, Smiljanic
Latics: Nicholls, Buxton, Garcia, Mustoe, Kiernan, Redmond, Dicko (Ainscough 83), Fyvie, Andres, Johnson, Boothman (Meadows 65)
Unused Subs: Marosi, Wilson