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FINAL THIRD DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE CUP REPORT: LATICS 7 MANSFIELD 1

Chow and Redmond v Mansfield

Wigan Athletic 7 Mansfield Town 1 - Tim Chow and Danny Redmond receive the trophy.

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16:57 6th May 2014

by Nick Taylor

Latics make it a double with emphatic 7-1 victory over Mansfield in the FTDL Cup final.

Latics hit seven against Mansfield Town to claim their second trophy of the season, winning the Final Third Development League Cup.

WIGAN ATHLETIC 7
Jennings 16, 65
Andres 35
Redmond (pen) 59
Johnson 74
Chow 77, 90

MANSFIELD TOWN 1
Fletcher 19

A remarkable seven goals saw Latics claim their second trophy of a successful season as Peter Atherton's side ran out clear winners at Robin Park Arena to lift the Final Third Development League Cup.

In truth it could have been more for the young Latics who took the lead on 16 minutes thanks to a Ryan Jennings header. Mansfield fought back straight away with an equaliser through Dan Fletcher, but once Latics forced themselves back in front through Guillermo Andres, they never looked back.

Five goals followed in a second half which saw Latics have 20 attempts, first with Danny Redmond converting from the penalty spot, before Jennings added a second and the impressive Joey Johnson made it 5-1.

Substitute Tim Chow grabbed the goals for 6-1 and 7-1 with an impressive impact from the bench as Latics ran out clear winners.

Latics started with three familiar faces, as Fraser Fyvie, Lee Nicholls and Redmond all returned to the side, with the latter making his first appearance on the back of his loan spell in Sky Bet League One with Carlisle United.

It took 16 minutes for Latics to take the lead, with marauding right back Danny Leigh volleying a cross from the right wing for Jennings to head home from close range.

Despite the comfortable final score line, the Stags made it difficult for Latics in the first half, with striker Dan Fletcher levelling just three minutes later when his header at the left post sneaked in past Nicholls from a tight angle.

Latics had nothing to fear though and their expansive attacking play continued straight after the equaliser, with Andres coming close on multiple occasions.

Eventually on 35 minutes his chances paid off as he burst through the middle clean through on goal, slotting home at the second attempt after an initial save from Harry Waldram.

With Mansfield on the ropes, Latics couldn't provide the knock out in the first half, both Jennings and Fyvie had attempts cleared off the line and defender Michael Wilson smashed a left footed volley onto the cross bar from the edge of the area.

Latics' continued pressure paid off in the second half and the goals finally began to flow.

Five in total, with the first falling to Redmond who converted from the penalty spot after Jennings was tumbled following a clever cut into the area down the left side.

Redmond's cool penalty into the bottom left corner marked his fifth for the Development Squad this term.

Jennings then added his second of the game and seventh of the season on 65 minutes, latching onto a Ryan Meadows' flick on from a Redmond free kick with an acrobatic effort at the back post.

Nine minutes later and Latics were 5-1 up. Redmond's quick throw in down the left played substitute Patrick Antelmi in on goal, but the Australian striker had his effort tipped away by Waldram, only for Johnson to follow it up into an empty net with his sixth goal of the campaign.

A sixth would soon follow and Johnson was at the centre of it again, first striking the post with his initial effort, before providing a pin-point cross for Tim Chow to follow in from close range.

At 6-1, Jennings came close to grabbing a hat-trick when he turned Leigh's cut back over the bar, and Antelmi had a string of chances from crosses before Johnson once again hit the post.

That elusive seventh goal eventually came on 90 minutes when Chow powerfully barged his way through the Mansfield defence to smash home left footed to round off a performance to be proud of.

Latics: Nicholls, Leigh, Lambert, Wilson, Balogun, Meadows, Jennings, Fyvie Chow 62), Andres (Antelmi 68), Redmond (Ainscough 78), Johnson
Unused Subs: Marosi, Phillips

Mansfield: Waldram, Koczalski, Hodget-Young, Hemshall, Brownlie, Hutchinson (R.Thompson 61), Simo-Hemagou, Fitzpatrick, Fletcher, Carver, T.Thompson
Unused subs: Hill

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