Latics defeated in the LFA Senior Cup final after shoot out against Bury.
Wigan Athletic's Development Squad face cruel defeat in the LFA Senior Cup final after a penalty shoot out against Bury.
Tutte 60’ (pen)
WIGAN ATHLETIC 1
The Development Squad cruelly missed out on silverware at the Lancashire FA Headquarters 4-2 in a penalty shootout to nine time winners Bury, after what was an impressive performance over 90 minutes from Joe Parkinson’s side.
Latics led the game after 28 minutes when Matthew Hamilton saw a spot kick saved, but followed up the rebound, only for Bury to pull level on the hour mark when Andrew Tutte converted from the spot.
Grant Holt worked tirelessly up front alongside substitute Louis Robles, with the pair creating excellent chances, only to be denied by Bury goalkeeper Rob Lainton on numerous occasions.
The team worked hard as a unit under the floodlights at the County Ground, but Bury held on for penalties, and Latics faced a cruel outcome.
Holt was one of three senior faces in the side, joined by Lee Nicholls and Juan Carlos Garcia in a starting XI which also featured Tim Chow who has been involved with first team pre-season.
Bury also featured a strong starting line-up, with goal scorer Tutte joined by Chris Sedgwick, Joe Thompson, Keil O’Brien and goalkeeper Lainton.
Against Bury’s experienced side, a number of bright young Latics talents stood out, with Declan Poole and Hamilton performing particularly well.
Latics started on the front foot and with just five minutes gone, 16-year-old right back Luke Burke created the games’ opening chance when he whipped in a wicked cross from the right wing, which saw Holt narrowly head over from the centre of the area.
A mix of intense pressing and clever midfield passing had Latics looking the better side and it paid off just before the half hour mark when Jordan Flores sent Poole one-on-one with Bury centre back O’Brien down the left.
Poole’s clever shift of the ball out of his feet and into the area forced O’Brien to slide in, and in doing so he brought down the combatant midfielder for a penalty.
Hamilton stepped up only for Lainton to turn his spot kick away, but the forward remained alert to follow the ball up, striking his effort into the ground and over the sprawling keeper.
Six minutes later Robles (who replaced Joey Johnson early on), sent Holt through on goal, he shaped to shoot after his first touch, but Lainton denied the striker from the edge of the box.
Latics were in again just before half time when Hamilton closed down Marcus Poscha in Bury’s half, teeing up the in-rushing Robles on the edge of the area, but Robles’ extra touch gave Bury the chance to recover and O’Brien blocked his eventual effort.
The second half started just as impressively for Latics, Flores this time coming close when he latched onto Nicholls’ clearance, but was denied by Lainton’s left foot.
Bury started to create their own chances though, with Thompson clipping the top of the cross bar as he struck an impressive volley across Nicholls down the right side.
Latics were creating the more clear cut chances, but Bury were beginning to have their best spell of the game, and just before the hour mark they got themselves a penalty.
It was almost a carbon copy of Latics’ penalty as Sean Harrison was judged to have upended Thompson down that same left side of the area.
Tutte stepped up and coolly equalised, but Nicholls wasn’t far away from keeping the midfielder out.
From then on it was back and forth, until the last ten minutes which saw Robles side foot a right footed shot agonisingly wide from the middle of a crowded box, the best chance for either team to settle the game.
And so it went to penalties. Hamilton went high to convert for 1-0, with Bury also scoring their first.
Garcia then whipped it low into the bottom right corner before Thompson made it 2-2.
Lainton denied Flores, with Sedgwick giving Bury a 3-2 advantage. Chow then struck the cross bar, giving Scott Burgess the chance to win the tie for the Shakers and he did, smashing in his penalty to give Bury their ninth LFA Senior Cup.
Following the game, Development Squad coach Joe Parkinson could only heap praise on his side who performed admirably on the night.
“It’s not nice to lose on penalties, especially when we played the way we did.
“The lads have got to take a lot of credit for their performance tonight, they pressed extremely well and created some very good chances.
“We have to take the positives from this game into the new season, and overall despite not winning the trophy, I was very pleased with what I saw.”
Latics: Nicholls, Burke, McNally, Chow, Harrison, Garcia, Johnson (Robles 13), Poole, Holt, Hamilton, Flores
Unused Subs: Keane (GK), Balogun, Purzycki, Barrigan