Marine 2 Wigan Athletic Development Squad 3

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The WADS travelled to sunny Crosby in the leafy suberbs of north Merseyside this afternoon to take on Evostik premeir league club Marine and came away with a well deserved win with a scoreline that failed to reflect Wigan’s dominance.

Wigan started brightly passing the ball with the confidence and composure that befits the ethos of the club and with Tim Chow and man of the match Ryan Wilson controlling the central midfield the homeside were on the back foot from the off.

Latics’ dominance should have paid off early in the first half but time and again Wigan were flagged offisde, some which seemed somewhat generous . Edu resolved this dilemma by breaking from the half way line cutting inside and firing an unstoppable shot past the keeper into the bottom corner. Edu  maybe be lacking in match fitness but his skills honed at the Barca academy were evident for all to see.

At the back McCormack who looks like a younger quicker version of Ian Brekin marshalled the back four competantly leaving the home side attack to shoot from distance causing no trouble to Wigsan keeper Hare.

Up front new signing  Andres looked sharp, without really having the chance to shine and the second goal once again  involved his compatriot Edu, when the Spaniard was felled on the edge of the area. The wall that was assembled was nowhere near the required ten yards but this worked to Wigan’s advantage when the ball hit the wall and the referee had no hesitation in awarding a penalty for handball which Ryan Watson cooly converted to put Wigan two up.

Wigan continued to dominate and Edu was once again involved when he was barged into the hoardings behind the goal the referee seeing nothing wrong with the overtly physical challenge.

Latics trooped off at half time with a much deserved two goal lead which could have been more but for a plethora of offside decisions plus a shameful waste of good chances in front of the goal.

The second half saw Sheego come on for Andres as well as a couple of other unannounced substitutions saw Wigan continue to play with a lone central forward with two supporting attacking midfielders and once again Watson was the scorer shooting past the keeper.

Wigan eased up then and a spirited Marine side continued to work hard and were rewarded when Fowler  seized on a loose ball in the Wigan area and fired the ball home past Hare. Wigan were appealing for a foul in the build up but the goal stood.

Both sides continued to press forward and in the 83rd minute Marine were awarded a penalty when the home sides attack was clearly halted by a clumsy foul, Moore sending Hare completely the wrong way.

The home side scented a draw in the offing but Wigan kept their cool and the full time whistle brought to the end a good workout against a good Marine side .



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