Newcastle United Reserves’ four game unbeaten run came to an end tonight, when Wigan Reserves won fairly comfortably 2-0.
Adam Sadler – Newcastle fielded a young side
Wigan played quite an experienced team and Nigeria international Julius Aghahowa scored after just 17 minutes to put Wigan ahead as he beat goalkeeper Forster low into the corner of the net.
England under-17 striker Ryan Donaldson almost equalized immediately when his close range effort was only inches wide. Then midfielder Mark Doninger went close with a free kick before the interval came with Wigan still ahead by a single goal.
But after 54 minutes Callum Morris put into his own goal as he challenged for the ball around the penalty spot.
Wigan manager Steve Bruce was at the game to see some of his players returning from injury. In the second half Newcastle goalkeeper Fraser Fraser Forster made a couple of very good saves to keep the score reasonable.
Then just before the end captain David Edgar came close following a well placed James Troisi free-kick.
Wigan Athletic Reserves: Russell Saunders, Peter Moore, Maynor Figueroa, Lewis Montrose, Erik Hagen, Andreas Granqvist, Tomasz Cywka, Josip Skoko, Julius Aghahowa, Rachid Bouaouzan (Tomasz Kupisz, 77m), Salomon Olembe
Subs not used: Luke Ashworth, Tim Horn, Craig Mahon, Chris McCaughtrie
Newcastle United Reserves: Fraser Forster, Callum Morris, Tamas Kadar, Ben Tozer, David Edgar, Mark Doninger, James Troisi, Jonny Godsmark, James Marwood, Ryan Donaldson, Wesley Ngo Baheng (Alex Francis, 64m)
Subs not used: Ole Soderberg, Darren Lough, Mark Bertram, Michael McCrudden