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Blues U21s 5 Wigan U21s 0

Posted: Wed 23 Jul 2014
Author: Peter Lewis

Koby Arthur capped a lively display with a brace as Blues U21s comprehensively put the visiting Latics to the sword in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Wast Hills.

Andy Shinnie, Liam Truslove and a late goal from a trialist completed the nap hand in what was a highly impressive all-round performance from Alan Thompson’s charges.

Arthur opened the scoring early on with a low shot from the edge of the area and added to his personal tally just after the hour with a 20-yard drive which squirmed through the legs of the Wigan keeper to put Blues four goals to the good.

The young Ghanaian winger’s energetic 70-minute showing would have given the watching Lee Clark food for thought, but there were plenty more of Blues’ youngsters that grasped their opportunity to shine on a sun-baked afternoon in B38.

Centre-halves Will Packwood and Nat Kelly kept Wigan’s experienced striker Grant Holt well in check, while Reece Webb was a continual combative presence in the middle of the park.  

Shinnie showed tremendous composure to dink the ball over the advancing keeper to put Blues two-up midway through the opening period. And the hosts’ lead was stretched to three soon into the second period when Truslove crashed in a fizzing 25-yard free-kick.

Truslove was involved again for the final goal of the afternoon as his header from a corner was diverted past the keeper. At the other end Nick Townsend was largely well protected in the Blues goal but on the rare occasions he was called into action the teenager shot-stopper pulled off two good saves.

Blues: Nick Townsend; James Fry, Will Packwood (Kyle McFarlane 62), Nat Kelly, Bobby Moseley; Reece Webb, Charlee Adams (Liam Truslove h/t); Josh Cogley, Andy Shinnie (Trialist h/t), Koby Arthur (Wes McDonald 70), George McGee (Trialist 54).