Wigan Athletic progressed in the FA Youth Cup on Wednesday night as they saw off Birmingham City 4-0 to set up a clash against Manchester United in the Quarter-final.
The Latics’ youth teams have been in very strong form this season and this continued on Wednesday night as Wigan put four goals past the Blues, with Kyle Joseph and Sean McGurk scoring either side of a Joe Gelhardt brace.
Wigan got off to a lightning start when Joseph netted inside fie minutes before Gelhardt added a second from the penalty spot with 13 minutes on the clock.
The striker added his second of the game just before half-time to put the game beyond any doubt before McGurk added the polish to an accomplished performance from Peter Murphy’s side at the Lancashire FA’s County Ground.
The pick of the goals was the one to make it 3-0 when Gelhardt broke through challenges to unleash an unstoppable strike from range high into the net.
— Wigan Athletic (@LaticsOfficial) February 5, 2020
Gelhardt has been very impressive for Paul Cook’s first-team too, bursting onto the Championship scene this season, scoring his first league goal for the club in their away clash against Hull City earlier in the season.
His form has done enough to earn him a new contract at the DW Stadium, warding off potential interest from top clubs.
After his heroics on Wednesday night, we take a look at how fans reacted to footage of his stunning second goal…
Yea he will be beating your lot at old trafford in a few weeks good point.
— Wigan Athletic USA (Will Jones) (@willjones8210) February 5, 2020
— Dave COURTNEY (@DaveCOU07300517) February 5, 2020
Can you score 13/13 in this Wigan Athletic quiz?
— Lauren C (@_LaurenC30_) February 5, 2020
That's a bit special 👀 #upthetics
— Trevor Hilton (@TrevorPHilton) February 5, 2020
This guy 😍
— Dan (@danhero99) February 5, 2020
Some player this lad
— gordon waddington (@gawaddington) February 5, 2020
Give the Lad the Number 10 in first Team 👏👏👏
— Phil Thompson (@Its_thommo) February 6, 2020
Should be knocking on the door for a starting place in the first team
— Barrett (@AdamBarrett80) February 5, 2020
Let’s not ruin him and let’s leave him out every week 🤯🤯🤯🤯
— James Bonser (@bonza_88) February 5, 2020