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Latics book place in next round of Checkatrade Trophy
Wednesday 8th November 2017 @ 12:32 by Mark Phillip
Football Oldham Sports

Oldham have booked their place in the second round of the Checkatrade Trophy after beating Newcastle United U21s 4-1 on Tuesday.

The routine victory came courtesy of two goals apiece from Jack Byrne and Eoin Doyle, while the Magpies notched a late goal through Rolando Aarons to take some pride from the game.

It was a much-needed win for Latics, who had suffered back-to-back losses prior to the game, including Saturday’s defeat in the FA Cup at Carlisle United.

In a bid to change his side’s fortunes, manager Richie Wellens made a string of changes to the starting XI. Bryne was reintroduced to proceedings after missing out at Carlisle on Saturday, and the midfielder ran the show from start to finish.

It took Byrne just 13 minutes to open the scoring. After finding space inside the box, Bryne composed himself and fired the ball into the bottom corner.

Oldham were made two wait until the 61st minute to double the lead. Kean Bryan’s long range effort forced the keeper into a good save, but Doyle was alert to the rebound and followed up from 12 yards.

Two minutes after the re-start, and Oldham found themselves 3-0 up. Neat build-up play from Aaron Amadi-Holloway and Doyle ended at the feet of Bryne, who twisted inside the box and slotted home from six yards out.

Doyle grabbed his second of the game – and Oldham’s fourth – with 20 minutes to go. After capitalising on a through ball and finding space at his feet, Doyle composed himself and coolly chipped the hapless keeper.

Newcastle were presented with few chances throughout the evening, but they did pull one back with 12 minutes to go through Aarons. The winger nodded home at the near post to give the 50 travelling fans something to cheer about.