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Dale’s Derby Day Defeat

Tom Eaves

Local rivals Rochdale and Oldham Athletic went head to head on Saturday in the Youth Alliance but it was Oldham who came out on top with a 4-2 victory over their neighbours.

Once underway the game typified a local derby, with plenty of commitment and endeavour from both sides and chances at a premium in a lively first quarter.

However, it was the Latics who took the lead, when a ball in by Matt A. Carr resulted in Tom Eaves (pictured) heading home from close range. Dale’s Scott Hogan equalised before the break with a half volley into the far corner of the net.

The second half became a much more open affair and the Latics regained the lead on the hour mark when Djeny Bembo-Leta fired home an excellent left foot shot from 20 yards.

Dale grabbed an equaliser for a second time in the 70th minute. Following good wing play from Helio Andre, Dennis Sherriff finished well from close range.

With 15 minutes remaining, Oldham’s substitute Connor Hughes delivered a cross for Tom Eaves to rise and head home from 16 yards.

Their fourth goal came with five minutes to go, when a David Mellor free kick was met by Tom Eaves to complete a hat trick for the Latics.

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