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Wigan Open Summer Season With Win Over The Columbus Crew 2-1

Ryan Finley was the bright spot for the home side during the annual summer friendly.

Scott Carson's Socks
Scott Carson's Socks
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Exactly as promised, last night's game wasn't scintillating. The Crew weren't

As Head Coach Robert Warzycha told The Dispatch's Shawn Mitchell "Nothing really happened on the field in the first half." Both keepers got in the action collecting passes that went to long as most of the game stayed in the midfield. Bernardo Anor would take a shot from 25 yards out that just went past the post.

Wigan would shake things up in the second half when former Buckeye and Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza entered the game. He'd provide the first real chance of the game in the 46th minute with a nice cross to James McCarthy. McCarthy finished the open header easily.

Minutes after significant substitutions by both teams, Marc-Antoine Fortuné would extend the lead in the 63rd minute when Tony Tchani passed back to Tyson Wahl. Wahl's return pass was closed down and turned over allowing recent substitute Fraser Fyvie to pick up the ball. Fortuné then beat a stranded Daniel Withrow near post.

Columbus would finally answer ten minutes later. Matias Sanchez sprayed the ball out wide. Eric Gehrig, after a nice give and go, would cross the ball towards the massing forward line. Ryan Finley would chip the ball over the defense to get his first goal for the team.

The Crew, lead by Finley, would press for an equalizer but wouldn't be able to get one. Wigan kicked off their summer tour with a 2-1 win in the Ohio summer heat. Columbus most importantly escaped without injury, Agustin Viana played another 45 minutes, and Ryan Finley may be getting some goal scoring touch back. Just about everyone got what they wanted.