Wigan Warriors Under-19’s Head Coach, Darrell Goulding, on Wigan’s 58-24 win over Warrington Wolves at 2017 Fan Day
Under-19s secure top spot of the Academy League table with two games left to play
- Craig Mullen, Liam Paisley and Harry Smith impress Goulding
Under-19’s head coach Darrell Goulding said he was pleased that his side had secured top spot with two games remaining after an emphatic 58-24 win over Warrington Wolves at the 2017 Fan Day.
A bumper crowd of over 1,000 fans watched on as Sam Grant, Joe Brown (2), Craig Mullen, Callum Green and Paddy Casey scored for Wigan in the first-half as the Warriors led 36-0 at the break.
Warrington hit back with three quick tries in the second-half but Brown completed his hat-trick to extend Wigan’s before Green and Samy Kibula went over. Warrington scored again late on but Craig Mullen scored at the death as the Warriors convincingly won 58-24 to secure first place.
On finishing league leaders, Goulding said: “It’s really pleasing. We spoke about the importance of winning the game because we would finish top of the Academy League for the season so it was a massive game and I think the lads responded to the extra pressure quite well.
“The first-half was brilliant. There are still other things that we can improve on but to score that many points and to nil a team in one half is really good and it’s come on the back of what has been our best training week for a long while so it’s no coincidence.
“Finishing first is massive for us. To get the home advantage (in the play-offs) is big for us and even though there is no emphasis on it as such, it is a proud achievement to finish top of the league at the end of the regular season so do it with two games in hand is good.”
Goulding was impressed by the majority of his team but thought that Craig Mullen, Liam Paisley and Harry Smith stood out.
The 29-year-old coach added: “Pretty much every player did well.
“Harry Smith just keeps getting better and better. Since going to Swinton on dual-reg, Liam Paisley has come on leaps and bounds as a player but the big one for me was Craig Mullen. He has been good all year round but I thought he was exceptional this week.”
Next up for the Under-19s is a game against London Broncos at the Fairhurst Accountants Community Stadium on Friday 28 July, 7pm kick-off.