Buabo on target but extra-time penalty sees Latics progress
Town U18s fell to a narrow defeat after extra-time in the Professional Development League play-off semi-final.
Tom Costello put the hosts in front inside the opening two minutes before Gerard Buabo's early second-half strike half saw the game end level.
Harry McHugh convered a penalty with 13 minutes of extra-time remaining to see Latics progress.
Wigan got off to the perfect start at Christopher Park Training Ground as James Carragher, Sean McGurk and Kieran Lloyd combined to tee up Costello for the opening goal.
The Latics' number nine would've added his second just nine minutes later with Lloyd again the provider but Lewis Ridd pulled off a strong save from his prodded effort.
Blues began to grow into the game and were inches away from a leveller midway through the half, Cameron Humphreys' direct free-kick hitting the woodwork.
It was roles reversed early in the second period as Adem Atey's side found an equaliser under four minutes after the restart, Buabo netting for Town.
Wigan 'keeper Tom Watson denied the young Blues a late winner while Millen Brown and McGurk went close at the other end as the game finished level.
Having remained at stalemate for the first period of extra-time, McHugh slotted his penalty into the bottom corner two minutes into the second to see the hosts move on to the PDL2 final.
Wigan: Watson, Lloyd, Snell, Carragher (C), Fulton, McHugh, McGurk, McGee, Costello, Sze, Brown.
Subs: Tickle, Welsh, Sumner, Trialist, Smith.
Town: Ridd, Cutbush, Stewart, Baggott, Armin, Alexander (C), Humphreys, Gibbs, Ward, Buabo, Bello.
Subs: Bradshaw, Nwabueze, Chirewa, Agbaje, Jackson.
Town U18s are sponsored by Britton Group.