U18s through to round four of the FA Youth CupCoventry City 0
Bristol Rovers 1
Our youth team made it through to the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup on Saturday, beating Coventry 1-0 thanks to a goal from Shaquille Hunter.
Youth Team Manager Alan Walsh felt that it was a deserved victory and praised his side for an excellent performance.
“The lads put a good shift in and the football they played in the first half was probably the best since I arrived here.
“They worked hard against a good Coventry side who we had watched prior to playing them. We knew we would have a tough game on our hands, but we really put them on the back foot in the opening period and limited them to long range efforts on our goal.”
Rovers scored the only goal of the game in the opening fifteen minutes.
“The goal came after Shaquille burst down the right, beat the full back, and drilled a low, hard cross/shot across face of goal. Whilst appeared to take a deflection on its way into the net, ‘Shaqs’ was credited with the goal.
“He played well and he caused them problems all through the game with his ability to take on defenders with his pace and Alefe did the same on the left.”
There could have been further goals before the break.
“Their keeper made one good save, we hit the woodwork, and there were a couple of goalmouth scrambles.”
“We expected Coventry to come at us in the second half, on the left hand side and second half, and they did put us under a little bit of pressure. However we limited them to long range efforts and, in all honesty, we had the better chances on the counter attack.
“Their best chance came in the dying seconds of the game but as the ball rolled towards the edge of the box and their lad came in to strike it, but Matt Macey came out of his goal to smother the it and take the pressure off.
“The Coventry staff were very complimentary afterwards and said that they thought we deserved the win, which was very gratifying.
“We now face an away tie against Birmingham in the next round, on a date date to be arranged, and it’s another game we are all looking forward to.
Matt Macey, Josh Southway, Danny Greenslade, Laurent Mondo, Trey Anderson, Tom Lockyer, Alefe Santos (Connor Finn), Dominic Thomas, Jamie Lucas (Chad Douglas), Shaquille Hunter, Carlos Barra
Substitutes: Liam Vaulters, Aaron Bryan, Sam Kamara