Yiouth team through to the third round of the FA Youth Cup
Goals from Jamie Lucas and Shaquille Hunter enabled our youth team to beat Staines Town in last night's second round FA Youth Cup tie at the Memorial Stadium.
It was an excellent team performance against a determined Staines side who enjoyed passages of possession but rarely troubled home keeper Matt Macey
Youth Team Manager Alan Walsh was pleased with the manner of the win and feels that there is still more to come from his side.
"It was a hard fought win, and I think we should give Staines a little bit of credit, as they came here and competed and gave us a few problems.
"However after we took a two goal lead I felt that the third one was going to be crucial. Had they scored then they would have been in with a shout of getting back in the game. Thankfully, though, it was us who scored and from then on we seldom looked in any danger.
"I felt that we controlled the game, to a degree, in the first half when we scored two great goals and probably should have added more given the chances we created.
"We didn't really get going in the second half, as Staines put us on the back foot a little bit, though they only really threatened to score on one occasion.
"They had some very quick players in their side and were good on the counter attack. I thought we dealt with that threat really well, though, and limited them to very few goal attempts."
His side scored three excellent goals, the first from Lucas who was played in by Sam Kamara, the second from Hunter who rifled a shot past the visiting goalkeeper and the third, again from Hunter, saw him show remarkable pace down the flank before finding the back of the net again.
"I thought the goals were excellent. For the first goal Jamies first touch was outstanding and set him up for the finish, Shaquille gave the keeper no chance with his shot for the second and was played in by Jamie before racing on to score his second of the evening.
"The lads deserve a lot of credit for scoring three goals, and the build up play that led to them, and keeping a clean sheet in such an important game and deserve praise for the way they played.
"I think we are becoming a difficult side to beat and that's how I want things to be. I am constantly telling them that we can improve, as individuals and as a team. We aren't the finished article, by any means, but we will continue to work hard in order to develop and improve our game."