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FA Youth Cup: Justin Oboavwoduo sends Manchester City through

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Justin Oboavwoduo scored a hat-trick and grabbed an assist as City swept aside third-tier Fleetwood Town to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup.

Oboavwoduo opened the scoring before Sam Glenfield missed a penalty for the Cod Army. Matthew Whittingham then doubled City’s lead before half-time.

Will Dickson made it three shortly after the break before Oboavwoduo added two more to his tally to confirm City’s place in the next round.

Manchester City come into the game off the back of being eliminated from the U18 Premier League Cup by Tottenham Hotspur but have progressed through both their previous rounds in this competition by a three-goal margin.

Youth Alliance League side Fleetwood Town are into the fifth round for the first time in the club’s history after brushing aside Middlesbrough 3-0 in the last round. They come into this clash off the back of a 5-2 victory against Stockport County at the weekend.

City got off to a flying start, taking the lead after just five minutes when Nico O’Reilly flicked the ball through to Justin Oboavwoduo who drilled an effort in off the near post.

Fleetwood grew into the game as the half progressed and earned a great chance to equalise in the 30th minute when Tomas Galvez brought down Billy Jones in the box for a penalty.

Glenfield stepped to take it but George Murray-Jones saved his tame effort before Jacob Wright denied Brad Arthur the rebound with a sensational last-ditch tackle.

City made them pay and doubled their lead shortly after when Joel Ndala collected the ball and beat two defenders before rolling in Whittingham who slotted it into the far corner.

The Blues extended their lead in the 50th minute when Oboavwoduo broke in behind the Fleetwood backline from a long ball which also drew out the keeper.

The striker unselfishly squared the ball across for Dickson who tapped into the empty net to maintain his record of scoring in every round of the FA Youth Cup this season.

City made it four ten minutes later when Ndala smashed the post from the edge of the area. Substitute Alfie Harrison kept it alive and found Ndala.

The forward poked through Oboavwoduo and the 16-year-old kept his nerve to roll home his 12th goal of the season to put the game beyond all doubt for City.

Oboavwoduo notched a hat trick in the 85th minute when he pinched Arthur’s misplaced header back to set himself up for a headed tap-in.

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