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FA Youth Cup Fifth Round – Talking Points

Enrique Tiamuna, Left and Gatlin O'Donkor, right celebrating their 3-0 win over Leeds United [Credit: Oxford United Media]

Only four Premier League clubs remain in the FA Youth Cup after the fifth round of the competition, which saw plenty of goals and upsets. Here are the main talking points:

Table toppers ease through

Manchester City and West Ham are top of the U18 Premier League North and South respectively, and both ran out comfortable winners in the fifth round. Manchester City eased past Fleetwood Town 5-0 after a hat-trick from Justin Oboavwoduo, alongside goals from Matthew Whittingham and Will Dickson. Dickson has now scored in every round of City’s FA Youth Cup campaign.

West Ham are 13 points clear in the U18 Premier League South and they continued their sparkling form in the Youth Cup with a 4-1 win away at Stoke City. The goals for the Hammers came from Lewis Orford, George Earthy and a brace from Divin Mubama. Mubama has now scored four goals in the competition and made his senior debut against Derby County in the FA Cup in January.

Ipswich, Cambridge and Oxford upset the odds

Ipswich Town beat Liverpool 2-0 in front of a crowd of 2,649 at Portman Road. Both goals were scored by Rio Oudnie-Morgan, meaning the young forward has scored five goals in the competition so far. The 17-year-old has made appearances for the Northern Ireland U18’s and U19’s this season and could play a key role in the Quarter-final tie against West Ham.

Cambridge United continue to be the underdogs of the FA Youth Cup this season. After defeating category one Chelsea 1-0 in the previous round, they edged past category two Sheffield Wednesday 2-1. Brandon Njoku scored an 87th minute winner for the U’s to secure an away tie against Arsenal in the next round.

Oxford United eased past Premier League Leeds United 3-0 in what was arguably the shock of the round. The goals came from Enrique Tiamuna and a double from Gatlin O’Donkor. Oxford have scored three goals in every Youth Cup so far this season and will be looking to continue this impressive streak in the quarter-finals when they travel to Manchester City.

Arsenal comeback against Watford

Arsenal found themselves 2-0 down after 13 minutes at Vicarage Road, but fought back with four second-half goals to see off Watford. The goals came from Michal Rosiak, Osman Kamara and a brace from Amario Cozier-Duberry. Cozier-Duberry has scored four goals and assisted three in Arsenal’s Youth Cup campaign so far and will be integral to Arsenal’s chances of securing an eight FA Youth Cup title.

Preston and Southampton win 3-2 to set up Quarter Final tie

Southampton saw off Fulham 3-2 after scoring three goals in the opening 13 minutes of the game. Despite two late goals from the Cottagers, Southampton were able to hold on and secure their place in the Quarter-finals. Dominic Ballard scored two for the Saints, adding to the hat-trick he scored in Southampton’s third-round win away at Coventry City.

Luton Town bowed out of the competition to Preston North End in an entertaining game at Kenilworth Road. Preston ran out 3-2 winners with goals from Kian Best, Finlay Cross-Adair and Felipe Rodriguez-Gentile. Rodriguez-Gentile has scored seven goals in three Youth Cup games this season, scoring in each round so far. The Brazilian-born striker is already attracting interest from the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool at the age of 16.

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