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FA Youth Cup: Third Round Talking Points

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The third round of the FA Youth Cup has drawn to a close and we take a look at the talking points from the action.

Burton Albion stun Aston Villa

The Brewers, who compete in the Youth Alliance league, completed a big upset in round three as they beat U18 Premier League side Aston Villa 3-1.

Villa took the league early on, but Burton struck back 13 minutes later and then took the lead four minutes into the second half through Dylan Scott, who netted again in the 81st minute to seal an unbelievable result for Albion.

Burton will face Premier League table toppers Tottenham Hotspur in round four and will have their work cut out for them against a talented Spurs side.

Nwaneri nets five in Arsenal domination

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Ethan Nwaneri put on a show as the Gunners continued their six-game unbeaten run with a 7-1 win over Crewe at Meadow Park.

The highly regarded 16-year-old scored five goals in his sides round three win, three of which came in a five-minute flurry in the second half.

Luis Brown and Omari Benjamin also netted for Arsenal and the win saw them through to round four, where they will face fellow Premier League heavyweight Liverpool.

Sunderland win seven goal thriller over Northeast rivals

Sunderland fought off a second half comeback against Middlesbrough to earn in their spot in the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup.

The Black Cats enjoyed a straightforward first half as they went into the break three goals to the good against their fellow Northeasters.

Finley Cartwright and Charlie Lennon brought Boro within touching distance but Thomas Watson and Fin Garagusaan’s late strikes gave Sunderland the win on Wearside, who will face Gillingham in the next round.

Substitute Ethan Williams earns Manchester United progress

In a competitive cup tie at Old Trafford, Ethan Williams came off the bench and secured the goal to send his side into round four.

Both teams had chances to take the lead, but it was Ethan Wheatley that found the net first, but the goal was ruled out for offside.

Williams reacted well to slot home in the 75th minute to give United rite of passage to round four where they will face Swindon Town.

Harris scores hattrick as Reading impress

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Taylan Harris’ hattrick led Reading to an emphatic 6-0 win over Youth Alliance side Rotherham United.

It took Harris just eight minutes to break the deadlock and the forward added another from the penalty spot ten minutes later and he concluded his hattrick in the 79th minute.

Joseph Barough’s brace and Shay Spencer’s late goal secured the win for the Ding and they will take on Sheffield Wednesday in the next round of FA Youth Cup action.

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