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FA Youth Cup: Fourth Round Talking Points

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There were huge upsets, previous finalists eliminated, and goals galore in the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup, we look back at the action.

Liverpool put seven past Arsenal

In a clash of two of the best U18 Premier League sides, the Reds saw off last year’s Youth Cup runners-up in a 7-1 dismantling of the Gunners.

Lewis Koumas put Liverpool ahead after ten minutes and to their credit, Arsenal responded five minutes later through Ethan Nwaneri to square things up.

However, Liverpool struck twice just after the 30-minute mark and they headed into halftime with their tails up.

The U18 PL Northside continued their domination into the second half, destroying one of the tournament’s favourites thanks to a Koumas hattrick and braces from Trent Kone-Doherty and Jayden Danns.

Swindon Town take down Manchester United

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Swindon Town completed one of the biggest upsets of the competition so far as they took care of business against U18 Premier League North table toppers Manchester United, winning 2-0.

United have won all 12 games so far in the league, but two first-half goals from Botan Ameen saw the Youth Alliance side book their spot in the fifth round.

Another tough challenge awaits them as they will take on another U18 PL side in Sunderland, as the Robins will hope to continue their fairytale run in the FA Youth Cup.

Manchester City dispatch current holders West Ham United

Following a regular time stalemate, two extra time goals from the young Citizens saw them knock the current holders out of the competition in round four.

A Jacob Wright penalty put City ahead in the 94th minute and ten minutes later, Justin Oboavwoduo netted his fourth goal of the season.

The Irons, who lifted the trophy back in April, will be disappointed to join their fellow finalists Arsenal as they both exit the competition at this stage. While City will prepare for a fifth-round tie with Reading.

Bournemouth upset Newcastle United

Newcastle, who sit fifth in the U18 PL North, were dismantled by the Youth Alliance’s Bournemouth as another top division team departed in round four.

It was a dream start for the Cherries as Ashley Clarke put his side ahead inside the first minute followed by goals from Jonny Stuttle and Jack Holman to give Bournemouth a 4-0 lead at halftime.

Stuttle fired in again five minutes after the interval to complete a hattrick that would send his team home with a 5-0 win and a spot in the next round, where they will face Tottenham Hotspur.

Fulham fire five past Swansea

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The clinical Fulham booked their ticket to round five following an emphatic 5-0 win over Swansea City, led by a Callum Osmand hattrick.

Osmand fired the Cottagers ahead after 12 minutes and added another to his tally on the stroke of half time to give them a two-goal advantage at the break.

On 66 minutes, the forward nodded in his third which was followed by goals from Jonathan Esenga and Lemar Gorden to set up an away tie against an excellent Liverpool side.

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