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FA Youth Cup: Fifth Round Talking Points

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We’re down to just eight teams in the 2023/24 FA Youth Cup as we take a look back at what round five had to offer!

Swindon Town continue fairytale run

Following a blistering start to the game, Swindon took down U18 Premier League side Sunderland as they continue a dream run in the cup.

Town picked up where they left off in the previous round, where they defeated Manchester United, as they took the lead in under a minute thanks to George Alston’s strike.

Just five minutes later, Botan Ameen netted Swindon’s second soon after setting up the first in a perfect start for the visitors.

Despite Trey Samuel-Ogunsuyi’s goal after half an hour, the Youth Alliance side triumphed 2-1, booking a spot in the quarter-finals where they will face U18 Professional Development League table toppers Bristol City.

Tottenham dominant in eight-goal thriller

Spurs, who have now scored 14 goals in three FA Youth Cup games, continued their impressive form with a 6-2 dismantling of AFC Bournemouth.

Callum Olusesi opened the scoring inside two minutes, Mikey Moore netted a brace and Oliver Irow also notched as Tottenham headed into half time four goals up.

In the 56th minute, the Cherries found a goal of their own, but Oyindamola Ajayi responded less than a minute later to reinstate their four-goal advantage.

Irow fired in his second of the game in the 87th minute with Bournemouth picking up another consolation through Jonny Day a few moments later.

Spurs will take on the toughest challenge possible in Manchester City in the final eight of the FA Youth Cup.

Leeds triumph in penalty drama at Bramall Lane

Sheffield United took their U18 PL opponents all the way to a penalty shootout but goalkeeping heroics saw them exit the competition in the fifth round.

Rory Mahady made two outstanding saves in the shootout, allowing the Whites to win 5-4 in a competitive affair.

Marley Wilson gave the visitors the lead on the hour mark, but the Blades responded 14 minutes later through Billy Blacker.

The two sides couldn’t be separated in an extra 30 minutes of football and Leeds’ penalty victory sets up an intriguing tie against Liverpool in the quarter-finals.

Manchester City eliminate spirited Reading

A dominant first 45 was enough for Man City to knock Reading out of the cup following a second half fightback.

City flew out of the blocks and established a two-goal lead inside 20 minutes thanks to efforts from Jaden Heskey and Emilio Lawrence.

The hosts remained on top in the first half and held their lead at the interval before Kiyan Coke-Miles-Smith pulled one back for Reading, giving City plenty to think about with 20 minutes to go.

However, Ben Wilkinson’s side held on to book their spot in the final eight, where they will face a dangerous Tottenham Hotspur.

The FA Youth Cup QF fixtures are as follows:
Millwall vs Chelsea – Wednesday 21st February

Leeds United vs Liverpool – Saturday 9th March

Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur – Saturday 9th March

Bristol City vs Swindon Town – TBC

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