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Manchester City stars Justin Oboavwoduo and Jaden Heskey react to FA Youth Cup triumph

After what has been a difficult season for Manchester City’s elite development squad, the under 18s defeated Leeds United to be crowned FA Youth Cup champions in emphatic fashion.

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The first half involved little action but following some words of encouragement from City head coach Ben Wilkinson, they came out firing on all cylinders, ultimately winning by four goals to nil.

Just two minutes into the second half Justin Oboavwoduo fired home his own rebound to give the hosts the lead in front of a sizeable crowd at the Etihad.

The 17-year-old was key to the young Cityzen’s success and was hugely impactful in the second half, he detailed his delight to the media post-match.

“Obviously the FA Youth Cup is a competition we all want to win and put our names down in the history books.

“We’ve seen many great players win the youth cup and have great careers in the game. I think being able write our names in history and being able to win the competition is a great feeling.

“They (coaching staff) said we played well (in the first half) but we could raise the tempo a bit more, keep them moving, tire them out, create more gaps… I think we did that very well.

“It’s been a tough season for the EDS, obviously missing out on the under 18s league this year but we’ve been able to finish it on a high with the FA Youth Cup.”

Justin Oboavwoduo

Jaden Heskey doubled their lead just before the hour mark, converting a trademark Manchester City goal following some excellent build up play.

You could see the tension lift from the City players as the goals kept coming, Stephen Mfuni nodded home the third before substitute and U18s star man Matty Warhurst fired in the fourth.

The players were shown footage of the club’s three previous triumphs in the FAYC prior to the final and it’s safe to say the attempt to motivate the City youngsters worked a treat.

Post-match, Heskey reflected on his team’s historic feat, his season with the U18s and U21s, his excellent goal as well as the City principles.

“That was good motivation before the game, I came out of that meeting proper pumped for it… 

“The feeling of scoring was amazing, in front of the City fans as well you could probably see in my celebration with the knee slide.

“Farid (Alfa-Ruprecht) has got the pace down that wing; I know all the time when he gets in, I need to make sure I get the run into the middle of the goal.

“Throughout the season with Ben (Wilkinson), the City principles we get taught, how to try and get them out in a game it worked perfectly in the end.

“It’s been a positive one for me this season, going up to the 21s in the EFL Cup and the Youth League then with the 18s we didn’t get it over the line in the league but to win here tops off a good season anyway.

“It will give me a good boost to go into next season to try and top it.”

Jaden Heskey

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