Spurs under 18’s versus Newcastle united: (match preview)
The under 18’s FA youth cup adventure continues this evening, when John McDermott’s side face Newcastle united at St James’ park in the quarter finals of England’s most prestigious youth competition. The under 18’s side have been a joy to watch this season and their FA youth cup run has seen them play some beautiful football, with wins over Stevenage, QPR and Norwich seeing them progress to this crucial stage of the competition. However, this evenings game will be one of the biggest games that this crop of players will have been involved in, if McDermott’s side can progress to the semifinals, then they will face Chelsea over two legs. In terms of quality the Lillywhites are the better side, if this were played at the training ground then I believe the lads would run out comfortable winners. But the big difference is that tonight’s match will be played at the 52,000 seater stadium St James’ park, and the iconic stadium could be a quite intimidating experience for the players, with a big crowd expected for this evenings game. Newcastle currently sit in ninth position in the northern section of the under 18 league, but their recent record in the FA Youth cup is one that has to be respected. The magpies have some talented players in their ranks, with striker Lewis Mcnall and Mackenzie Heaney both players to look out for this evening. It would be a fantastic achievement if the lads could win tonight, but regardless of the result this experience will provide a learning curve for McDermott’s side. COYS
One to watch: Newcastle united striker Lewis Mcnall.
You can listen to this evening match on live sports FM, the link is provided below.
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Whiteman, Eyoma, Dinzeyi, Tanganga, Tsaroulla, Marsh, Oakley-Boothe, Shashoua, Roles, Bennett’s, Sterling.
My score prediction: 2-1 to Spurs.