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REACTION & GOAL FROM UNDER-18s' YOUTH CUP WIN

28 January 2016

See the stunner that sent the Town through

Town youth boss Paul Driver said Wednesday’s FA Youth Cup triumph over Oldham epitomised the resolution in his squad this season.

The Hatters youngsters booked a last 16 tie at Preston thanks to Cameron McJannet’s stunning first-half goal.

And the Town held on to keep a 17th clean sheet and set-up a trip to Deepdale and with a shot at reaching the quarter-finals.

“It was a typical performance from us,” said Driver. “We got the goal, defended well, could have scored a few more and restricted Oldham at the other end.

“On a boggy pitch it wasn’t really a night for passing football but we still tried. That’s not to say we were hoofing the ball upfield, right the way through the team we made the right decisions and played in the right areas.

“I was worried with the state of the pitch. Oldham did a terrific job of getting the game on but I had last season’s defeat at Oxford City in the back of mind. It was a heavy pitch and the conditions weren’t ideal but we found a way.

“It showed that we could do the nasty stuff. It was a battle and I don’t think I could ask any more from the lads. 

“It was a tough ask but again the boys have come through with another win and another clean sheet.”

Driver also paid tribute to those off-the-field who contributed to the Town’s most recent success.

“The assistance from SoLYD, who helped fund the trip, was fantastic,” he said. “The preparation was a little bit different to what they are used to. It was a new experience for the boys.

“We also had a number of fans at Boundary Park and I’d like to thank them for their support on a horrible night to watch football.

“However, I would particularly like to thank everyone at Oldham. They bent over backwards to get the game on and whoever we spoke to were friendly and hugely complementary.

“They were very decent people. I can’t emphasise enough how accommodating they were and I’d like to wish them all the very best.”

A date for the fifth round tie at Preston will be announced in due course.


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