Middlesex Under-18s Training

Middlesex Prepare For FA County Youth Cup

by Jim Taylor
County's Under-18s take on Wiltshire in the second round of the competition on Saturday 3 November.

Middlesex FA held a second Under-18s trial match last Sunday, before selecting a squad of 16 players for the county's opening game in this season’s FA County Youth Cup, to be played on Saturday 3 November.

This is a home match in the second round, against Wiltshire FA.

Last weekend's trial match, held at Middlesex FA's new Rectory Park facility, was, like the one held a fortnight previously, very encouraging. The standard of play was high and some very good players showed their skills.

Photographs of the action, taken by Chris Benn, are available as usual, via the link at the foot of this article.

Manager John Fletcher has selected the following squad for Saturday’s game:

Eiza Azab (Hendon FC)
Femi Azeez (Wealdstone FC)
Liam Bakry (North Greenford United FC)
Ruben Carvalho (Wingate & Finchley FC)
Patrick Connolly (Hendon FC)
Efraim Difuamna-Hgungi (Hanwell Town FC)
Caolan Doyle (Northwood FC)
Miles Dumba (Wealdstone FC)
Jamie Fulton (Northwood FC)
Ricardo Matos (Wingate & Finchley FC)
Michael O’Neill (Hayes & Yeading United FC)
Jonti Purdon (Wingate & Finchley FC)
Radu Stefanoaica (Uxbridge FC)
Mason Tunbridge (Enfield Town FC)
Lewis White (Harefield United FC)
Sukru Yildiz (Potters Bar Town FC)

Coincidentally Middlesex played Wiltshire at home in the same round last season, at Uxbridge FC. Middlesex had, like this season, received a bye in the first round and entered the match as holders of the trophy, having defeated Cornwall in the previous season’s final.

Wiltshire proved to be very tough opponents and Middlesex had to recover from a goal down to win 4-2, courtesy of three goals in 10 second-half minutes. Unfortunately, Middlesex's progress ended in the next round, with a controversial 4-3 extra-time defeat on the Isle of Man.

The game on 3 November will be played at Harrow Borough FC, Earlsmead, Carlyon Avenue, South Harrow, HA2 8SS.   

Kick-off will be at 1.00pm. 

Everybody is invited to come along and support the county team!   ~

Middlesex have an imposing record in this national competition, having won it five times and appearing in a total of 11 finals.

Admission will be free and a match programme will be produced.