FA’s Under-18 Representative Squad will take on Staffordshire in the FA County Youth
Cup Final tomorrow afternoon (KO 2pm).
will meet Staffordshire U18’s in the final of the National competition which will
take place at The BET365 stadium, home of Stoke City FC. The U18’s booked their place in the FA County Youth Cup
Final with a 3-1 victory at the expense of Gloucestershire U18’s last month.
After receiving a bye in the first round, Norfolk’s cup run
began with a 2-1 home victory over Jersey back in November. In the third round
and quarter-finals Norfolk had to travel to Northumberland and the Isle of Man
respectively with the latter going to extra-time. Hard fought victories on the
road saw Norfolk rewarded with a home tie in the semi-final with the side once
again running out victors in extra-time.
squad travelled today (Friday) and have spent this afternoon training at Derby
County FC before they relax and prepare for tomorrow’s match with an overnight
hotel stay. Tomorrow there will be a coach of family, friends and Norfolk FA
staff travelling to Stoke to support the team and hopefully see the
representative squad lift the trophy.
final kicks off at 2pm and will be broadcasted live on BBC Radio Norfolk. Pre,
during and post-match coverage can also be found on the Norfolk FA Twitter feed
throughout the day.
Adam Gusterson, Representative
Squad Manager said: "It’s a great
opportunity for the lads to be involved in such a big game. They have done the
county proud by reaching the final and now it is very much a case of focusing on
the job in hand, which is to beat Staffordshire and bring the trophy back to
have shown all the qualities a side needs to win a cup competition on our run
so far and I think the boys can draw strength from the fact they have shown
physical and mental strength in abundance in our Quarter & Semi-Final
Extra-Time wins against Isle Of Man and Gloucestershire.
changes from our perspective in terms of our approach and I am safe in the
knowledge that we have a squad that has the mentality to handle big games and will
therefore put in a performance worthy of the occasion.
county of our size to win the FA County Youth Cup, a prestigious national
competition, would be incredible and the boys are just one game away from
achieving that feat."
FA would like to thank Portable Toilet Hire Specialists, Toilets+ for being the
Official Squad Sponsor of the U18’s for the FA County Youth Cup Final.
out more about the U18’s journey this season and the build-up to the final,
visit Norfolk FA’s Twitter profile, @NorfolkCountyFA or NorfolkFA.com.