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[28 APR 99] COVENTRY CITY FC NEWS
FA Cup Final For Coventry Youth Team

Coventry City’s kids have secured a place in the F.A. Youth Cup final despite a 2-1 reverse at Highfield Road last night.

The youth team took a four goal lead into the second leg after trouncing the Magpies at St. James Park last week, and their 5-2 aggregate win means they will now face West Ham in the final.

Although the City youngsters were disappointed with the defeat, youth academy director Richard Money believes they were in a very difficult situation.

He said:

"The boys came in as if they had lost the tie last night because they wanted to show the people of Coventry they can play, but it was a strange situation for them.

"They were winning 4-0 and they could touch what they had been trying to achieve all season, and yet they weren’t there. In many ways that can make you afraid of what might happen.

"It’s been a learning process and the way Newcastle played at Highfield Road showed just how well we did in the first leg. I was a bit concerned when it was 2-0 but fortunately we held strong.

"Hopefully this has put Coventry City on the map and will show people all over the nation and show people what a good side we are."

In the other semi-final West Ham also took a large lead into the second-leg of their clash with Everton after beating the Blues 3-0 at Upton Park last week.

Everton could only manage a 1-0 second-leg win leaving the hammers to face Coventry in the two-legged final, with the first game at Highfield Road on May 7th.

Money believes support similar to the fantastic turnout from last night will be a great help to City. He said:

"The lads will have another chance to impress the crowd when we play West Ham and we will need all the support we can get."
    

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