Citys youth players are hoping to take the first step to making club history in the
FA Youth Cup semi-final against Southampton tonight.
If they can take a good lead at Highfield Road, it will set them well on the way to
their second FA Youth Cup final in successive seasons a feat never before achieved
by a Coventry team.
They lost the final last season to West Ham Uniteds phenomenal youth team which
contained the brilliant Joe Cole, who is now earning rave notices in the London
clubs first team.
But this time the City team is older and wiser. Most of the players who played in last
seasons final are still young enough to play in this seasons competition and
the experience of going all the way last year has helped them.
In the meantime several of the side have progressed to the fringes of the first team
and have gained experience playing regularly at reserve team level.
Richard Money, Director of Coventrys Soccer Academy says:
"Robert Betts, Craig Pead, Gary McSheffrey and Lee Fowler have been in the first
team squad while Tom Cudworth and Daniel Hall have been reserve team regulars.
"All have acquitted themselves well and we have some decent young players who
hopefully will gel to give a good performance against Southampton."
Coventry clearly will not underestimate their opponents.
"Any team which reaches the semi-final stage has to be respected, but over the
last 18 months I think we have proved to be one of the best youth sides in the
country," said Money.
"It would be nice to get a lead in the first leg, but it will not be the end of
the world if we dont, because we have actually played better away from home this
The winners over two legs will play either Arsenal or Middlesbrough. The young Gunners
take a 1-0 lead to Middlesbrough in the second leg of their semi-final.