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Match preview: FA Youth Cup Round Three

8 December 2023

Match Previews

Match preview: FA Youth Cup Round Three

8 December 2023

Wednesday U18s v Hemel Hempstead U18s
Saturday 9 December
12 noon
FA Youth Cup Round Three


The Owls host National League South side Hemel Hempstead in the third round of the FA Youth Cup at Hillsborough.

It will be Wednesday’s first involvement in the competition this season.

For our visitors, it’s been a long and rewarding road to this point.

The Tudors have reached the third round stage of the prestigious competition for the first time in their history.

Against the odds, they comfortably despatched League One Exeter 5-2 at the Focus Community Arena in round two.

Prior to that, Hemel Hempstead beat Takeley in round one after overcoming Wingate & Finchley, Southend and Brentwood Town in the qualifying stages.

Wednesday reached round five last season, going out at Cambridge following home wins over Burton, Derby Barnsley and Leicester.


Ahead of Saturday’s FA Youth Cup clash, Owls striker Devlan Moses says the boys are excited to step out at Hillsborough.

For many of the players, it will be a first taste of playing at the stadium.


Moses has experience at Hillsborough from last season in the Youth Cup as a first year scholar and from the bench with the Under-21s.

The Under-18s top scorer said: “We are all excited, obviously it is the youth cup and a competition we look forward to.

“Hopefully we get the result we want, it’s a competition that attracts fans and you play against opposition you wouldn’t normally come up against so yes, we’re really up for it.

“It’s important for the players to experience playing at Hillsborough because ultimately that is where we want to be.”

Moses’ form for the Owls this season earned the striker a call-up to the Northern Ireland Under-19 squad. He went on to score on his debut off the bench against Italy and told

“I feel I have started the season well but there is still more to come from me.

“I want more goals and one at Hillsborough this weekend would be nice. I came on a few times last year in the Youth Cup and with the 21s, but I’ve not made my mark at Hillsborough yet in terms of scoring. It would be nice to put that right on Saturday.

“It has been an honour to be recognised by my country and to score on my debut against Italy was an amazing moment for me and I want to make sure I am in the squad for the Euros in the summer.”


Entrance to the S6 cup-tie is free to Season Ticket holders, with match tickets priced £3 for adults and £1 concessions.

The Owls were due to face Sheffield United away on Saturday and this game has now been rearranged for Tuesday 7 May (2:00pm).

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