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Lessons learned for young Owls

9 February 2023

Club News

Lessons learned for young Owls

9 February 2023

The Owls Under-18s saw their FA Youth Cup run come to an end on Wednesday night at Cambridge.

The academy boys have enjoyed a terrific cup campaign but bow out at the fifth round after losing 2-1 against the U’s at Abbey Stadium.

Glenn McConnell handed the hosts an early lead before Joey Phuthi scored a terrific first half leveller.

But there was late heartache for Wednesday as Brandon Njoku struck with three minutes left on the clock.

Under-18 boss Andy Holdsworth was disappointed with the level of performance from his side, who have shone in the previous rounds.

On the game, he said: “We’ve come here in good form and on a good run in the FA Youth Cup.

“While you can carry one or two players within a team environment, if you’re carrying lots of players in the same game then it’s going to be a difficult night.

“We could sense after a few minutes that we had a lot of players not quite at it but full credit to Cambridge and their team.

“The FA Youth Cup and the results we’ve had this season is something they lads will remember for the rest of their lives.

“They’re obviously very disappointed they got beat, but at the end of the day you’ve got to turn up for nights like this. They’ll realise that they’ve not done enough tonight.”

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Wednesday shot-stopper Jack Hall said it was a quiet changing room after the 2-1 reverse but says the boys will aim to regroup and finish the league campaign in good fashion.

“Sometimes in the game it was difficult to put the passes together,” he explained. “It’s a quiet changing room in there and everyone is down.

“It’s not a nice feeling but we want to do well in the league now and try and finish as high as we can.

“It’s been a good experience for the boys and we’ve learned lessons.

“The manager said we didn’t perform as well as we could, but we know that, and that the important thing is to put it behind us and bounce back. It will take a bit of time because we’re really disappointed.

“But we need to finish off the season right because there is only 10 weeks or so left and we have to battle all the way to the end.”


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