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Preston North End U18
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Bury U18
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Match Preview: Preston North End U18 vs Bury U18

6 February 2019

A place in the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup is at stake as Preston North End’s youth team welcome Bury to Deepdale for a 7pm kick-off on Friday night.

Youth Team

Lewis Earl Looking To Follow In Josh’s Footsteps

5 February 2019

The winner of the fifth round tie will host the successful side from another all North West clash – Liverpool or Wigan Athletic – in the last eight of the competition, with North End looking to reach that stage again after a sensational run led them there in the 2016/17 season.

This season, the Lilywhites have overcome Charlton Athletic on penalties in the third round and last month soared to victory against Norwich City, both higher category opponents, and while Bury hold the same Category Three status as PNE, Nick Harrison is preparing for another tight encounter.

“The fact is that we know that Bury are a good team and they have some very good players,” said the Academy manager. “I think the staff and certainly the players know it’s going to be a really tough game.

“We’ve drawn the three games we’ve played against them this season in 90 minutes, so I think that shows how tough the game is going to be.

“Hopefully we can go one step further this time; that’s our objective. We’ve got full belief in the players that they can do it but ultimately it will be down to them on the night.”

Bury, whose U18 side are coached by former PNE defender Ryan Kidd, entered the competition at the first round stage and have recorded victories over North Shields, Fleetwood Town, Stevenage FC and most recently Peterborough United to set up this tie with the Lilywhites.

Youth Team

Andy Fensome: “It Will Be Very Tough”

5 February 2019

The two league meetings between the sides have both ended all square and seen an injury time equaliser in favour of either team, the last of which came just under two weeks ago in a 2-2 draw at Carrington with the Shakers drawing level at the death on that occasion.

The Greater Manchester outfit progressed with a penalty shootout win following a 1-1 draw in the Youth Alliance Cup in December and so with such close encounters having already played out this term, Jack Baxter admits North End must be prepared for any eventuality once again in this meeting.

“You always have to prepare for that in any cup game,” said the 18-year-old. “You have to think about the possibility of not winning in 90 minutes and then if you don’t win in 120, you have to prepare for penalties and extra time as well just to make sure you get that preparation right and if it does come down to it, you’re ready for it and able to deal with it.

“The other two teams [Norwich and Charlton] were very good on the ball and kept it very well, but I feel against Bury it will be more of an open game but with more possession for us and that will allow us to pass it better, keep the ball and hopefully create more chances.”

You can read the full interviews with Nick and Jack in our free FA Youth Cup edition of The One And Only which will be available around Deepdale before kick-off on Friday night, with player profiles of those set to be involved also on offer.

All supporters are welcome to attend and season ticket holders of both PNE and Bury can gain free entry, with tickets otherwise priced at £4 for adults and £2 for concessions (over 65s and under 18s). Under 11s can also watch without charge when accompanied by an adult.

The Sir Tom Finney Stand will be open tonight, with entry through turnstiles 5-7. Season card holders of both clubs can gain entry by showing their current season card at the turnstiles. 

For those who can’t make it to Deepdale, iFolllow PNE will be providing live coverage of proceedings with commentary team Jonathan Breeze and Graeme Atkinson on air from 6.55pm.

We will also have live text commentary from Academy Twitter account @pnefcacademy and additional post-match reaction on PNE.Com.

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Match Reports

Preston North End U18 0 Bury U18 2

8 February 2019

Preston North End’s FA Youth Cup run ended with a 2-0 home defeat to Bury at Deepdale.

Second half goals from substitute Bright Amoateng and a second shortly after from Femi Sekiri gave former North End defender Ryan Kidd’s side a place in the last eight of the competition.
The Lilywhites’ Academy manager Nick Harrison had named an unchanged team from the one that thrashed Norwich City in the fourth round, with Ethan Walker having recovered from the knock that took him off early in the previous Deepdale tie.
And it was a bright start from the young Lilywhites. Five minutes in Walker picked up a clever ball from Jack Baxter, drove into the box and shot, but Sam Allardyce – grandson of his former North End defender namesake - did well to block and Louis Potts couldn’t get the rebound on target under pressure.
Potts was again involved shortly after holding up a long ball from Lewis Earl well and finding Walker, who pushed inside from the left before unleashing a low left-footed effort, but Bury keeper Mark Edwards-Williams got right behind it and holds on.
Kidd’s side’s first chance came just before the quarter hour mark as Seriki did well on the right-hand corner of the box for Bury, bursting into space and shooting across goal, but Lincoln McFayden got in a vital block to concede the game’s first corner.
Just before the half hour mark Jimmy Corcoran made an important save to deny Shakers skipper Jimmy Adams, but the follow up was passed back to him three yards out and he picked it up giving the visitors an indirect free kick six yards out, which Adams again took, but the PNE backline blocked superbly to keep the game goalless.
Just before the hour mark skipper Adam O’Reilly was hauled down 25 yards out, just to the right of the ‘D’. Walker lined up the free and curled it over the wall, but just over the left-hand corner of the bar as well.
But on 63 minutes the visitors went ahead. Substitute Amoateng had only been on the pitch four minutes when he collected the ball in the left corner of the box, drove inside and fired an arrowed ball right-footed into the bottom right hand corner.
And within two minutes they had doubled that lead. Amoateng this time turned provider, going down the right, to the byline, before cleverly pulling the ball back to the penalty spot to where Sekiri was well-placed to calmly stroke the ball into the empty bottom left corner of the goal.
Allardyce had a glorious chance to finish the game off, when the ball fell to him on the penalty spot unmarked, but the centre half shot tamely and Corcoran claimed low to his left.
Four minutes were added on, with O’Reilly and substitute Jolly both having efforts as the home side looked to mount a late comeback, but it was Bury who held on and booked a home quarter-final tie against Liverpool or Wigan Athletic.
PNE line-up: Corcoran, Simmons, Coulton, Baxter, Earl, McFayden, Dolan, O’Reilly (c), Potts (Brannigan, 77), Pollard (Jolly, 66), Walker. Subs not used: Ngongo, Cottam, McManus.
Bury line-up: Edwards-Williams, Hatton, Jones, Hulme, Allardyce, Shotton, Adams (c), Skinner, Brown (Amoateng, 59), Hill (Copping, 72), Seriki. Subs not used: Ondoa, Jones, Collins.
Attendance: 1,024
Referee: Mr A Bannister

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