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Match Preview: Southampton U18 (H), FA Youth Cup Quarter-Final

1 March 2023

Preston North End U18s are back at Deepdale on Thursday evening to take on Southampton in the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup.

Supporters are welcome and encouraged to show their support for the young Lilywhites by attending the 7pm kick-off, and season card holders can gain entry free of charge simply by producing their season card on entry at the Sir Tom Finney turnstiles.

For non-season card holders, tickets will be priced at £5 for adults and £1 for concessions, and these can be bought at the turnstiles, with no tickets available to buy in advance.

Parking for supporters will be unreserved on the night on a first come, first served basis.

This will be the second time during the competition that North End will take to the Deepdale pitch, having started their campaign on home turf – enjoying a comfortable 6-1 victory over Rotherham United.

PNE had to come from behind in that one and that proved to be the case in the following two stages as well, in away ties against Gillingham and Luton Town respectively.

In the latter fixture especially, North End really showed their character, with goals from striking duo Felipe Rodriguez-Gentile and Finlay Cross-Adair turning the game around, before defender Kian Best sealed progression with a stunning strike.

Cross-Adair and Best are just two examples within the current crop who have grown up in the local area and therefore playing at Deepdale on Thursday will mean that bit more.

For the visitors, on paper they go into the tie as favourites, being a Category One Academy and playing their football in the U18 Premier League.

They have enjoyed some high-scoring matches so far on their route to the quarter-finals, firstly beating Coventry City by three goals to two away from home, before winning 4-1 at Aston Villa and then 3-2 at home to Fulham.

Arguably Southampton’s biggest threat, striker Dom Ballard is the man to keep an eye on in this tie, with the young forward having netted five goals in the competition so far.

That’s a total bettered only by PNE’s 16-year-old forward Rodriguez-Gentile who has made headlines with his performances in the competition, given his five-goal haul against Rotherham and his two further strikes since.

Both sides know exactly what is at stake for the winners – a trip to London to take on West Ham United – while the other semi-final will see either Manchester City or Oxford United face Arsenal away. 

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