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31 October 2012

A marvellous hat trick from youngster Fejiri Okenabirhie was enough to see off Luton Town and book a place in the FA Youth Cup Second Round for Stevenage.

One goal in the first half and two in the second condemned the away side to defeat and Head of Youth Darren Sarll will be pleased with his side’s performance, which displayed some tremendous attacking and defensive work from the team.

The youth side celebrate Fejiri's hat trick.

In an even opening ten minutes both sides created a clear cut chance but failed to break the deadlock. For the away side, Jemal McKenzie-Lowe found himself one-on-one with Charlie Horlock. The Town man appeared to handle the ball in the build-up but play continued, he was bearing down on the Boro ‘keeper, who has often trained with the first team since his move from Wycombe Wanderers in the summer, made himself big and saved his effort well. Boro broke and Joseph N’Guessan managed to wrong foot his marker but his low ball across the six yard box was dealt with.

It remained a close affair as the first half began to fly by, but on 25 minutes it was the ball which flew by – and nestled nicely into the bottom corner. Okenabirhie picked the ball up in the centre of the field, latching onto a through ball nicely, before firing a low effort beyond the arms of opposition ‘keeper Ben Barnes.

By the break Boro’s lead was still intact, both sides had again created positive moments without making a breakthrough but after the break the Hatters were on top. Twice Jordan Davis broke through on the wing only to see his effort hit the post and the third time it brushed just wide. With Town sniffing an equaliser they left themselves exposed at the back.

It took an awesome through ball, coupled with a run to match from Okenabirhie, and the midfielder got his second of the evening with a low finish under the goalkeeper and into the back of the net.

Time was running out when Okenabirhie put the icing on a delightful display; he brought a cross to the back post down with his chest before half-volleying the ball into the bottom corner, prompting large celebrations with his team mates.

With MK Dons victory over Hereford United, Boro will now be up against the Buckinghamshire based side for a place in the Third Round. They made it to that stage last season where a home tie against Tottenham Hotspur produced a fine display and a slim defeat. The game is due to be played at Stadium:MK in November and full details will be announced shortly.

Stevenage (4-4-2): Horlock; Carey-Morrell, Joseph (Ekpiteta 48), Allen, Dhillon; Okenabirhie, Towner, Gordon, McCall; Dujon, N’Guessan (Hartley 68)
Unused Subs: Porcelli, Josephs, Edwards

Att: 478

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