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11 January 2018 Venue Lamex Stadium Attendance

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Stevenage U18
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Middlesbrough U18
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Big Match Preview: Stevenage U18s v Middlesbrough U18s

11 January 2018

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Everything you need to know ahead of tonight's FA Youth Cup clash...

  • Key Matchday Info...

Tickets are only £5 adults, £2 concessions (Over 60, Under 16) and available from the club shop or West Stand turnstiles on the night of the game.

Please note, only turnstiles 1-4 will be open (North side) and turnstile 21 (South side) will be CLOSED.

Wheelchair disabled supporters will be able to use the North Stand disabled bay.

Middlesbrough fans will also be seated in the West Stand.

The Club Shop is open right through until kick-off, all ticketing purchases can be made here.

Tea Bars will be OPEN and selling hot food and drink from inside the West Stand.

The Broadhall Suite will NOT be open for this evening's fixture.

Free parking is available across the A602 in Fairlands Valley car park. Please note not to park in the nearby retail parks.

There is NO shuttle bus service running tonight;

Any questions or queries? Please let us know and don't hesitate to ask.

  • Onto the game…

Following wins at Luton (1-2), Bromley (1-4) and Fleetwood (1-5), Stevenage's U18s are now ready to face their biggest game of the season so far.

Youth football has never been in a better place at Stevenage, with Academy graduates and scholars in the First Team and the U18s in the Fourth Round of the FA Youth Cup for the first time since 2012/2013.

The boys are coming into the game off a couple of defeats in the league, however, the team are going well overall, with 26 points from 18 games.

Middlesbrough compete in the Premier League U18s North, against the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool who are all currently atop the pile.

As such, the Teesiders are on 11 points from 11 games and Middlesbrough have a rich history of bringing through youngsters and enjoying success in the FA Youth Cup.

Back in 2004 they won the competition with the likes of Lee Cattermole, David Wheater and James Morrison all in the team.

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  • View from both camps...

U18s Head Coach, Jorden Gibson:

"It is the FA Youth Cup, everyone loves the competition. However, we have done what we have done every single round before and tried to prepare as if it was a league fixture and three points are up for grabs.

"There is a bit of added spice as it is an opposition that is coming down from a different league that we haven't faced before and from a different category so it should be an exciting tie.

"There has been quite a lot of interest so hopefully we will have a decent crowd there.

"The main thing I ask them to do is to just be themselves. We as a staff don't want them doing anything different and if they can do that, we will be pleased and proud regardless."

Middlesbrough U18s Head Coach, Mark Tinkler:

"We've had them watched and we know they are a very decent side."

"There's no doubt this will be a good test for the lads, Stevenage are very handy."

"No side should ever be underestimated, we know what Stevenage are capable of and there's no doubt we're going to have to be at our best.

"Whatever happens, this will be a great part of the education of young players taking their first steps in the game."

Click here to read/watch the full interview.

  • Can’t make it to The Lamex?

Stay locked into our Twitter feed tonight - we will have full minute-by-minute updates and all the best photos, reaction and reports from the game.


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Match Reports

REPORT: Stevenage U18s 1-2 Middlesbrough U18s

11 January 2018

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A good showing despite defeat...

Stevenage U18s fell just short in their quest for an FA Youth Cup Fifth Round spot on Thursday night as Middlesbrough came out trumps with a 2-1 win at the Lamex.

The away side went up by two goals early but Stevenage recovered from a shaky start to strike before the half, leaving a grandstand finish.

Considering Middlesbrough’s place in the U18s Premier League, it was certainly no disgrace from the young Boro boys as they pushed the visitors all the way.

The big team news ahead of kick-off was the fact that Ben Wilmot was not involved due to commitments with the First Team. U16 Luis Fernandez started alongside O’Keefe in his place whilst six goal Andronicos Georgiou started up top alongside Harry Draper.

Georgiou had a golden chance to put his side ahead after just 30 seconds – bursting through the Middlesbrough defence before forcing a fine stop from Hemming with his right leg.

Such was the class of the opposition, Stevenage were immediately punished. A looping volley from Wearne right into the top corner leaving Harness no chance in goal.

The proceeding 15 minutes saw neither side create any chance of note until recently signed, Dylan O’Donnell thrust his way into the box before shooting just wide from a narrow angle.

It had been a strong response from Stevenage after such an early set-back but once again, Middlesbrough would prove clinical.

Having failed to clear the ball as the visitors pressed for a second, the ball fell to Wearne inside a crowded area who lashed in with a vicious first time finish. Two goals to Middlesbrough and two goals for Wearne.

The lively Gouldbourne was a threat all night and almost immediately helped create the chance to half the deficit. Beating his man out wide, the winger fired in a low cross into the six yard box where Leslie was just half a second away from making contact to pull Boro back.

With nearly 30 minutes on the clock, Stevenage finally got their just rewards. Dylan O’Donnell with a clever ball through and Georgiou latching onto it before stroking home – game on at 1-2.

The remainder of the half was played out to little fanfare but Gibson’s guys would enter the dressing room with a much needed confidence boost having fought their way back into the game.

It was all Stevenage to start the second half and just a minute in, Hemming was back in the thick of it as he palmed away Leslie’s well hit effort. The winger released into the final third before striking firm from just inside the area.

The red and whites continued to press and won a number of dangerous free-kicks inside the opening 15 minutes of the half. Georgiou close to finding the bottom corner with one, whilst later on, his cross into the area flew across the face of goal with a number of unkind deflections seeing the ball go out for a corner.

Luis Fernandez was in the right place at the right time with 20 minutes to go as he threw his body in the way to deny a Middlesbrough effort from point-blank range. It was a chance that opened up more by fluke, a deflected clearance spinning its way across the face of goal.

With 15 minutes to go, Stevenage made their first change as Drillon Krasniqi made for fellow striker, Harry Payne. Both sides were appearing to tire as the game drew to a close so the manager would have been hoping for some extra bite and energy up top.

Gouldbourne - who still had plenty of energy - was having a fantastic game down the right hand side and once again beat his man before drilling a low ball across the area. Trapped by a Middlesbrough defender on the line - not enough Stevenage players throwing themselves towards goal.

Fernandez and Sackey-Mensah made way for Field and Smyth with 10 minutes to go as the best Middlesbrough would throw at them during the second half was a couple of wayward shots from the edge of the box and a comfortable header for Harness to collect.

Despite that, Stevenage couldn’t make their good play count as they chased an equaliser. O'Donnell was sent off in the closing stages after two yellow cards in quick succession and Middlesbrough held out for the win, knocking Boro’s boys out at the Fourth Round stage.

Team: Harness, Sackey-Mensah (80' Smyth), Luis Fernandez (80' Field), O'Keefe, Omar, Taylor, Gouldbourne, O'Donnell (90' sent off), Draper (76' Krasniqi), Georgiou, Leslie

Unused subs: Payne, Cockerton


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Ticket News

FA Youth Cup action at the Lamex on Thursday

7 January 2018

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Support the youngsters here at home...

Stevenage U18s will face Middlesbrough U18s in the FA Youth Cup Fourth Round at the Lamex Stadium on Thursday 11th January, 7pm kick-off.

Ticket prices are set at £5 adults, £2 concessions (over 60s/under 60s) and are available in-advance or on the night.

After thumping wins away at Luton (2-1), Bromley (4-1) and Fleetwood (5-1) to reach the Fourth Round, let's get behind the boys after their terrific trails in the competition so far.

Only the West Stand will be open for this fixture and tickets are available from the club shop, over the phone on 01438 223223 or at

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