FA Youth Cup 5th Round
Wednesday 6th February 2002
The AXA sponsored FA Youth Cup
Wanderers Youth Team finally said goodbye to the FA Youth Cup for another season after they were cruelly beaten in a penalty shoot-out at Oakwell. The game finished 0-0 after 90 minutes and 30 minutes of extra-time and where the gods looked down on them in the previous round against Norwich City, this time it was Barnsley's youngsters turn to celebrate as they triumphed 5-4 in the spot-kick shoot-out.
However, the Wycombe lads can hold their heads high after a brave performance against their so called academy betters. They were never outclassed in a game of few chances for either side and if Jonny Dixon's 88th minute header had not been cleared off the line it would have been a famous victory for The Wanderers.
Wanderers youngsters at Barnsley
There were a few tears at end as the lads realised they had missed out on a trip to Old Trafford in the Quarter-Finals but this performance was one that deserves to get a few heads turning at Adams Park. There was not one player you could fault for effort in this game and some of the passing skills simply embarassed the home side.
Michael Forsyth Speaking after the game Youth Team boss Michael Forsyth commented ""I'm so proud of the guys. They battled for the second time with extra time and penalties and showed tremendous courage. They did themselves proud and the club proud." The ex Derby and Wycombe player continued his praise for his side when speaking to the Official Wycombe Wanderers website "You have to give full credit to the lads tonight. They battled hard and were never out-classed, especially when you consider Barnsley are an academy club. It was a magnificent performance all round, especially from Pat Lynott and Matty Warner. We did well to hold out for penalties, although I felt we were perhaps a little unlucky not to see Jonny’s shot cross the line. I said to them afterwards that a penalty shoot-out is the luck of the draw. There’s a lot of pressure on them at that stage and somebody is always likely to miss one. Even world-class players miss penalties." Click here for full match report and more pictures

Wanderers Youth Team programme 2000/2001
The Wanderers Youth Team play their home League games at Molins Sports Ground in Princes Risborough.
Click here for location map of Molins Sports Ground
Admission is FREE and a programme is produced for all Under 19 fixtures.
The programme won the Wirral Programme Club Youth Team Programme of the Season for 1999/2000.


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