FA Youth Cup 2nd Round
Tuesday 6th November 2001
The AXA sponsored FA Youth Cup
FA Youth Cup action at Adams Park The Wanderers Youth Team made it through to the Third Round of the FA Youth Cup with a 3-0 victory over Cirecenster Town at Adams Park. The reward is a trip to Sheffield United in Round Three but this wasn't the easy victory for The Wanderers Under 18 side that the scoreline may suggest.
Cirencester came to Adams Park with a healthy reputation and it was proved as they started the brighter side. Only poor finishing let the visitors down and it wasn't until the 9th minute that Wanderers broke out of their own half only to see Captain Jonny Dixon shoot weakly from the edge of the penalty area.
Ryan ParsonsThe effort settled the youngsters and on 15 minutes a corner from the right was not dealt with by the West Country side and Lewis Cook was only denied an opener when he saw his shot turned onto the post by Cirencester 'keeper Gavin Lewis. Two minutes later Wanderers got the breakthrough when Scottish prospect John-Paul Kelly threaded the ball out to the left wing where former Marlow wing-back Ryan Parsons was allowed to advance before delivering a cross-come-shot that saw the ball hit the inside of the far post before crossing the line.
Luke OliverPat Lynott could have added a second for Wycombe on 27 minutes when he forced the Town 'keeper to save at full stretch and push the ball around for a corner. However, Wanderers took a firm grip on proceedings ten minutes before the break when Kelly delivered a probing free-kick from the left wing following a foul on Dixon. Centre-half Luke Oliver then used his height to glance the ball home. Mark Philo pulled an effort wide just before the break as Wanderers took a two goal advantage into the break.
Half-time Wanderers 2 Cirencester 0
The visitors returned in determined fashion for the second-half, forcing five corners in the opening twenty minutes but again they failed to test Tom Gott in the Wycombe goal. Ben Fetch shot wide and Lee Stevens' effort ended in similar fashion as a result of a long ball through from midfield.
Lewis Cook and Billy Harding discuss the scorer of the final goalWanderers introduced striker Billy Harding for the final twenty-five minutes and it gave the team the added edge to see them through the tie. It could have 3-0 on 74 minutes but Jonny Dixon fired into the side netting after he had sprinted away down the right wing.
Meanwhile the visitors final threat on the Wycombe goal came in the 78th minute when Chris Bass volleyed wide following a quickly taken free-kick. Gott also commanded his area with two punches to clear any danger.
But it was Wycombe who finished the stronger side and two minutes into stoppage Lewis Cook's inswinging corner from the right found its way into the far corner of the net as Harding pressurised the visitors defence.
The team can now look forward to a a trip to Sheffield United in the Third Round where they will be aiming to reach the Fourth Round for only the second time in twelve years of competing in the FA Youth Cup cup. The tie has since been arranged for Monday 26th November at Bramall Lane.
Final Score Wanderers 3 Cirencester 0
Wycombe: Gott, Smillie, Parsons, Heggie, Oliver, Hole, Philo (sub 90 Reilly), Kelly (sub 65 Harding), Lynott, Dixon (sub 81 Fox), Cook
subs not used: Sudheimer, Warner
Yellow Cards: Oliver (foul 59)
Cirencester Town: Lewis, Gilewicz, Cant, Stevens, Cheeseman, Fowler, Sollis (sub HT Coxon), Banks, Fitch, Read, Bass
subs not used: Dussard, Mason, Hawkins, Thompson
Referee: Mr G R Russell Attendance: 305

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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