FA Youth Cup 3rd Round
Monday 26th November 2001
The AXA sponsored FA Youth Cup
Gary Goodchild celebrates with Jack Smillie at the final whistle at Bramall Lane The Wanderers Youth Team moved into the Fourth Round of the FA Youth Cup with a highly impressive 3-1 victory over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. Youth Team boss Gary Goodchild, in charge of his final FA Youth Cup game for the Wanderers before returning to Norway, saw his lads dominate the game but it wasn't until the second-half that Wycombe finally broke the deadlock. Three goals in fifteen minutes saw Wycombe stamp their authority on the game and although the home side scored a late goal, it was The Wanderers who were worthy winners and who now await the Fourth Round draw in early December.
Wanderers take to the pitch at Bramall LaneWanderers were fired up from the off as the home side froze on the big stage of Bramall Lane. On 6 minutes Billy Harding's glancing header from Ryan Parsons' pull back from the from the right forced Ben Scott in the United to save. Then on 12 minutes a Lewis Cook free-kick from the left was met by the head of 6'5" central defender Luke Oliver but Scott dived across the face of his goal to push the ball away for a corner.
The only worrying factor was that Wanderers failed to turn their possession into goals and Oliver had to chase back to cut Anthony Tansley on 18 minutes as the United player was about to pull the trigger. Then as the play evened out United dangerman Jonathan Forte volleyed over on 39 minutes before Cook fired just wide for The Wanderers on the stroke of half-time.
Half-time 0-0
Action from Bramall LaneIt was The Blades who started the second-half the brighter side but a minute after Gary Goodchild had thrown on the fresh legs of Matt Warner, Wanderers got their breakthrough. And it was the determination and skill of Jonny Dixon who got the crucial goal, first keeping the ball in play down the left wing before dragging the ball inside the defender and then beating the 'keeper with a well placed effort into the far corner.
Lewis Cook is mobbed after scoring his second and Wanderers third goalThe home side briefly threatened to equalise on 67 minutes when Danny Sloane's header at the far post was pushed away from under his own cross-bar by Wanderers' 'keeper Tom Gott. But a minute later Wanderers tightened their grip on the game when Lewis Cook caught The Blades defence in possession and punished the home side with a clinical finish from just inside the penalty area. Four minutes later Wanderers effectively wrapped the game up when Cook followed up Mark Philo's shot from the right to finish in style again. The home side were given a brief glimmer of hope when Ian Ross was allowed to crash home a 30 yard drive that came down off the cross bar and over the line. Andy Rielly, Stuart Hole, Jonny Dixon and Luke Oliver - good job well doneHowever, despite the home side introducing former Wanderers Youth Teamer, Daniel Platel, in the closing stages, it was The Wanderers players, staff and fans who could celebrate at the final whistle knowing this was a job well done and quite possibly the most complete performance during Gary Goodchild's four year spell at Wycombe.
The draw for the Fourth Round is understood to be on Thursday 6th December, with the tie needing to be completed before 20th January.
Final Score Sheffield United 1 Wanderers Youth 3
Wycombe: Gott, Smillie, Parsons, Oliver, Hole, Philo, Kelly (sub 90 Sudheimer), Lynott, Dixon, Cook (sub 94 Rielly), Harding (sub 56 Warner)
subs not used: Heggie, Fox
Yellow Cards: Lynott (foul 86)
Sheffield United: Scott, Purkiss, Roma, Tanlsey, Glarvey, Ross, Quinn (sub Platel 67), Wood, Sloane, Hurst, Forte (sub Mitchell 63)
subs not used: Jones, Lindley, Hurrell
Yellow Card: Tanlsey (foul 86)
Referee: Mr R J Booth Attendance: 228 (50 Wycombe approx)

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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