Stevenage youths beat rivals Luton in FA Youth Cup first round

PUBLISHED: 14:21 03 November 2017

Stevenage beat Luton Town 2-1 in the FA Youth Cup on Wednesday. Credit: The FA

Stevenage beat Luton Town 2-1 in the FA Youth Cup on Wednesday. Credit: The FA

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A determined second-half performance from Stevenage U18s sees them through to FA Youth Cup second round after 2-1 win over rivals Luton at Kenilworth Road.

Goals from Ben Wilmot and Andronicos Georgiou capped a complete performance on Wednesday night which saw them knock out rivals Luton in front of Darren Sarll and captain Ronnie Henry.

Boro had the upper hand in the first half with Wilmot converting from close range after six minutes following a corner as Boro went in 1-0 up at half-time.

Boro stepped up the pace in the second half and dominated, adding their second through Georgiou with a sweet left foot strike from outside the box into the bottom corner.

Luton were unable to make much of an impression in the second half only grabbing a consolation in added time to make the few remaining seconds nervy for Boro.

Speaking afterwards to Stevenage FC delighted head coach Jorden Gibson said: “I’m really pleased. Coming to Kenilworth and beating Luton is always nice. “We were disciplined, resilient and it was a Stevenage-like performance; We didn’t give up. It’s a difficult place to come and we put a shift in tonight. We deserved it in the end and it showed our togetherness as a team.”

“We knew it would be tough, they have some talented players but our lads were terrific.

“The way we defended was very pleasing but we had style and freedom going forward. Nathan (Harness) had to pull off some very good saves so he deserves a lot of credit, as do Luton for the chances they created.”

Forward Georgiou added: “The FA Youth Cup is what we look forward to most and to get through in a derby game feels great.”

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