Edwards eyes FA Youth Cup success for Leyton Orient
PUBLISHED: 11:02 04 November 2014 | UPDATED: 11:02 04 November 2014
FA Youth Cup first round preview: Leyton Orient v Colchester United.
Leyton Orient Academy Director Andy Edwards feels his under-18 side go into tonight’s FA Youth Cup first round tie with Colchester United full of confidence.
The young O’s had been on nine games winless run in the Football League Youth Alliance, but picked up a 3-2 win over Northampton Town at the weekend courtesy of goals from Jack Humphrey, Freddy Moncur and Victor Adeboyejo.
However, in that run many of Edwards’ youngsters have taken their place on the bench for the first team.
And while results hadn’t been coming, the former Southend and Peterborough defender was pleased the likes of Adeboyejo, Sam Ling, Montel Agyemang and Scott Kashket had the first-team experience.
“It’s nice to go into the game on the back of the win against Northampton,” said Edwards.
“It’s been difficult results wise with so many of the players being in the first team, but that has been a good experience for them.
“They have got to see how the players train and to just be around all the senior boys on a matchday and learn how they deal with certain situations. It is all part of the learning curve.
“They have sat on the bench at some big stadiums and it’s all part and parcel of their journey to becoming a professional and any experience will be beneficial to their development.”
They come up against a Colchester side which won their division last season, while the Essex side are also a category two club, meaning they received greater funding and investment.
However, Edwards backs his side to do well with the players getting the chance to impress on the Brisbane Road pitch.
“It’s always a competition we look forward and it is a chance for the youngsters to showcase themselves in front of the first team manager and hopefully a good turnout of supporters as well as the chance to play at Brisbane Road,” he added.
“They won our league last year and they are now a category two side which gives them a vastly superior level of investment year upon year and they can have a more widespread search for players.
“We know it will be a tough test but there is no reason why we cannot win because we are full of confidence and ready to give a good showing.
Kick-off tonight is 7pm at Brisbane Road, with tickets priced at £5 for adults and £3 for concessions.