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Saturday 27 September K.O. 12:45



Goodison Park | 14th January 2014 19:00

Everton U18s v Birmingham U18s

Midfielder Ryan Ledson is hoping to move one step closer to realising his FA Youth Cup dream at Goodison Park tonight. 

The youngster is expected to be part of the side that takes on Birmingham City in round four. 

Everton haven't reached the final of the tournament since 2001 and last lifted the trophy with a side boasting Leon Osman and Tony Hibbert in 1998. 

That's a record Ledson is keen to address - but the the teenager insists he won't be underestimating the immediate task at hand.

“The FA Youth Cup is a big competition that we look to win every year, and we want to press on," he told FATV. “We already know that if we can win tonight then we have Millwall or Sheffield Wednesday away in the next round and we want to get a run going.
“It would be a massive achievement if we could get to the final and, fingers crossed, we can go and win the cup for the Club. 

"But, first, we have got to overcome a tough Birmingham team who are a good team going forward. They have two wide players that we have to watch and their number 10 is quite tricky, small and fast, so we are going to have to try to get tight and stop them.
“But we’ve got a good team here, with Jonjoe Kenny and a few other internationals, so we believe that we can do well.”
Tonight's match kicks off at 7pm and supporters can gain entry to the stadium via the Upper Bullens Stand (Adults £3, Concessions £1). 

Kevin Sheedy's side overcame Brighton and Hove Albion on home soil in the previous round last month and Ledson says the history of the venue always serves as an added motivation.
He added: “I’ve played three times at Goodison and it is great. I go there for all the first-team home games, so whenever we get to play there it is unbelievable.
“With it being a night match it’s going to be under the lights, which always makes it that bit more special too.”


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