Brighton & Hove Albion under-18s joint coach Mikey Harris hailed an incredible overall team performance from his side, as the Seagulls secured a superb 3-1 victory away at Manchester United in the FA Youth Cup.
A Peter Gwargis penalty and a goal each from Ryan Longman and Haydon Roberts secured a memorable win, and Harris felt his players seized their opportunities on the night.
He said, “It was nerve-wracking at times, but to come in at half 2-0 up against Man United is probably not a position we envisaged ourselves being in if we’re being honest. But we did feel like we could hurt them on the counter-attack, and that’s what we did.
“The boys took their chances, which is something we’ve done on and off this season, but not consistently.
“Tonight they did, and were resolute defensively as a group against a very strong and
talented team. They kept their shape, stuck to the gameplan manfully and got their rewards.
“I thought they were absolutely fantastic. They put in a lot of hard work since we knew the draw, not just the players, but all the staff too, as we’ve got a fantastic team of staff that put a lot of work in day in day out.
“It’s all about these moments and the Youth Cup is the pinnacle of the season, so to have this sort of result is a fantastic thing for everyone at the football club.”
Despite United creating a number of opportunities, Harris feels his side also proved themselves at the attacking end of the pitch and reiterated that this result will be forever remember by the players.
“It certainly wasn’t a game where we had our backs to the wall and we didn’t have our chances. Danny [Cashman] had a couple of great opportunities and Pete [Gwargis] as well.
“There were opportunities to make it more comfortable, but certainly at 3-0 up, we never felt comfortable because you know the quality they’ve got in their team.
“It’s a fantastic night and this result is something the lads will always remember. They’ve given themselves a memorable night.”