Brighton & Hove Albion under-18s midfielder Ryan Longman couldn’t hide his jubilation after tonight’s 3-1 victory over Manchester United in the FA Youth Cup.
Longman scored the side’s second on a night where the Seagulls more than deserved victory against the ten-time winners of the competition at Leigh Sports Village, and he expressed his elation after the contest.
He said, “It’s an absolutely brilliant feeling, it’s really hard to put into words.
“We’ve beaten one of the best teams in the world tonight away from home and it’s something I’ll never forget.
“We took all of the instructions before the game on board and executed the game plan perfectly – from the first minute to the last everyone produced, and we ended up winning comfortably.”
The wide man cut inside and rifled a spectacular right-footed shot into the far top corner to double Albion’s lead following Peter Gwargis’ opener from the penalty spot, before Haydon Roberts added a third after the restart.
“Personally, I’m also delighted with my goal because I caught it really well, I’ve scored a few in training but nothing compares to that feeling out on the field this evening.”
“At half time Mark [Beard] and Mikey [Harris] told us to keep focused and keep working hard.
“We were delighted to be ahead, but we knew that we had to concentrate and stick to what we did in the first half.”
The Albion youngsters have set up a fifth-round tie away to Everton as a result, and Longman emphasised the importance of taking the tournament game-by-game after a fantastic evening.
“This is one of the best moments of my career so far, and now we’ve got another big draw away to Everton to come in the next round.
“It’s a really proud moment for me in such a historic competition, the team we beat tonight knocked out last year’s holders [Chelsea] and so this proves we can beat anyone when we play to our best.
“You never know what can happen, what we have to do is focus on the next round, take this confidence into the league form and keep pushing as hard as we can.”