Shaun Derry hails Cambridge United youngsters after FA Youth Cup progress
Good vibes for the U's
Shaun Derry has praised Cambridge United’s young guns after their latest victory in the FA Youth Cup.
The under-18s are through to the fourth round of the competition after defeating AFC Bournemouth 2-1 at the Cambs Glass Stadium on Wednesday night, with young centre-back Harry Darling scoring both goals.
“I watched the game and I was delighted for the young boys,” said U’s first-team boss Derry.
“I was delighted for Mark Bonner (the academy manager). I thought he made a really big call at half time and changed the fortunes of the night, and it was a great win that capped off a really good week for everyone.
“They should take great confidence. There are a number of good young players that we’ve got at the football club.
“There were one or two missing and I think that is testament to the group, and how strong they were on the night, especially against a very good academy with some good players themselves.
“It takes them forward into the next round and it’s a new year that I’m sure the youth lads are looking forward to.”
Darling has already had a taste of the first team this season, and signed a three-year professional contract with the club in October.
“I’m delighted with Harry, absolutely delighted,” said Derry. “He joined us in pre-season, spent all of pre-season with us and was rewarded by being really close to the group.
“When the season started, the absolute key for these young players is that they play and he has played for the youth team and they have done really well.
“He produced another fantastic performance against Bournemouth, scoring the goals to get his group of lads into the next round.
“I’m really closely looking at Harry. I think at the right time he will definitely be part of our group.”