FA Youth Cup progress for U's.
The U’s got the FA Cup weekend off to a flier with the youth team gaining progress in the Youth Cup.
It was a comfortable night for Tony Humes’ U18s, winning 13-1 against Camberley Town at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.
It only took the youngsters two minutes to open the scoring, with Michael O’Donoghue striking his shot past the visiting keeper.
Five minutes later, the U’s doubled their lead when Macauley Bonne curled his effort calmly home, after a good run and pass from Alex Gilbey.
The striker got his second on twenty minutes, striking his right foot shot across the keeper following another incisive pass from Gilbey.
Four minutes later, the U’s number nine got his hat trick with a sidefooted effort into the bottom corner. This time, it was O’Donoghue providing the assist with a low cross from the left.
It soon became five, with Sammie Szmodics getting in on the act, cutting inside a defender before rolling his shot past the outstretched hand of the Camberley keeper.
On thirty seven minutes, the U’s increased the lead to six, with Bonne scoring his fourth from close range following Drey Wright’s low cross.
Credit to the U’s non league opponents, they did get a goal themselves with four minutes to go until the break, McMillan slotting home from the edge of the box.
And the visitors looked better defensively at the start of the second half, holding out under pressure from the U’s.
Once the first goal of the half did go in though, it turned into a bit of a rout with seven scored in the final twenty six minutes.
Drey Wright got the first of the half, with a firm strike in the near post, just before Simmons scored with a left foot drive.
On sixty eight minutes, a penalty by Connor Clarke put the U’s 9-1 ahead and it was double figures six minutes later with a finish from Tyler Brampton.
Less than a minute later, Bonne scored his fifth and Szmodics helped himself to another with five minutes to go.
There was still time for one more, with Bonne making it a double hat trick and making the final score 13-1.
It was a thoroughly professional performance by the U’s youngsters and they face Faversham in the next round.