Norwich City face Manchester City in the U18 FA Youth Cup quarter final tonight at 7pm. The match will be played at Man City’s 7,000 seat training arena, situated next door to the Etihad stadium.
The Canaries overturned a 1-4 deficit to beat Middlesbrough in extra time in the last round and book their place in the quarter finals.
Two of the young Canary heroes from that win are Toby Syme and Louis McIntosh. Both spoke to Norwich City TV ahead of tonight’s game.
McIntosh said: ‘The Middlesbrough game was a brilliant one to be involved in.
‘I came on when we were 3-1 down, and then they immediately nicked another. From there though, the boys dug deep and we managed to get through and set the game up against Manchester City
We’ve seen a bit of them from previous rounds, and we’re looking to exploit their weaknesses. A few of the boys who won the competition in 2013 are still at Norwich, so they’re always on hand to give us advice.
‘I’ve been here since I was around eight years old, and just love playing for Norwich. Now we all want to make the most of the chance to get into the semi-finals.’
Toby Syme has been an ever present in the cup run and made his Carrow Road debut that night against Middlesbrough.
‘It was a good experience, and the home support definitely helped us to get the result we wanted in the end,’ the 17-year-old explained.
‘That match showed how much the boys fight for each other. Looking ahead to Man City, we have real confidence going into the game and believe we can do it.
‘As a squad we welcome any challenges which come our way, and hopefully we can get the win. For myself personally, it’s been good to get a run of games under my belt, especially being a first-year scholar.
‘Everyone is really looking forward to the match now, and wants to show what they can do. We want to do something special, and have the chance to do that now.’
Good luck boys, we’re all rooting for you!