Boy Blues are up for the Cup!
- 12 December 2010 15:58
- Posted by Peter Ferguson
City are back on the FA Youth Cup trail on Wednesday at Oldham - and coach Scott Sellars believes his current Academy group are well equipped to follow in the glorious footsteps of their predecessors.
The Boy Blues were proud winners of the competition in 2008 with a final victory in two legs over Chelsea, then the following season were pipped in the semi-finals by a strong Arsenal outfit featuring Jack Wilshere.
Dedryck Boyata has gone on to claim a senior squad place while team-mates such as Kieran Trippier, at Barnsley, and Vladimir Weiss, at Rangers, are picking up valuable first-team experience in loan spells elsewhere.
Now City's current crop of Under-18s face their opening hurdle in a third-round tie that Sellars warns will not be easy after witnessing Oldham's triumph over Sheffield Wednesday in the previous round.
He said: "They're a good team, but we've got a strong group and we're having a good season - we've only lost one game so far, and the lads had a decent run-out against Rochdale after a lot of indoor training recently."
City shrugged off any ring rust after going almost three weeks without a game by beating Rochdale 6-0 with a hat-trick from Harry Bunn, whose father Frank was a goalscoring hero as an Oldham striker.
Sellars added: "They enjoyed playing again, and the bonus was that the game was on the City of Manchester Stadium pitch, which is a delight to play on. They all loved the experience. It can be inspirational."