Notts County youth team reached the Final of the Midland Youth Cup on Tuesday afternoon and the sense of pride at the club could not be greater.
The young Magpies had to wait until extra time to overcome a tricky Shrewsbury Town outfit, following a 90 minutes that could have swung either way.
Early into the extended play, Notts went behind but goals from Anthony Dwaer and Romello Nangle saw them claim a dramatic 2-1 victory, which has set up a difficult meeting with Walsall.
“We’re extremely proud of what has been achieved,” youth team coach Brett Adams told the official site.
“It’s the first final that the youth team has reached a final since the Academy started up again and we’re delighted for the lads, because they deserve it.
“When we conceded in extra time, their heads could easily have dropped but we found that it had the opposite effect.
“Even though they had tired legs, they worked tirelessly and scored two great goals to get the win.
“It was great scenes when the second went in and at the end, but shows how much it means to the lads.”
Adams explained that the players were grateful for the level of support at the game.
“It was a real team effort – that’s both on and off the pitch,” he continued.
“Although it was a long way to travel, we had a lot of supporters there, which we really appreciated.
“We’d like to thank them for coming down, as well as Adrian [Rawden] from On-Call, who put on the coach for us, Phil Turner, the chief executive Jim Rodwell and media.”
Details about the Final will be announced as soon as they are confirmed.
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