Former Edenderry starlet scores in FA Youth Cup semi-final
Former Edenderry Town player Edwin Agbaje scored for Ipswich Town in their FA Youth Cup semi-final against Liverpool at Portman Road last night (Wednesday).
Agbaje's headed goal put Ipswich 1-0 up in the first half, but Liverpool fought back to win 2-1 in the one-legged semi-final.
In an online post, Edenderry Town FC hailed "a superb performance from Edwin on the night".
Having demonstrated his talent for Edenderry Town FC from a young age, Agbaje also played for Shamrock Rovers, before moving to England to take up a new challenge with Ipswich. The Suffolk club is currently in League One, the third tier in the English Football League system.
An attacking midfielder and a former student at St Mary's Secondary School in Edenderry, Edwin has represented Ireland at underage level.
Liverpool's winning goal in last Wednesday night's Youth Cup semi-final was scored by Melkamu Frauendorf, thereby sealing a place in the decider for the Anfield outfit. The other semi-final is between West Midlands rivals Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion tomorrow night (Friday).
The FA Youth Cup is a highly prestigious under-18 competition. It tends to be dominated by the youth teams of professional sides who operate in the English Premier League, but a huge number of clubs enter every year.
Manchester United's victory in the 1991–92 FA Youth Cup famously spawned the rise of 'Fergie's Fledglings' or 'The Class of 92'.
United defeated Crystal Palace in the 1992 final with a team which included Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Nicky Butt and Gary Neville. Alongside the likes of Paul Scholes and Phil Neville, they went on to make a major impact during Alex Ferguson's hugely successful time in charge.