The FA Youth Cup

Jacob Davenport hoping for Emirates Stadium victory with City

Sunday 03 Apr 2016
Manchester City and England Under-18s midfielder Jacob Davenport

Manchester City midfielder Jacob Davenport is preparing to grace another top-flight stadium on Monday evening, as the Blues target a place in The FA Youth Cup Final.

City take a 2-1 lead over Arsenal to the Emirates Stadium for the second leg of their semi-final with the Gunners, as they aim to reach The Final for a second successive season.

And having already played at the likes of Elland Road, the DW Stadium and Fratton Park on their run to the last four, Davenport is looking forward to the tie at Arsenal’s prestigious home.

Arsenal v Manchester City

The FA Youth Cup
Semi-Final second leg
7.45pm, Monday 4 April 2016
Emirates Stadium, Arsenal
Live on ITV4

"The Emirates Stadium is a beautiful ground, so I’m looking forward to playing there," Davenport told 

"Throughout The FA Youth Cup we’ve played at former Premier League grounds, which has been a great experience. 

"But now we go to the Emirates, where top stars have all played since Arsenal moved there.

"It will be an unbelievable occasion."

The Blues had to show their character during the first leg last month too, after falling behind to an early goal at the Academy Stadium, in the shadow of City’s Etihad Stadium home.

But Davenport, who made his debut for England Under-18s during the recent international week, remains confident that City will have enough to keep Arsenal at bay on their own turf.

"I’m feeling very positive going into the second leg," he added. 


Manchester City boss Jason Wilcox is hoping to make it to a second successive FA Youth Cup Final

"We’ve got the advantage so that’s a positive, but we’ll go there in high spirits and, if we play like we did in the first leg, we’ll be alright."

Blues boss Jason Wilcox is also hoping for a repeat performance from his side, after seeing signs of promise in aspects of their first-leg victory.

"The lads are a bit disappointed they didn’t score more goals,” revealed the former Blackburn Rovers, Leeds United and England winger. 

"But that’s football and we’ve now got to take a one-goal advantage into the second leg at the Emirates, which is better than not having that!

"I was really pleased with the first leg. We started the game really sloppily and I don’t think we were quite at it in the first ten minutes, which is when we conceded. 

"After that, I thought we were excellent and I couldn’t have asked for any more from the players."

The match on Monday will be shown live on ITV4, kicking-off at 7.45pm.

By Nicholas Veevers Content Manager - FA Owned Channels