The FA Youth Cup

Four second-half goals saw Manchester City overcome Leeds Utd in FA Youth Cup Final

Friday 10 May 2024
Justin Oboavwodou of Manchester City celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the FA Youth Cup Final

Manchester City were crowned as FA Youth Cup champions for 2024, after comfortably beating Leeds United by 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium.

Early second-half goals from Justin Oboavwoduo and Jaden Heskey set the tone, to help City lift the FA Youth Cup for the fourth time.

Manchester City 4-0 Leeds United
  • The FA Youth Cup Final
  • Friday 10 May 2024
  • Etihad Stadium, Manchester

With City controlling possession from the outset, chances were limited for both sides to start proceedings.

Lively starts from opposing wingers Joel Ndala and Joshua McDonald produced the most threat for either side, with the latter creating arguably the standout chance of the half.

Despite City’s dominance, there was little reward for them in the first half with only a handful of half chances falling to their forwards, with a Henderson-Hall long-range effort being their most notable of the first period.

But Ben Wilkinson’s side looked to be more direct and dynamic as the second half commenced and they were instantly rewarded, as a powerful run and strike from Oboavwoduo allowed him to tap in the rebound for 1-0.

Justin Oboavwodou of Manchester City celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the FA Youth Cup Final

And City were able to double their lead on the hour mark. Kian Noble found his team-mate Farid Alfa-Ruprecht with an incisive pass, which allowed for a simple cross to Jaden Heskey to make it two.

City would go on to add a third only ten minutes later with Stephen Mfuni heading home a goalbound header from fellow defender Noble, to cement the result for City.

With only a 15-minute cameo to end the Final, striker Matthew Warhurst was able to add a fourth for City. He found the bottom right corner with a neat finish after an efficient counter-attack from City to finish the game.

City's Jaden Heskey climbs to challenge for a header

With this result marking their fourth victory in the competition, Manchester City go level with Aston Villa, Liverpool and West Ham, leaving them only to trail Manchester rivals United, Chelsea and Arsenal in terms of FA Youth Cup titles.

Manchester City: 1 True Grant (GK), 2 Matty Henderson-Hall, 3 Jahmai Simpson-Pusey ©, 4 Kian Noble, 5 Stephen Mfuni, 6 Charlie Cray, 7 Farid Alfa-Ruprecht, 8 Justin Oboavwoduo, 9 Jaden Heskey, 10 Divine Mukasa, 11 Joel Ndala

Substitutes: 8 Matty Warhurst for Oboavwoduo 73’, 14 Micheal Okeke for Divine Mukasa 73’, 12 Sebastian Naylor for Stephen Mfuni 85’

Substitutes not used: Jack Wint (GK), Femi Fapetu, Christian Dunbar-McDonald, Luca Fletcher

Head Coach: Ben Wilkinson

Leeds United: 1 Rory Mahady (GK), 2 Joseph Richards, 3 Daniel Toulson ©, 4 Charlie Crew, 5 Alfie Cresswell, 6 Reuben Lopata-White, 7 Harvey Vincent, 8 Reece Chadwick, 9 Freddie Lane, 10 Sam Chambers, 11 Joshua McDonald

Substitutes: Connor Douglas 16 for Lane 60’, 17 Devon Brockie for Harvey Vincent 80’

Substitutes not used: Owen Granger (GK), Joe Billett, Coban Bird, Oliver Pickles, Lleyton Brown

Head Coach: Rob Etherington

By Zac Vassell