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News: Youngster Macauley Keating looking forward to tough Middlesbrough test

12 December 2014

Midfield man Macauley Keating is looking forward to tonight's tough test against Middlesbrough in the FA Youth Cup.

Second-year scholar Macauley Keating is looking forward to playing at Roots Hall again this evening when he lines up for Blues against Middlesbrough in the FA Youth Cup Third Round.

Keating scored one of the goals against Leverstock Green in the First Round of the competition and, in an interview for the matchday programme, he reveals that it was one of the best experiences of his career.

“It was a really good feeling, especially because it was at the stadium. I want to score more goals, so I’m going to keep trying and add that to my game. It was a really good feeling to hear the crowd cheering us on,” he said.

“It’s obviously a bit different because there are quite a lot of people watching, and it’s at night, but it feels really good. It’s so much different to playing at Boots & Laces, but it’s a really good experience.

“It would be really good to see an even bigger crowd tonight because it helps you when there are people cheering you on. The more there are there, the better.”

And the former Arsenal and Norwich City midfielder is hoping that he can join his team-mates in causing a shock against Category One Academy Boro: “It’s definitely a chance for us to show how good we are.

“They’re top of their league, and they’re seen as the best in their Category, perhaps the best in England, so if we can compete against them, it would be good, but The FA Youth Cup is all about shocks and upsets, so I hope we can get into the next round. We’ll see what happens!”

Southend United vs Middlesbrough in the Third Round of The FA Youth Cup takes place at Roots Hall at 7:30pm this evening. Admission is £3 for adults and £1 for concessions.

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