Southend United U18s defender Louie Arrowsmith is excited about playing in the First Round Proper of The FA Youth Cup after playing his part in helping Blues progress through the qualifying rounds of the competition.
Full-back Arrowsmith, who has been connected to the club since the age of six, was handed the responsibility of scoring the seventh penalty kick in the Third Round Qualifying shoot-out against Aveley, but he’s hoping the squad can get the job done in regulation time against Cambridge United.
“I wasn’t in the first five, but I stepped up in sudden death and scored my penalty, then they missed to get us the win. It was a good feeling to score the last one,” he explained in an interview for the official matchday programme.
“I’ve taken corners and a few free-kicks, but I hadn’t taken a penalty before. It was good to score my first one. Fin did well in the shoot-out to save two penalties and that helped us out a lot. Hopefully we can win this one within the 90 minutes and put in a good team performance to boost our morale.”
That morale will already be high after a 2-1 win against Northampton Town on Saturday kept Blues in third place in the EFL Youth Alliance South East Conference table. Arrowsmith, who made his 38th youth team appearance in that victory, is now eager to progress in this knockout competition.
“It should be a very good experience. We’ve played the two games in the qualifying rounds and we’re looking forward to playing in the First Round Proper. Hopefully we can get a win and move into the next round and beyond that, where the Championship teams come in,” he said.
“I think we need to take our chances more as a group. We’ve created a lot, and with the last game being a 0-0, we weren’t happy with that. We should’ve scored more goals, and hopefully in this game we can take our chances and play well as team to get through.”
Southend United U18s host Cambridge United U18s in the First Round Proper of The FA Youth Cup at Roots Hall on Thursday evening, kick-off 7:30pm. Admission is £5 for adults and £1 for concessions, via the MidexPRO East Stand green and black entrance. Matchday programmes will be available for a minimum £1 donation between the entrance and the seats.