Goalkeeper Arthur Janata admitted confidence was high as the Youth Team eased into the Second Round of the FA Youth Cup last night.
The U18s ran out 5-0 winners against Biggleswade Town at the Matchroom Stadium, with Sam Dalby and Eric Lopes grabbing braces whilst Hector Kyprianou also notched one in the victory.
“The boys are absolutely buzzing,” Janata told leytonorient.com.
“For the first 10-15 minutes, we went through a bit of a patchy period and we had to ride the storm for a bit but from there on in we took control.”
Following a slow start in which Janata made a number of key saves, Danny Webb’s side took the lead through Sam Dalby in the 20th minute and the O’s goalkeeper highlighted the importance of grabbing the first goal.
“That’s what we wanted. We spoke about it before the game and we thought getting an early goal would do us all good and it proved to work. In our previous games, the boys had long periods where they looked nervous but as soon as we got that goal, confidence was flushing through the team.”
The O’s boasted a three-goal lead at the break before further strikes by Dalby and Lopes sealed an emphatic victory, a result that Janata feels can breed more confidence heading into the Second Round against Sholing.
“It will be massive, especially as it will be a tough team again,” added Janata.
“The standards of the team’s keep getting better and better so to keep a clean sheet again is brilliant, and hopefully we can keep another one.”
Janata’s third clean sheet in as many FA Youth Cup games emphasised an impressive record for the young shot-stopper, with the O’s the only team not to concede a goal throughout the qualifying stages.
“It’s brilliant, especially for the boys in front of me as well. It’s not just me, they’ve put in some really great performances so far and hopefully we can keep going and push on”.
The five scored by the O’s last night brought the FA Youth Cup total to 12 goals in three games, and Janata was quick to praise the attacking prowess of the team, particularly the partnership of Dalby and Ruel Sotiriou up front - two players who have tasted first team action this season.
“You could see their quality shine through and it’s been helpful to have that sort of experience of being around the first team and dealing with that type of pressure, and it makes it much easier for us as a team to have that quality in attack.”
The Youth Team will host Sholing in the next round, and Janata is pleased to get another opportunity to play at the Matchroom Stadium.
“It's absolutely brilliant. It’s something the boys can start getting used too now and hopefully our confidence will improve and the standard will keep on getting better,” he concluded.