Striker Sam Dalby was delighted after his brace helped the Youth Team sail into the First Round of the FA Youth Cup last night.
The U18s ran out 4-0 victors against AFC Hornrhurch at the Matchroom Stadium, and the forward admitted he was thrilled to get on the scoresheet.
“I was buzzing to get two because I hadn’t scored a goal in the last couple of games, so it was good to get on the scoresheet once again” Dalby told leytonorient.com.
The game was goalless at half time despite creating a number of chances, but Danny Webb’s dressing room team talk inspired his side to be better in front of goal as Dalby opened the scoring within two minutes of the restart.
“At the break, Danny told us we are playing well and that we just need to be more ruthless when we attack. The key word was ruthless the whole time we were in the dressing room, he was trying to make sure we take our chances, and we did that as soon as we came out for the second half.”
Hector Kyprianou soon followed up with a second goal on the 52nd minute, setting the young O’s on path for the win before Dalby notched his second and captain Teddy Perkins sealed the victory with a header 14 minutes from time.
“The FA Youth Cup is always a special night, it’s one of the most important games you can play in as a youth player. It’s also important to get the experience with a crowd and in a stadium,” added Dalby.
After seeing off AFC Hornchurch, the Youth Team play local rivals Dagenham & Redbridge in the league on Saturday which the 17-year-old hopes will be positive after last night’s performance in the cup.
“Everyone in the dressing room was buzzing after the game and we are all hoping that we can take the confidence in to Saturdays fixture against Dagenham.”
Following the win the O’s will now host Biggleswade Town in the first round of the FA Youth Cup which Dalby is looks forward to.
“I’m excited for the next round but it will be tough. We know we need to perform well and hopefully we can get another win to reach the Second Round.”