O’s Youth Team midfielder Hector Kyprianou expressed his pride after winning the Merit League Two on Saturday evening after a 3-1 victory over Plymouth Argyle.
Peter Gill’s side dominated throughout the weekend’s fixture, Kyprianou notched a brace while Amin Benyoucef got the third and final goal for the O’s before the visitors pulled one back from the penalty spot.
“I’m really proud, even-though I scored two goals the team worked hard to get the win” Kyprianou told leytonorient.com
“We didn’t start very well this season, but we finished on an all-important high so it was really good to perform as we did out there, and I’m proud of the team.”
Gill’s youthful team began the season with two defeats against AFC Wimbledon away and local rivals Dagenham & Redbridge at home before embarking on run of seven wins in their last eight games to clinch the title.
“At the start of the Merit League Two, we were all confident that we had a good chance of winning the league.
Kyprianou added: “Our coach Peter [Gill] told us that we had a chance, especially we if kept our heads down and continued to work hard we would be up there come the end of the season and it was true, the wins just continued to come.”
Goals have been a big part of Kyprianou’s game in the second half of the season and after he clinched a brace on Saturday, the midfielder admitted he had been practicing his finishing in training.
“It’s something I have been working on in training, that and getting in the right positions when we are in attack so that if the ball does fall to me I know exactly what to do with it.”
Kyprianou travelled to Hartlepool United with the first team after his good form for the U18's was recognised by the coaching staff and is keen to ensure he is kept in close reach of the first-team.
“Of course, I really want to push in to the first-team, I just need to keep working hard in training and make sure it reflects in performances on the pitch.”
Success in securing the title meant this was the third consecutive season that the U18’s have won silverware and the young midfielder wants more in the next campaign.
“Next season the majority of us will be second year scholars which naturally means we will be stronger, fitter and hopefully better ability wise but we will also have some very good first-years with us and I think we’ll be confident in performing well.
The U18’s experienced playing in front of a larger crowd then they were used to at the Matchroom Stadium on Saturday evening and is an opportunity they all would like to get more of.
“It was an amazing atmosphere and the fans were cheering, we would just like to thank them all for coming out and making it a special day for us.”