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Foyle on U17 cup triumph

4 May 2023

Coach Ash Foyle was pleased with the reaction his side showed as they dealt with the pressure of Wednesday’s EFL U17 Floodlit Cup final - as they lifted the trophy in front of more than 1,000 fans.

He felt his side reacted well to the backing of 1,037 supporters and believes the whole experience will be beneficial for the players. 

He said: “The lads have to get used to that noise during games and the fact I was drowned out at times and unable to get messages across is a really good experience and lesson for them to take on board. 

“The fans were incredible and made it a real atmosphere, which helped put the pressure on Swindon a bit and gave our lads a bit of a boost. They were buzzing at the end and it’s nice to celebrate and end a hard season in good shape. 

“They dealt with the pressure well for the most part, and in terms of the staple messages about mentality and character I was really pleased with how they reacted.

"When they got a goal back, we could have easily gone within ourselves and try to absorb pressure, but we didn’t and took the game back to them.” 

Bailey Adamson’s two LNER Stadium hat-tricks ensures he catches the eye, but Foyle says there is still plenty of hard work ahead for this group of players. 

He added: “The biggest challenge is to continue to put in 100% effort day in day out, and not just in the big games - we had a game on Saturday where not enough people did so we lost, and they need to have very few of those moments. 

“They’ve got themselves in a good position after their first year as scholars, Bailey and others need to kick on now in their second year to really make inroads.   

“It shows we’ve got good players that can perform at a high level, we had four or five U15s that have graced the pitch in an U17 competition. It has been really valuable and shows where we are as an Academy.” 

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