Former Burwell Tiger and Ipswich Town academy player's brace fires Manchester City into FA Youth Cup final
Former Burwell Tiger youth footballer Ben Knight has staked his claim for a place on the team sheet in this season’s FA Youth Cup final, as he scored two goals for Manchester City Academy in their 4-2 semi-final victory.
The 16-year-old from Reach opened the scoring in the eighth minute before going on to score the third goal in the second half, as the youth squad of the Premier League giants beat West Bromwich Albion 4-2 to reach the final stage of the nationwide competition.
He will hope to have proven to the management that he deserves a place in the starting lineup of the final, where the academy side will go head to head with Liverpool – echoing the Premier League battle between the two.
It will be the first time in five years that a team other than Chelsea will seal the title, with City having lost to them three times at the final hurdle.
But Knight has not been involved in the competition before, having moved to the academy in July 2018 from Ipswich Town Academy.
The move caused consternation in Ipswich at the time, with Blues owner Marcus Evans publicly expressing his frustration at an academy system that, he believes, leaves the likes of Town powerless to hold on to their promising youngsters.
Knight started with the Tigers at Under-7 level before he was quickly snapped up by the Ipswich Academy.