Watford U17s eye Premier Development League Cup triumph.
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Watford U17s eye Premier Development League Cup triumph.



Watford’s Under-17s travel north to Fleetwood Town night (Tuesday) with the goal of winning some silverware and showcasing the quality developing at the Academy.

They will meet The Fishermen in the Premier Development League Under-17 Cup Final.

The game kicks off at 7pm and there will be a full and free live blog on the Watford Observer website so Hornets fans can follow the game.

Tom Cleverley took the team to the final, but now that he is in interim command of the first team, Adam Beletta and Ryan Jackett, son of former Hornets midfielder, manager, and coach Kenny, will oversee the Under-17 squad.

The competition began in September, with the 16 teams divided into four groups of four, each playing the other team in their group once.

Watford lost their first game at home to Crewe 3-2, but an away win over Sheffield Wednesday (2-0) and a home win over Sheffield United (2-1) were enough to finish second in their group and advance to the quarter-finals.

At the end of January, they defeated Millwall 3-0 at home in the last eight to go to the semi-finals against Burnley.

The game was played at the London Colney training field, where Kristian Shevchenko and Max Smith scored to secure a 2-0 victory.

Both goal scorers had notable fathers; the surname indicates that Andrij is Kristian’s father, and Max is the son of former Hornet Tommy Smith.

Fleetwood finished second in Burnley’s group and advanced to the final by defeating Colchester 2-1 in the quarterfinals and winning 2-0 at Crewe in the semi-finals.

The final venue was chosen at random, so Watford must travel 500 miles tomorrow.

If any Watford supporters want to attend, tickets are £5 for adults and £3 for seniors and under-18s.

Although some of the youngsters will still be 16 or younger, one or two names in the team may be recognized, particularly to fans who have seen recent Under-21 games at Vicarage Road.

Wingers Zavier Massiah-Edwards and Amin Nabizada have both been on the bench for a first-team game this season, and they performed admirably for the Under-21s in last week’s 1-0 home loss to Hull.

Raul Vancea is only 15, although he has recently represented England’s Under-16s and appeared as a substitute for the Under-21s against Hull.





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