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Boyle Hails U18s' Character After Cup Win

Boyle Hails U18s' Character After Cup Win

Terry Boyle praised the character of his young Hull City Under-18s side after they came from behind to beat Cardiff City in the Third Round of the FA Youth Cup.

Keenan Patten's fourth-minute deflected strike gave the visitors an early lead under the KCOM Stadium lights on Wednesday night, but the Tigers recovered brilliantly to level the scores on the stroke of half time through Keane Lewis-Potter before Rob Guilfoyle's 76th-minute winner secured an impressive win against the U18 Professional Development League leaders.

Speaking after the tie, Boyle said: "The boys showed great courage, attitude, commitment and team spirit to stay together and defend as they did with their hearts on their sleeves.

"We knew it was going to be an uphill task against what was a very good Cardiff side and to be fair to the boys they showed great character.

"Everyone, not just the starting eleven, but the squad of players, they all played a major part tonight and their hard work paid off.

"The boys dealt well with going behind early doors. They didn't let their heads drop and grew into the game.

"In some games this season, we've given ourselves too much to do but last night we stayed in the game and showed great belief to get the win and book our place in the next round.

"I said to the lads beforehand that I go back a long time and I remember my youth team games, especially the FA Youth Cup because it doesn’t happen very often.

"It’s the FA Youth Cup and it’s a prestigious competition, so hopefully the boys will have made a great memory for themselves with last night's game.

"And it would be great to get the chance to create more memories this season. Whoever we get drawn against in the next round, hopefully we can produce a similar standard of performance and go through again."