Moneys after Pompey scalp

Moneys boss Pete Seiden  PICTURE:
Moneys boss Pete Seiden PICTURE:
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Moneyfields’ young guns will attempt to show Pompey what they are missing in tonight’s fierce FA Youth Cup derby.

The Blues are big favourites to beat their non-league neighbours in the first round clash at Fratton Park (7pm).

And Moneyfields youth-team boss Pete Seiden, who has managed many of the same players since the under-nines, knows Pompey are on a hiding to nothing.

Seiden said: ‘I imagine it’s the draw they didn’t want.

‘If a club half-a-mile up the road, of scallywags and part-timers, beat them, they would have to quit, surely?

‘Some people are telling me it should be between 6-0 and 10-0.

‘But if I thought that, we wouldn’t even bother going.

‘For me, Pompey don’t look at local, young talent as much as they should.

‘I definitely think we have players who are good enough to be in their youth set-up.

‘But a few of them have been at Pompey in the past and have been let go, so they will have something to prove.’

Moneys have already come through four rounds to reach this stage – the furthest they have ever gone in the competition – having beaten Weston-super-Mare on penalties in the last round after previously seeing off Dorchester, Westbury United and Salisbury.

And they are in confident mood after a blazing start to the season in Hampshire County Youth League.

Seiden said: ‘We’ve played 12 games and we haven’t lost yet. Five of the team have also played first-team football for Moneyfields in the Wessex League this season.

‘A lot of them have been playing together for years so they’ve got a great spirit and it’s the biggest game most of them have ever had.

‘They can’t wait for it.’