Pompey Academy handed FA Youth Cup fixture date

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Pompey’s latest FA Youth Cup campaign kicks-off on Thursday.

Mikey Harris’ Academy side are to host Eastleigh at Fratton Park (7pm) in the first round of the competition.

The Blues were last season knocked out by Manchester City, having earlier disposed of Plymouth and Bristol Rovers.

Now the latest crop of promising youngsters have the opportunity to demonstrate their talents in front of the Fratton faithful.

The Academy, who were handed a local derby during Friday’s draw, have moved swiftly to stage the fixture.

Only the South stand will be open for the occasion, with seats available to purchase on the night.

FA Youth Cup games are traditionally well-supported by Pompey fans and another decent crowd is anticipated on Thursday.

A crowd of 1,779 attended the December 2015 defeat to Manchester City, in which the hosts did themselves proud.

It took Brahim Abdelkadel Diaz’s goal nine minutes from time to separate the teams in a 2-1 scoreline.

Lukas Nmecha broke the deadlock in the 13th minute, yet the visitors found the spirited Blues in determined mood.

Harvey Bradbury appeared off the bench to level in the 70th minute and spark thoughts of extra-time before City’s late winner.

Tickets for Thursday are priced at £4 for adults and £2 for seniors (62 or above), special concessions and those aged 22 and under.

In the South stand, only Upper sections A-C and Nelson’s Family Zone will be open for the match.

Seats are available to buy on the night, but can also be purchased from the club online or by visiting the Frogmore Road ticket office from 10am tomorrow.