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Man City U18s: FA Youth Cup highlights so far

PURE JOY: City celebrate Matt Smith's dramatic late winner at Aston Villa

PURE JOY: City celebrate Matt Smith's dramatic late winner at Aston Villa

Manchester City Club Journalist Jack Mumford talks through the highlights of City’s impressive run to the FA Youth Cup semi-finals.

Lee Carsley’s side face Stoke City in the first leg of the final four tie on Friday evening having seen off Reading, Southampton, Liverpool and Aston Villa and tickets are free for all.

Best goal

Tom Dele-Bashiru v Liverpool –

Jadon Sancho had given the Liverpool defence twisted blood throughout the early periods of the fourth round tie and when yet another cross was cleared away, it looked the Reds were hanging on.

However, the ball fell to midfielder Tom Dele-Bashiru on the edge of the box and the 17-year-old rifled an unstoppable left footed effort home.

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Best player

Phil Foden –

Two excellent finishes across the goalkeepers of both Reading and Southampton have been crucial for City but it’s Foden work outside of the box that makes him so important for Carsley’s team.

Foden has excellent spatial awareness and his ability to use his body to protect the ball allows him to open up the pitch within seconds and change the direction of attack before the defence has time to react.

The speed with which Foden can transform defence into attack means he is a vital component in City’s efficient and lethal machine.

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Best moment

Matt Smith v Aston Villa –

It seemed almost certain that we would be heading to extra time at Villa Park in City’s quarter-final but then Matt Smith stepped up.

The versatile Welsh youth international, this time performing in defensive midfield, had been a driving force for City throughout the evening but it was his late winner that got the City following out of their seats.

Smith collected the ball on the edge of the box, shifted it right and fired across the goal and through a crowded area. The sheer joy of the celebration demonstrated just how much it meant to the youngsters.

There will be full coverage of Manchester City v Stoke City on mancity.com and on Twitter at @ManCityAcademy.

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Manchester City will host Manchester United, Chelsea, Reading and Liverpool in the final stage of the U18 Premier League.

Manchester City's U18 Premier League national stage campaign will involve ties with Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.

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U18 Premier League: National Stage explainer

TOGETHER: City's team celebrate after an excellent opening goal against Stoke

Manchester City will take their place in Group 1 of the national stage. Here’s all you need to know on the upcoming matches…

Need to know ahead of City's U18 Premier League campaign going to the national stage.