Belfast Telegraph

McGivern dreams of killing off Chelsea

By Stuart McKinley

A young man from Newry will tonight aim to follow in the footsteps of Steve Davis and Keith Gillespie.

Ryan McGivern will be part of the Manchester City side that will take on Chelsea in the second-leg of the FA Youth Cup final at the City of Manchester Stadium.

It was McGivern who sent City on their way to the final with two goals in the first-leg of the semi-final against Sunderland - not bad for a left-back - now has his sights are on lifting the silverware with the teams starting this evening's game level at 1-1.

Northern Ireland youngsters have a good record overall in the history of the competition, with George Best winning it in 1964 - the same year he made his full international debut.

Most recently Jonny Evans younger brother Corry was part of the Manchester United team that lost to Liverpool 12 months ago.

Under-21 international Chris Casement won trophy with Ipswich in 2005 while Glentoran's David Scullion was in the same Villa team as Davis in 2002 when a young lad by the name of Wayne Rooney finished on the losing side.

It is now 15 years since Gillespie won the trophy in the same United team as Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and David Beckham.

Current Irish League players Wesley Boyle and David Larmour won the cup with Leeds in 1997 and Liverpool in 1995 respectively.

City lost in the 2006 final and since then Micah Richards and Michael Johnson have gone on to become first-team regulars and McGivern will hope to follow in their footsteps too.

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