Watford youth team coach Dave Hughes hails captain fantastic Luke O'Nien after beating Potters Bar in Herts Senior Cup

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Watford youth coach Dave Hughes described Luke O'Nien as a "credit to the Academy" after the 19-year-old led a young Watford side to a 3-0 win over Potters Bar in the Herts Senior Cup on Thursday night.

An inexperienced Hornets XI, which included a handful of Under-16s as well as first and second-year scholars, booked their place in the third round thanks to Kurtis Cumberbatch's opener and a Michael Folivi brace.

O'Nien, who was captain on the night, was the only professional in the starting line-up and Hughes praised the midfielder's attitude and performance.

“I thought Luke O’Nien was a credit to the Academy,” Hughes told the official club website.

“His application tonight and his leadership skills were obvious, and his longer passing was hugely evident, which was great because of the surface.

“Credit goes to him as a person for his application and attitude, and for trying to make sure the Under-16s were aware and had an understanding of the situation.

"He guided them fantastically well."

The tie had been called off several times due to the weather and the pitch proved a challenge for the young Golden Boys.

Hughes however was delighted with his team's performance and the way they adapted to the conditions.

“Weren’t they brilliant?” Hughes said. “I thought they were excellent in every aspect of their play.

“For the Under-16s to come in and perform the way they did and deal with the situation, the pitch, and playing against men, which they won’t have experienced before, was a real learning curve for them."

Hughes also reserved special praise for a member of the non-playing staff.

The youth team boss singled out conditioning coach Pete Sharpe, who he said deserved great credit for the side's physical resilience.

Hughes added: “I also think huge praise must go to Pete Sharpe the conditioning coach.

"His detail in making sure the lads are going through their specific and individual programmes is important for their long-term conditioning and physical development. The detail of planning is vital.

“Credit goes to Peter for making sure what happens on the training pitch allowed the lads to perform to the level they did tonight for 94 minutes.”

Watford now face Boreham Wood in the third round.

 

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1:00pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Bush Hornet says...

Great player that Luke lad
Great player that Luke lad Bush Hornet
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1:12pm Mon 10 Mar 14

miked2006 says...

“I also think huge praise must go to Pete Sharpe the conditioning coach"

Promote the lad to the first team!
“I also think huge praise must go to Pete Sharpe the conditioning coach" Promote the lad to the first team! miked2006
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1:17pm Mon 10 Mar 14

D.unstable says...

Haven't seen this lad play as yet but seem to be hearing great things from all quarters about him. Seems to be the next big thing to come out of the Academy.

Good luck and no pressure Luke.
Haven't seen this lad play as yet but seem to be hearing great things from all quarters about him. Seems to be the next big thing to come out of the Academy. Good luck and no pressure Luke. D.unstable
  • Score: 4

2:40pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Surbiton says...

I have been fortunate to speak to him on several occasions and have been impressed by his attitude and his unassuming manner. A great credit to the club and the acadamy. Definately one for the future. I am sure that we will see him play in the first team next season.
I have been fortunate to speak to him on several occasions and have been impressed by his attitude and his unassuming manner. A great credit to the club and the acadamy. Definately one for the future. I am sure that we will see him play in the first team next season. Surbiton
  • Score: 6

5:22pm Mon 10 Mar 14

mooneysmagic says...

Surbiton wrote:
I have been fortunate to speak to him on several occasions and have been impressed by his attitude and his unassuming manner. A great credit to the club and the acadamy. Definately one for the future. I am sure that we will see him play in the first team next season.
I would hope that he gets a run out this season now that we are assured of midtable obscurity.
[quote][p][bold]Surbiton[/bold] wrote: I have been fortunate to speak to him on several occasions and have been impressed by his attitude and his unassuming manner. A great credit to the club and the acadamy. Definately one for the future. I am sure that we will see him play in the first team next season.[/p][/quote]I would hope that he gets a run out this season now that we are assured of midtable obscurity. mooneysmagic
  • Score: -11

6:23pm Mon 10 Mar 14

SAHornet says...

Great, heartwarming story and probably yet another academy success. Well done Luke and much success for the future.
Great, heartwarming story and probably yet another academy success. Well done Luke and much success for the future. SAHornet
  • Score: 5

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