The FA Youth Cup is a competition that stands long in the memory of any young scholar and every tie is a fixture that everyone involved looks forward to with excitement – and the 17-year-old Welshman insists this evening’s Third Round clash away at Leeds United will be no exception.
The two sides met in the Professional Development League last month with the Tigers coming out on top in the Yorkshire Derby, winning 3-2 despite being two goals down inside the opening ten minutes, but Power knows that result will have no bearing on tonight’s tie.
“I think the first game against Leeds, we went two-nil down and we did very well to get back into the game and end up winning. We showed real desire and passion that day,” he said.
“Maybe they thought it was going to be an easy ride that day but, because of the attitude we showed, we got ourselves back into the game and got the three points.
“I’m sure they’ll want to have their revenge in the cup tonight, but we want the win as well. It’s not only an FA Youth Cup tie, but it’s also a local derby as well! I’m sure it’s going to be a good game to be involved in.
“Leeds are good on the ball. They’re good at passing and moving and will be a threat. But, we have our own threats as well and we’ll be looking to maximise those to give ourselves the best chance of progressing from the tie.
“We know it’s going to be a tough game, but it’s a challenge that we’re all ready for and looking forward to.
“We’re coming into the game on the back of a frustrating result against Crewe in the league at the weekend.
“We’ve had these last few days to understand where we went wrong and what we can do better, so hopefully we can put a few things right. We’ll put everything we have into the game and leave nothing on the pitch.”
Should he be involved tonight, Power is set for his second taste of playing the FA Youth Cup in his short career to-date having come on as a substitute for previous club Swansea City against Aston Villa last season.
“It will be my second game in the FA Youth Cup if I play,” he added.
“I played with Swansea last year in the Youth Cup. I only played about ten minutes, but I think second time around, hopefully, the experience I have of playing in the competition will help me coming into tonight’s tie. The aim this season is to get a lot more minutes in it and help the team progress as far as possible.”