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See the Academy stars at Ewood

23 February 2016

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Rovers' Under-18s will look to reach the last four the FA Youth Cup this Tuesday night when they take on Luton Town in a mouthwatering quarter-final tie at Ewood Park - kick-off 7.00pm.

Billy Barr's young side have defeated Southend United, Leicester City and Aston Villa to make it to this stage of the competition as they aim to make the semi-finals of the cup for the third time in six seasons.

Tuesday's opponents started their campaign back at the first round stage and have got past Colchester United, Leyton Orient, Notts County and Oldham Athletic, before defeating Preston North End on penalties to earn their reward of a quarter-final match against the Lancashire club.

Rovers' Academy starlets have impressed in knocking out Premier League opposition along the way, and Barr knows that if they can put in a repeat performance against the Hatters, they'll have an excellent chance of progressing.

But he is under no illusions of the task that lies ahead, knowing that if the young Rovers aren't on their game, then Luton are fully capable of taking advantage.

"We need to replicate the way we played against Leicester City and Aston Villa if we want to go through," said the Under-18s lead coach.

"We have got progressively better as the competition has gone on, the opposition has also got better, which may be the reason why our performances have improved.

"But Luton are here on merit, we watched them against Preston, it was an even game on the night and they won on penalties.

"And looking at their league campaign they don't lose many games, they are strong, organised, and play high up the pitch.

"The focus will be on us but if we don't turn up as a team then we'll make it a lot harder for ourselves. It will be a big occasion for both sets of players."

A two-legged semi-final against either Chelsea or Reading await the winners of the Ewood Park match.

Season ticket holders can see Tuesday's game for free on production of their season ticket cards. General admission prices are £4 for Adults and £2 Concessions.

The Jack Walker Lower Tier will be open, Rovers supporters are to use turnstile 'J'.

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