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Maloney delighted to help youthful forward line beat Norwich U21s

14 September 2019

Leon Maloney in action for Pompey against Norwich
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Leon Maloney has appeared in both of Pompey’s Trophy group stage wins so far this season.

But the teenager was joined by fellow Blues youngsters Josh Flint and Eoin Teggart in an attacking midfield trio against Norwich’s under-21 side.

And they all impressed in a 3-1 victory that leaves Kenny Jackett’s side on the brink of securing a spot in the second round.

Flint will perhaps be feeling the most buoyed, having capped his senior debut with a goal that was sandwiched between Ellis Harrison’s brace.

But Maloney was simply thrilled to be involved in first team action with friends who have risen through the ranks alongside him.

The winger said: “There’s no better feeling to be playing alongside your mates at Fratton Park – it was class.

“We’ve been together in training for the past two years and all you want is to get the chance on a bigger stage.

"There’s no better feeling to be playing alongside your mates at Fratton Park – it was class."

Leon Maloney

“I know what they can and can’t do it, which gives me something to work off. Eoin is rapid and if he gets past his man, then nobody is going to catch him.

“Flinty is just so good on his feet and he’ll be buzzing with his goal. He came back from injury last season and has come on leaps and bounds.

“I thought that Joe Hancott did a great job at left-back as well and it’s nice to see all my mates doing well.”

With Pompey having plenty of attacking talent in their ranks, Maloney could be sent out on loan in an effort to aid his footballing development.

He said: “I’ll just see what the manager wants. There are a few players out injured at the moment and we’ve also got quite a lot of under-23 games coming up.

“But I want to be playing and if I can go out to a decent side to play men’s football then it would be useful.

“I just need to work hard in training every day and then hopefully get the chance to show that I can play in the first team.”

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