The visitors had two chances, both in the first half, as the team dominated the third round encounter at Stevenage’s Lamex Stadium on Wednesday night.
Keanan Bennetts opened the scoring in the first half and after relentless pressure in the second half, the goals finally followed for Kazaiah Sterling, Ryan Loft and Samuel Shashoua.
“The third round of the FA Youth Cup is never an easy task,” reflected coach Kieran. “You know playing against a team like Rotherham that if your commitment levels aren’t right and you give them encouragement that you can find yourself on the end of a bad result, so this was a job well done.
“We began well, a high-intensity, quality start and got the early goal but there was a spell in the first half where I felt we were a little loose, playing as if we were a little more comfortable then we were and they had one or two chances, so that’s something we have to learn from.
“We had complete control of the game in the second half. We didn’t give them much encouragement and could have scored several more goals.”
Below: Zenon Stylianides and Kazaiah Sterling celebrate the second goal
Cameron Carter-Vickers, almost a veteran of this squad yet still only 17, impressed defensively and captained the team.
His commanding performance at the back caught Kieran’s eye, as did Charlie Owens in midfield.
He added: “We have high expectations of Cameron when he plays at this level and he didn’t disappoint.
"I thought he was excellent not just in his own game but also in terms of the influence he has on the younger players, and this was a young team.
“Cameron really set the tone, as did Charlie Owens at the start of the game with his forward passing, energy and commitment. Those two stood out for me.”