Norwich City U18's 3, West Ham U18's 2
PUBLISHED: 15:51 13 November 2011 | UPDATED: 09:35 15 November 2011
Norwich City Under-18's produced a late, late show their senior counterparts would have been proud of at Colney on Saturday to beat West Ham 3-2 with just seconds of the match remaining.
Substitute Josh Murphy capped off a great move to smash a left-footed strike into the top corner to win the game, after Hammers captain Daniel Potts had made it 2-2 in the 88th minute.
It was a deserved win for the young Canaries, who despite going behind to a Matthias Fanimo goal in the 12th minute, got themselves back in front through strikes from Jamar Loza and Reece Hall-Johnson either side of half-time.
After overcoming Arsenal by a similar scorline last week it was another impressive performance from Ricky Martin’s young guns and a highly entertaining game for the Colney faithful.
Academy Manager Martin said afterwards: “It was a great result, the U18s are now four games unbeaten, and have won the last two against some really good teams in Arsenal and West Ham.
“I thought it was a great game, and the performances were really good from our boys today.
“Josh Murphy came on to replace his brother Jacob, and scored a fantastic goal that deserved to win the game.
“It was an entertaining game, and there were some really good individual performances, and ones that the lads can be really proud of.”
The Canaries were out of the blocks from the first whistle with Reece Hall-Johnson testing Jake Larkins in the Hammers goal, but it was the visitors who opened the scoring when Fanimo ran on to a through ball down the left channel and when City failed to get the tackle in the Hammers winger fired the ball into the far corner.
Larkins was on hand to make comfortable saves to deny Jacob Murphy and Hall-Johnson while moments later Larkins had to be at his very best to turn a Murphy shot round for a corner.
With the half hour mark up Norwich levelled the score when Sam Kelly threaded the ball through for Loza who raced clear of the defence before calmly slotting the ball home.
Late in the half Remi Matthews was on hand to deny Fanimo a second while Kelly made sure the scores were level at the break when he hooked an effort of the City goaline.
The Canaries had a lucky break shortly into the second half with a long range effort striking the upright, but West Ham could also thank the woodwork when Loza saw a header hit the post, this after some good work by Cameron McGeehan.
With the game moving into the final 15 minutes Norwich got their noses in front when Hall-Johnson bundled the ball over the line at the near post after he ran onto a Harry Toffolo cross.
Larkins then produced the save of the game when he was at full stretch to turn a Loza rising shot over the bar as Norwich looked to finish the game off.
With just two minutes of normal time left the visitors scored the goal that looked to give them a share of the points when a clever flick by full back Daniel Potts found the back of the net.
Earlier in the half Jacob Murphy had been replaced by his brother Josh and with just 60 seconds left on the clock a fantastic move saw Josh fire the ball into the roof of the net to send the Canaries into wild celebrations, and clock up a memorable win.
• City: Matthews, Barker, Toffolo, McGeehan, McFadden, McKenzie (c), Jacob Murphy (Josh Murphy, 60), Florence (Clunan, 90), Loza, Kelly, Hall-Johnson. Subs: Peacock, Josh Murphy, Dobbs, Clunan.
Booked: Remi Matthews (90).
• West Ham: Larkins, Young, Potts (c), Hurley, Kenzer Lee, Chambers, Turgott, Powell, Elliot Lee, Vose (Tombidees, 76), Fanimo. Subs: Miles, Baxter, Shaw, Siafa, Tombidees
Booked: Elliot Lee (75), Jack Powell (90)