Norwich City U18s 2, Crystal Palace U18s 3
PUBLISHED: 21:52 26 February 2012
Crystal Palace went away from Colney with all three points on Saturday in a game that Norwich City really got into despite the fact there was only one goal in it.
The visitors led by two goals at the interval and despite the fact Ricky Martin’s side pulled a goal back in the second half the Eagles soon restored their two-goal advantage before City scored a late consolation goal.
Palace were quickly into their stride forcing David Wootton into an early near post save, and moments later Reise Allassani should have done better when he fired an effort over the bar following a free kick.
With 23 minutes on the clock Palace opened their account when from the edge of the box Bayan Fenwick rifled in an unstoppable volley after City were guilty of failling to clear their lines.
Both sides were then denied by the woodwork. Palace saw a free kick come off the post then Cameron McGeehan saw a great effort from 20 yards strike the crossbar.
Deep in first half stoppage time Palace doubled their advantage when from the penalty spot Allassani sent City keeper Wootton the wrong way.
City stepped their game up after the break with visiting keeper Tom King making a good save but he needed the help of the woodwork moments later when for the second time in the game McGeehan was denied by the crossbar.
City reduced the arrears on 62 minutes when McGeehan headed the ball back into the danger area for Theo Jones to finish from close range.
Just three minutes later and Palace restored their two-goal advantage when Allassani was completly unmarked to finish from close range.
Norwich took the game to the visitors in the final quarter of the game but it was not untill 88 minutes that they pulled a goal back with a well taken free kick from Michael Clunan.
• Norwich City: Wootton, Norman, McFadden (Wyatt, 60), Clunan, Barker, Jones, Eagle (Hall-Johnson, 45), Dobbs, Loza, McGeehan (Carroll, 75), Josh Murphy.
Subs not used: Jacob Murphy, Lokko.
• Crystal Palace: King, Akuruka, Williams, Boateng, Inniss (Johnson-Cole, 88), Taylor, Fenwick (Chambers, 80), Saw, Bola (Kai Kai, 82), Allassani, Daniel.
Subs not used: Dymond, Fitzsimons.