Norwich City U18s 5, Middlesbrough U18s 0
PUBLISHED: 16:11 21 August 2011 | UPDATED: 11:31 23 August 2011
Norwich City's Academy side got their campaign off to an incredible start when they dominated their opening game of the season against Middlesbrough.
Ricky Martin’s young guns outshone their north-east visitors, going two up inside the first six minutes. They then added a further two inside the first six minutes of the second half before completing their nap hand late in the game.
“I’m very pleased,” said Academy manager Martin.
“It was one of those performances where I thought we started the game very well, then we went ahead within two minutes, and that certainly gives you confidence.
“I said to the lads at half-time we must dominant and take our chances. Then similarly to the first-half we scored within a couple of minutes.
“It was a fantastic opening win for the Academy, and in particular for the first year scholars.
“I’m really pleased with the first years. They settled in and a schoolboy came on too. There were some really good performances throughout the team.
“These are the standards they’ve set.
“They’ve demonstrated today how well they can play against an excellent Academy team, and the standards have now been set, so it’s up to them to be professional and push themselves to repeat that week in, week out.”
It took the Canaries just 60 seconds to open their account when Reece Hall-Johnson crashed a shot into the net beyond the reach of James Montgomery in The Boro goal.
Fellow first year scholar Josh Murphy doubled the advantage when he raced on to a through ball to round the keeper and calmly slot the ball home on six minutes.
The visitors had no answer to a rampant Norwich and they might have made it three, but Jamar Loza saw his shot crash into the side netting, while moments later the same player saw a shot go just wide of the target.
Captain Sam Kelly saw an effort saved while the very lively Josh Murphy twice went close in the dying moments of a great first half for City.
Boro were once again caught napping at the start of the second half, with Loza finding the net just a minute after the restart. Five minutes later Loza scored his second and City’s fourth from a Murphy cross as City threatened to run riot.
The visitors made two changes in an attempt stop the rot as Martin made his first change as Josh Murphy made way for twin brother Jacob.
The game settled down, but Boro rarely threatened Remi Matthews’ goal and it was Norwich who added to the score when substitute Murphy looped the ball over the advancing Boro keeper.
• Norwich City: Matthews, Carroll, Toffolo, Clunan (Peacock 72), Barker, McKenzie, Hall-Johnson, Florence, Loza, Kelly, Josh Murphy (Jacob Murphy 60). Subs not used: Cable, Norman, Wyatt.
• Middlesbrough: Montgomery, Galpin, Roberts (Maloney 53), Bennett, Weleji, (Sirrell 53), Waters, Jones, Rivers, Boagey, Warnett, Kneeshaw (Garrity 62). Sub not used: Coddlington.
• Norwich City Man of the match: Jamar Loza.