Cantwell the last-gasp hero for City U23s to seal Premier League Cup win over Bournemouth

PUBLISHED: 21:54 22 January 2018 | UPDATED: 22:06 22 January 2018

Todd Cantwell celebrates after scoring what proved to be the winning goal at Carrow Road. Picture: Nick Butcher

Todd Cantwell celebrates after scoring what proved to be the winning goal at Carrow Road. Picture: Nick Butcher

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Todd Cantwell was the last-gasp hero for Norwich City U23s against Bournemouth, firing a late winner in the Premier League Cup group stages just five days after making his first-team debut at Chelsea.

Todd Cantwell scores the winner for Norwich U23s against Bournemouth. 
Picture: Nick ButcherTodd Cantwell scores the winner for Norwich U23s against Bournemouth. Picture: Nick Butcher

Left-back Harry Toffolo played his first game since breaking a foot in early December while playing on loan in League One for Doncaster Rovers – but it was Cantwell who grabbed the spotlight.

The first half was competitive but saw City struggling to create clear-cut chances, with the Cherries having a goal disallowed in the 21st minute after left winger Keelan O’Connell was adjudged to be offside when he crossed to allow Kyle Taylor to roll home from close range.

Canaries keeper Aston Oxborough then made a fine save four minutes later, sticking out a big left hand to stop Mikael Ndjoli’s shot from going into the bottom-right corner, after a stray pass from Emersson Sambu.

Looking bulked up and determined, Toffolo was out-muscling younger opponents comfortably as he looked to impress ahead of the transfer deadline. The FA Youth Cup winner is out of contract in the summer and looks likely to go back out on loan as he continues to try and prove himself.

Premier League Cup action between Norwich City Under 23s V Bournemouth U23s. 
Tristan Abrahams in action for Norwich
Picture: Nick ButcherPremier League Cup action between Norwich City Under 23s V Bournemouth U23s. Tristan Abrahams in action for Norwich Picture: Nick Butcher

The 22-year-old came off at the break as he makes his way back to fitness and his replacement, midfielder Louis McIntosh, almost made an immediate impact when he forced a fine save from Mark Travers from a curling free-kick.

With trial right-back Jordan Thomas – previously on the books at Huddersfield – playing the final half-hour, visiting keeper Travers again denied the hosts in the 71st minute when he tipped over a powerful Tristan Abrahams shot.

The former Leyton Orient striker was replaced by ex-Arsenal midfielder Savvas Mourgos, on his way back from October ankle surgery, in the 76th minute as Bournemouth piled on the pressure.

It was Cantwell who broke the deadlock though, dancing across the edge of the penalty area with a bunch of defenders chasing him before firing low into the bottom-left corner, to leave City on course to reach the knockout stages.

Harry Toffolo was back in action for the Canaries at Carrow Road last night. 
Picture: Nick ButcherHarry Toffolo was back in action for the Canaries at Carrow Road last night. Picture: Nick Butcher

The young Canaries return to Premier League Two action on Friday away to Blackburn Rovers, at the Leyland County Ground (7pm).

Norwich: Oxborough; Aarons (Thomas, 61 – trialist), Crowe, Walliss, Toffolo (McIntosh 46); Sambu, Aransibia (C); Fonkeu, Cantwell, Middleton; Abrahams (Mourgos 76). Unused subs: Hallett (GK), Power

Goals: Cantwell (90)

Booked: Crowe (foul on O’Connell, 50), Cantwell (foul on O’Connell, 60), Aransibia (foul on Ndjoli, 83)

Norwich City on the front foot against Bournemouth last night.Norwich City on the front foot against Bournemouth last night.

Bournemouth: Travers, Seaman, Lee, Butcher (C), Hobson, Cordner, Diaz, Vincent (Ofoborh 67), Ndjoli (Glover 88), Taylor, O’Connell. Unused subs: Ward (GK), Gillela, Anthony

Goals: None

Booked: Cordner (foul on Cantwell, 33), Seaman (foul on Cantwell, 86)

Referee: Josh Smith

Glenn Middleton puts a Bournemouth opponent under pressure.Glenn Middleton puts a Bournemouth opponent under pressure.

Attendance: 750 (estimated)

Premier League Cup action between Norwich City Under 23s V Bournemouth U23s.
Picture: Nick ButcherPremier League Cup action between Norwich City Under 23s V Bournemouth U23s. Picture: Nick Butcher

Premier League Cup action between Norwich City Under 23s V Bournemouth U23s.
Tristan Abrahams
Picture: Nick ButcherPremier League Cup action between Norwich City Under 23s V Bournemouth U23s. Tristan Abrahams Picture: Nick Butcher

Premier League Cup action between Norwich City Under 23s V Bournemouth U23s.
Tristan Abrahams
Picture: Nick ButcherPremier League Cup action between Norwich City Under 23s V Bournemouth U23s. Tristan Abrahams Picture: Nick Butcher

Joe Crowe
 in action for Norwich City U23s against Bournemouth at Carrow Road last week. Picture: Nick ButcherJoe Crowe in action for Norwich City U23s against Bournemouth at Carrow Road last week. Picture: Nick Butcher

Savvas Mourgos made his injury comeback against Bournemouth for Norwich City U23s.
 Picture: Nick ButcherSavvas Mourgos made his injury comeback against Bournemouth for Norwich City U23s. Picture: Nick Butcher

Jordan Thomas came on in the 61st minute of Norwich City Under-23' win over Bournemouth at Carrow Road. 
Picture: Nick ButcherJordan Thomas came on in the 61st minute of Norwich City Under-23' win over Bournemouth at Carrow Road. Picture: Nick Butcher

Premier League Cup action between Norwich City Under 23s V Bournemouth U23s.
Picture: Nick ButcherPremier League Cup action between Norwich City Under 23s V Bournemouth U23s. Picture: Nick Butcher

Premier League Cup action between Norwich City Under 23s V Bournemouth U23s.
Todd Cantwell
Picture: Nick ButcherPremier League Cup action between Norwich City Under 23s V Bournemouth U23s. Todd Cantwell Picture: Nick Butcher

Louis McIntosh was on target for Norwich City U23s at Blackburn. 
Picture: Nick ButcherLouis McIntosh was on target for Norwich City U23s at Blackburn. Picture: Nick Butcher

Premier League Cup action between Norwich City Under 23s V Bournemouth U23s.
Tristan Abrahams in action for Norwich
Picture: Nick ButcherPremier League Cup action between Norwich City Under 23s V Bournemouth U23s. Tristan Abrahams in action for Norwich Picture: Nick Butcher

Premier League Cup action between Norwich City Under 23s V Bournemouth U23s.
Max Aarons in action for Norwich.
Picture: Nick ButcherPremier League Cup action between Norwich City Under 23s V Bournemouth U23s. Max Aarons in action for Norwich. Picture: Nick Butcher

Premier League Cup action between Norwich City Under 23s V Bournemouth U23s.
Picture: Nick ButcherPremier League Cup action between Norwich City Under 23s V Bournemouth U23s. Picture: Nick Butcher

Premier League Cup action between Norwich City Under 23s V Bournemouth U23s.
Picture: Nick ButcherPremier League Cup action between Norwich City Under 23s V Bournemouth U23s. Picture: Nick Butcher

Premier League Cup action between Norwich City Under 23s V Bournemouth U23s.
Glenn Middleton in action for Norwich Under23s.
Picture: Nick ButcherPremier League Cup action between Norwich City Under 23s V Bournemouth U23s. Glenn Middleton in action for Norwich Under23s. Picture: Nick Butcher

Tristan Abrahams, centre, and Harry Toffolo on the attack for City's U23s against Bournemouth. 
Picture: Nick ButcherTristan Abrahams, centre, and Harry Toffolo on the attack for City's U23s against Bournemouth. Picture: Nick Butcher

Premier League Cup action between Norwich City Under 23s V Bournemouth U23s.
Todd Cantwell in action for Norwich Under 23's
Picture: Nick ButcherPremier League Cup action between Norwich City Under 23s V Bournemouth U23s. Todd Cantwell in action for Norwich Under 23's Picture: Nick Butcher

Premier League Cup action between Norwich City Under 23s V Bournemouth U23s.
Glenn Middleton in action for Norwich Under23s.
Picture: Nick ButcherPremier League Cup action between Norwich City Under 23s V Bournemouth U23s. Glenn Middleton in action for Norwich Under23s. Picture: Nick Butcher

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