WATCH: Heise influential as City U21s beat Crawley thanks to Ahadme and Lomas goals
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Norwich City Under-21s pulled off a shock win over League Two side Crawley Town in the EFL Trophy last night – and now you can watch the goals which earned that success.
Senior left-back Philip Heise was included as an over-age player and the 28-year-old German teed up the winning goal, which was fired in off the post from 20 yards by defender Louis Lomas.
The young Canaries' starting XI included two 17-year-olds and had an average age of just over 19, even with the presence of Heise, but took the lead in the 19th minute - against a Crawley side featuring eight changes from their last league game.
Keeper Billy Johnson had survived an early scare, dropping the wet ball under pressure in sodden conditions but seeing skipper Akin Famewo come to the rescue with a goal-line clearance.
Former Arsenal trainee Josh Martin had also hit the post for the visitors before Johnson's long kick was inadvertantly flicked on by a Crawley player and Moroccan striker Gassan Ahadme took advantage with a powerful low shot from the edge of the box, that the home keeper couldn't keep out.
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Crawley keeper Michael Luyambula denied a Heise free-kick before the break, pushing the central 25-yard effort into his bar, with Famewo only able to fire the loose ball wide.
The Red Devils equalised in the 63rd minute after a scramble in the City box, with Ashley Nathaniel-George finding the bottom-left corner with Johnson unsighted.
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Tarryn Allarakhia fired just wide for the hosts as both sides chased a winner but it was City who found it, in the 74th minute, after former Dusseldorf defender Heise pushed forward on the left and cut inside two defenders before calmly teeing up Lomas, who slotted his shot in off the post from the edge of the box.
Martin again hit the post for David Wright's side but the Canaries had done enough and kept their very slim hopes of qualification for the knockout stages alive.
After defeats to League One sides Portsmouth and Oxford, City are third in Southern Group B and now cannot reach the knockout stages.
If the U's take a point from either of their games against Crawley or Portsmouth then the Canaries are out and even if they lost both games, that would mean a win for Crawley, who would then finish above Norwich thanks to a better goal-difference.
Wright's team have gained some valuable experience though, taking the lead through Shae Hutchinson at Oxford before being pegged back in a 2-1 defeat in front of over 1,200 people at the Kassam Stadium.
And midfielder Tom Scully scored a consolation goal in a 3-1 loss at Portsmouth in front of over 2,800 spectators at Fratton Park.
Heise's inclusion was notable due to Jamal Lewis being a doubt for the Norwich first team with an elbow injury, ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash with Aston Villa, ensuring he was match fit if needed.
While the development squad's usual first-choice keeper Archie Mair was not involved, as the Scotland U19 international is believed to be training with the first team as he may be needed on the substitutes bench against Villa, as cover for Michael McGovern following injuries to Tim Krul and Ralf Fahrmann.
- You can watch highlights of last night's game above