Disappointing defeat for Norwich teens

John Landamore Norwich City U18s 1, Crystal Palace U18s 3: City's Academy side surrendered their unbeaten home record with a disappointing defeat to Palace. It was the visitors who started the brighter but it was the Canaries who had the first attempt on goal with Dawkin cutting in from the left to fire just wide of the far post.

John Landamore

Norwich City U18s 1, Crystal Palace U18s 3

City's Academy side surrendered their unbeaten home record with a disappointing defeat to Palace.

It was the visitors who started the brighter but it was the Canaries who had the first attempt on goal with Dawkin cutting in from the left to fire just wide of the far post.


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The Eagles didn't take long in testing City keeper Jed Steer with a shot from Michael Abnet but the City keeper had to turn round for a corner from which Aaron Dalhouse hit wide.

The visitors opened the scoring on 29 minutes when NATHANIAL PINNEY seized on some indecisive defending to fire the ball past Steer.

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The ball fell kindly for Danny Kelly but his shot was blocked by the outstretched leg of a Palace defender. City almost found themselves two goals adrift and it needed a timely tackle from Sam Habergham to clear.

City got a route-one goal when a clearance from Steer was flicked on by Kenny Reeves to KELLY who took just two touches before firing the ball home. The visitors took just 60 seconds to re-establish their lead into the second half when Lee Hills crossed for ABNELL to head home.

A David Cooper free-kick that was blocked by the wall while Kelly headed a Luke Daley cross wide. City substitute Korey Smith fired an effort across the face of the goal.

But it was the visitors who finished on top with a third goal on 81 minutes when Nathanial Clynne got away down the left wing before sending in a low cross that PINNEY finished.

t Norwich: Steer, Francomb, Cooper, Adeyemi (Smith 60) Stephens, Habergham, Daley, Lathrope, Reeves, Kelly, Dawkin (Omoregie 82). Subs not used: Rudd, and Ball.

t Palace: Thorp, Clynne, Hills, Bingham, Dalhouse, Holland, Abnett, Santos, Pinney, Roberts (Kenlock, 67), Djilli. Subs not used: Edwards, Randall, Goldsmith, Asajile.

t Norwich MoM: George Francomb.

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