Norwich City U18 0, Tottenham U18 2
John Landamore Tottenham Under-18s left Colney with all three points in an FA Premier Academy League game that City should have wrapped up before the interval.
Tottenham Under-18s left Colney with all three points in an FA Premier Academy League game that City should have wrapped up before the interval.
But the Canaries failed to capitalise on their possession in the first half and were a poor second to the visitors after the break.
Norwich started the game brightly, forcing four corners in as many minutes, the final one leading to a goalmouth scramble with the ball breaking to Ryan Oakley, but from 10 yards his rising shot through a group of players cannoned off the crossbar.
The lively Josh Dawkin saw a shot saved by Spurs 'keeper Jordan Archer, while moments later Tyree Clarke saw a goalbound effort blocked.
Dawkin was again denied by Jordan but it was Spurs who almost opened the scoring against the run of play when City were caught on the break and with 'keeper Remi Matthews beaten it was left to Remy Gordon to clear the ball off the line.
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There were loud shouts for a penalty from the Spurs players moments later but referee Francis was perfectly placed to wave play on.
Archer again denied Dawkin but he could only half save the Canary winger's effort and the loose ball was cleared off the line.
Moments before the break, Matthews made a good save from a Dean Parrett free-kick to keep the scores level.
Spurs looked much more purposeful after the break and it needed a clearance from David Stephens to deny them an early second- half goal, but with 55 minutes gone they finally broke the deadlock when they hit City on the break, Parrett doing all the work for Jake Nicholson to get the final touch.
Ricky Martin changed things around, pushing Danny Kelly up front, but it was Spurs who went on to extend their lead after 68 minutes when City were caught napping at the back, allowing Kudos Oyenuga the simplest of tap-ins.
Norwich tried to force themselves back into the game with Danny Kelly having a shot saved and, just before the final whistle, captain George Francomb's shot went just wide of the target.
t Norwich City Under-18: Matthews, Francomb, Gordon, Ball, Danny Kelly, Stephens, Clarke (Loza, 70), Dobbs (Sam Kelly, 80), Drmola (Jones, 65), Oakley, Dawkin.
t Tottenham Under-18: Archer, Waller-Lassen (Tapping, 83), Pritchard, Nicholson, Byrne, Durojaiye, Carroll, Parrett, Oyenuga, Kane, McBride (Dombake, 60). Sub (not used) Day.
t City man of match: Remy Gordon.