Norwich City U18 2, Barnsley U18 0
John Landamore For the second consecutive game it was the late late show as once again City waited till the last few minutes to find the net. Following three goals against Leeds in the last six minutes last week it was a similar story at Colney as they scored two goals in the last five minutes to seal all three points against Barnsley.
For the second consecutive game it was the late late show as once again City waited till the last few minutes to find the net. Following three goals against Leeds in the last six minutes last week it was a similar story at Colney as they scored two goals in the last five minutes to seal all three points against Barnsley.
For Ricky Martin it was not a case of who was available but more a case of who was not available. Declan Rudd was on duty at Hartlepool while Jed Steer had pick up a training ground injury. In central defence Dario Dumic is on international duty in Denmark while David Stephens was on the bench along with Rudd at Hartlepool. Also ruled out with injury were Alex Stephens and strikers David Nwaogu and Patrick Drmola.
All this left Martin with just ten scholars available and they were joined by Norfolk keeper Kai Hewitt.
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City almost opened the scoring inside the first few seconds when Remy Gordon picked out Danny Kelly with a delightful through ball but his first touch saw the Barnsley keeper Tom Rusling come off his line to narrow the angle and Kelly then saw his cross cleared away.
Ryan Oakley, playing in a makeshift striker's role, saw a shot charged down and then shortly after he fired wide of the target.
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Barnsley's first attack of the game saw Tyrone Crapper have a shot comfortably saved by Hewitt but the Canaries stopper needed a timely header from Sam Habergham to clear a dangerous cross moments later.
Tyree Clarke was denied by Rusling after some good play by Oakley.
City then went close late in the half when Rusling saved an effort from Josh Dawkin who then saw a rising shot sail just over the bar.
Dawkin brought a tremendous save from Rusling who was at full stretch to turn an effort over the bar shortly after the break.
Matthew Ball saw an effort go over the bar while from a corner Habergham glanced a header wide of the far post.
Captain George Francomb sent in an inviting cross that Kelly headed over the bar but Kelly was about to finish on a purple patch when, with 85 minutes on the clock, he raced onto a through ball from Dawkin to fire the ball beyond Rusling.
Three minutes later and City sealed all three points when substitute Phil Roberts controlled a difficult ball to feed Kelly who again made no mistake in drilling the ball home.
Deep in injury time Barnsley might have pulled a goal back through Jake Scott but his header was cleared off the line by Richard Brindley.
t Norwich City: Hewitt, Brindley, Gordon, Osemwegie, Francomb, Habergham, Clarke (Roberts, 75), Ball, D Kelly, Oakley, Dawkin.
Subs not used. Jones, S.Kelly.
t Barnsley: Rusling, Reffin, Carlisle (Riley, 65), Barnson, Tieman, Crapper, Taylor, Fearnehough, Bennett, Briscoe (Patterson, 90), Scott.
Subs not used. Hodson, Stones
t Norwich City man of the match. George Francomb