Norwich City U18 2, Chelsea U18 1
John Landamore Norwich City's Academy side might be lacking somewhat on their travels but at home they have now made it 3 wins out of 3 with the latest victims Chelsea unable to penetrate Fortress Colney.
Norwich City's Academy side might be lacking somewhat on their travels but at home they have now made it 3 wins out of 3 with the latest victims Chelsea unable to penetrate Fortress Colney.
Jed Steer might have put pen to paper on his first professional contract this week but he is still sidelined with a hand injury forcing Ricky Martin to bring in West Ham keeper Peter Loveday as cover. Meanwhile the versatile Danny Kelly who played centre back for the reserves against Watford midweek was restored to his now more familiar position of striker for the visit of Chelsea.
The visitors created the first real opening of the game when they hit City on the break and it needed a timely clearance from Danish defender Dario Dumic to clear the danger.
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Moments later the giant Chelsea keeper Sam Walker was at full stretch to deny Patrick Drmola who connected well with a Remy Gordon cross, in fact Gordon and Josh Dawkin were giving the visitors defence plenty to think about down the left flank.
Kelly should have done better with an effort that he guided wide of the far post after Drmola had put him clear.
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At the other end Billy Clifford sent an effort over the bar after some good work from Bobby Deyne.
With 44 minutes on the clock Chelsea opened the scoring when from a corner Kenny Strictland volleyed a shot beyond the reach of Loveday.
Their lead lasted all of 60 seconds as City hit back via Drmola whos 20 yard effort appeared to take a slight deflection as it slammed into the far corner.
Early in the second half and Dawkin saw a shot blocked while for Chelsea Deyne blasted a shot over the bar.
On 52 minutes Martin made his first change when he introduced Ryan Oakley and it almost paid dividends immediately when he slipped a ball through for captain George Francomb but his attempt to lift the ball over the keeper only resulted in the ball landing on the roof of the net.
City had a lucky escape shortly after when under pressure from Dumic Marco Mitrovic fired wide from 3 yards when it looked much easier to score. Not to be outdone Oakley sidefooted wide from six yards after some great build up play from Tyree Clarke.
With 75 minutes on the clock City took the lead when Johnbull Osemwegie battled well in the middle of the park to win the ball before feeding the ball through to Kelly who brought out a reflex save from Walker but when the ball ran out to Francomb he made no mistake in finding the net.
City had to withstand some considerable pressure from the visitors in the final 15 minutes of the game but they defended well, indeed The Canaries were unlucky not to get a third when substitute Matthew Ball saw an effort hit the inside of the post and roll across the goalline before being cleared.
t Norwich City: Loveday, Brindley, Gordon, Osemwegie, Dumic, Habergham, Clarke (Ball, 76), Francomb, Kelly, Drmola (Oakley, 52), Dawkin. Subs not used: Nawaogu, Hewitt, A.Stephens
t Chelsea: Walker, Sampayo, Strictland (Mills, 45), Hayden, Knoh, Saville, Clifford, McGachran (Conteh, 85), Mitrovic, Prosenik, Deyne. Subs not used: Haxhia, Kane, Chalobah.
t Norwich City Man of the Match: Remmy Gordon
t There was further good news from Colney where the U16 's ran out 3-1 winners over Chelsea with two goals from Phil Roberts and the third from Jemar Loza.