Norwich City U18s 3, Ipswich Town U18s 0
John Landamore After their shock FA Youth Cup exit at the hands of Torquay United in midweek City’s Academy side had the ideal opportunity to put things right with the visit of Ipswich Town to Colney, and Ricky Martin's side did just that with a comfortable 3-0 victory in front of a good size crowd at the Colney training ground.
After their shock FA Youth Cup exit at the hands of Torquay United in midweek City's Academy side had the ideal opportunity to put things right with the visit of Ipswich Town to Colney, and Ricky Martin's side did just that with a comfortable 3-0 victory in front of a good size crowd at the Colney training ground.
Danny Kelly, who is of course too old for the youth cup, came back into the starting line up and making his first start for the under 18's was younger brother Sam who came off the bench last week to grab the winner against Southampton.
It was the Kelly brothers who created the first opening when Sam Kelly made the perfect tackle to set up his older brother but his effort was off target.
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David Nwaogu should have done better when he was put clear but he pulled his left foot effort across goal.
With 26 minutes on the clock the Canaries opened their account with a superbly struck effort from Tyree Clarke with a 20-yard effort which eluded Town keeper Mirko Ranieri.
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City looked to be well in control but chances were few and far between and it was the visitors who went close late in the half when Josh Carson sent a shot over Jed Steer's crossbar.
Town stepped the pace up at the start of the second half with Dave Cawley seeing a shot go just wide of the target, before Dario Dumic forced Ranieri into a good save from a 25-yard free kick.
Next it was Dumic's fellow central defender David Stephens who brought the best out of Ranieri who produced a superb one-handed save.
Ipswich were not out of the game yet and City nearly paid the price after losing the ball in midfield to Carson who sent in a shot that was only inches wide of the target.
With 65 minutes on the clock City doubled their advantage when Patrick Drmola, who had only been on the pitch for two minutes, did well to set up Danny Kelly who finished at the near post.
With ten minutes left to play City put the result beyond doubt when Ranieri dropped the ball after colliding with his own defender allowing the quick thinking Danny Kelly to fire in the loose ball.
t Norwich City: Steer, Ball (A Stephens, 81), Habergham, Ekim, Dumic, D Stephens, Clarke, Osemwegie, D Kelly, Nwaogu (Drmola, 63), S Kelly.
Subs not used: Matthews, Roberts, Jones.
t Ipswich Town: Ranieri, Bennett, McKeown, Cawley, Meekins, Eastman, Clark, Carson (Tranier, 73), Lavery (Butcher, 75), Lamre (Griffiths, 77), Brandon.
Subs not used: Simmonds.
t Man of the Match: David Stephens.
t It was smiles all round at Colney as City's U16 side ran out 6-1 winners over their Ipswich counterparts with goals from Jamar Loza (4), John Popoola and Conor McKenna.