|10.12.2011 Norwich City Under 18s 3 Ipswich Town U18s 0|
|Monday, 12 December 2011 11:14|
Norwich City warmed up for their FA Youth Cup tie with Oldham Athletic this week with a superb victory over East Anglian neighbours Ipswich Town, with inform striker Loza netting a brace.
Norwich conceded early free kicks in their own half but responded by forcing two successive corners.
It was the second of these corners that opening the scoring on just six minutes. Clunan swung the ball in and McKenzie rose at the near post, to put a firm header past O’Donnell, his first goal of the current season.
On nine minutes Loza paced away along the right, and threaded the ball to Kelly inside the Ipswich penalty area, but he was unable to finish as he was closed down.
On twenty six minutes Norwich almost paid the penalty when a defensive slip allowed Simmons in on goal, but Matthews acted swiftly to close down the opportunity when Ipswich were certainly looked to draw level.
But Norwich were keeping a firm hold on the match and on thirty six minutes added to the score line.
Good work from Hall-Johnson and Jacob Murphy allowed Loza to steal in at the far post to hammer the ball past O’Donnell from around eight yards.
Just before half time Hall-Johnson nearly made it three as a looping ball inside the Ipswich penalty area dropped kindly, but he could not direct the ball with his forehead between the posts.
Ipswich made two changes at half-time, including substitute goalkeeper O’Neil who made an instant impact.
On forty nine minutes Clunan struck a shot on goal and O’Neil could not hold on to the ball, his defence clearing the loose ball.
A downfield clearance from Matthews that was the collected by Jacob Murphy who shot from an angle, O’Neil parrying the ball away.
On sixty eight minutes, a Hall-Johnson strike was dealt with by O’Neil but Clunan, following up, blazed over the Ipswich crossbar.
But it was not all Norwich as Lawrence tested Matthews from twenty yards after some fine passing from his team.
But Norwich finally secured the points on seventy six minutes with their third goal. Hall-Johnson delivered to Loza at the far post, and with ample time he smashed the ball home inside a post.
In the closing stages there were further attempts on the Ipswich goal, including a late late goal line clearance from a Clunan effort. A McGeehan cannonball from thirty yards which stung the hands of O’Neil brought a good match to an end.
City Line-Up: Matthews, Norman (67. Jones), Toffolo, Clunan, Barker, McKenzie (80. McFaddon), Hall-Johnson, Florence, Loza, Kelly (85. McGeehan), Jacob Murphy.
Subs Not Used: Dobbs, Cable.
Ipswich Line-Up: O’Donnell (46. O’Neil), Acott (46. Hammond), Thorstein, Meikle, Schroder, Lawrence, Winter, Scotcher, Simmons, Tiofack, Timlin.
Subs Not Used: October, Marriott, Maduako.
Norwich City Man of the Match: Michael Clunan
Match report from Rob Maynard, photos from John Landamore