02.04.11 Norwich City U18s 0 Chelsea U18s 1
Saturday, 02 April 2011 18:59

Norwich City’s ambitions to win their section of the FA Premier Academy League took a severe dent on Saturday when, after dominating the game for long periods, they went down by the only goal of the game against Chelsea.

The Canaries took the game to the visitors from the off with Remy Gordon seeing a free kick turned round by a defender from a corner, while Gordon then turned provider sending in a good cross for Ryan Oakley, but his shot was blocked inside the six yard box.

The lively Josh Dawkin then twice went close, the first a header saved by Jamal Blackman while moments Later Dawkin saw an effort strike the side netting.

Gordon was sending in some inviting crosses and Jack Werndly was only inches away from connecting with one of these.

City keeper Jed Steer had to be alert to save at the feet of Walter Figueria as Chelsea almost caught City on the break. But the action quickly switched to the Chelsea end where Theo Jones saw a shot blocked.

Joe Peacock was introduced for the start of the second half as Richard Brindley sent an effort into the side netting, before Dawkin saw an effort deflected wide after some good play from Jason Dobbs.

On 65 minutes, and somewhat against the run of play, Chelsea opened the scoring when a Amin Affane corner was cleared to the same player and from a tight angle he drilled the ball through the crowded penalty area to beat Steer at the near post.

Chelsea threatened to double their advantage but Steer made a superb double save.

Werndly went close after a good move from the Canaries and Blackman was almost caught out by a Gordon free kick.

It was all Norwich as they went all out for the equaliser with captain Matthew Ball glancing a header wide, while after good work by substitute Peacock, Ball sent a shot across the goalmouth.

Deep in stoppage time Brindley sent a shot into the side netting, but it was not to be for Norwich who on another day could have won comfortably given the number of chances they had.

City Line-Up: Steer, Dobbs, Gordon, Brindley, Barker, Jones, Oakley [Peacock 45], Kelly, Werndly, Ball, Dawkin.

Subs Not Used: Clunan, Matthews, Loza, Carroll.

Chelsea Line-Up: Blackman, Sampayo, Davey, Gordon, Noiti [Osmanovic 85], Affane, Seremba, Nkumu, Figueria [Bangura 85], Baker, Devyne [Kiwoymya 90].

Subs Not Used: Kilip, Houghton.

Norwich Man of the Match: Jason Dobbs.

Photo Gallery from the match

Match Report and Photos courtesy John Landamore

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