|01.10.11 Norwich City U18s 1 Charlton Athletic U18s 4|
|Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:13|
Norwich City trailed by three goals without reply at half time. Ricky Martin then brought on Hall-Johnson and Loza at the start of the second half with both making an instant impact. The deficit was redcued inside three minutes and a penalty followed just seconds later, only for the Charlton goalkeeper make a fine save low to his left.
This was no doubt the turning point of the match as far as Norwich were concerned.
On a sun drenched Norfolk day, it was Norwich who made the opening attack when Drmola brought a save from Phillips.
Norwich then made further inroads, as they used both sides of the park in good counter attacking play.
Charlton acted swiftly in response and saw two efforts on goal go wide of each of Matthew’s posts.
A further corner for Norwich on twelve minutes saw McKenzie glance a header just wide of the far post.
Norwich then produced there best move of the game on fifteen minutes Kelly and Drmola exchanging passes which saw the latter then advancing on goal only to lift the ball over the crossbar form just six yards out.
But Charlton came back on eighteen minutes and opened the scoring when Azeez pounced on a low cross from the left to shoot past Matthews.
Norwich then were exposed just three minutes later when Silva got away from Barker and slipped the ball just inside the near post past the advancing Matthews.
Another good attacking foray from Norwich saw Drmola set up Jacob Murphy who rifled a low drive, from the edge of the penalty area, with Phillips diving at full stretch to fingertip the ball away for a corner.
Norwich then again got caught out on twenty nine minutes, when the dangerous attacker Azeez romped home to net the third Charlton goal.
On thirty three minutes, again Drmola was involved as Kelly struck the ball wide of a Charlton post, but Charlton saw another two attempts on goal go begging as the half drew to a close.
Ricky Martin made two substitutions to freshen things up at half-time there followed a hectic five minutes with the match, for a while at least, in the balance.
On forty eight minutes Loza crossed from the right and there was Hall-Johnson to hook the ball past Phillips to net from close range to bring the score back to 3-1.
Just ninety seconds later Norwich were awarded a penalty when Referee Mr Keeble adjudged what seemed to be a handball as the ball was cleared from under the crossbar.
Toffolo took the kick with his left foot and the ball was destined for the inside of Phillips’ left post, but the Charlton stopper somehow managed to fling himself to parry the ball away.
Then on fifty six minutes Matthews came face to face with Azeez with a one on one situation, but the Norwich keeper came out on top as Charlton looked to wrap up the points.
Norwich looked to use pace along the wings and Josh Murphy played in Hall-Johnson who scooped the ball agonizingly over the Charlton crossbar.
Charlton again swooped on Norwich and Azeez brought the best out of Matthews with a near post reflex save.
But Charlton then secured the victory on sixty five minutes when following a Norwich goal line clearance Lennon claimed the loose ball and hammered home from the edge of the penalty area.
City Line-Up: Matthews, Barker, Toffolo. Clunan, McFadden (Loza), McKenzie, Jacob Murphy, Florence, Drmola (Hall-Johnson), Kelly, Josh Murphy (Dobbs).
Subs Not Used: Cable, McGeehan.
Charlton Line-Up: Phillips, Cousins, Fox, Poyet, Ajayi, Lennon, Jordan, Muldoon, Azeez (Pigott), Goldberg (Harriott), Silva.
Subs Not Used: Willer, Derry, Holmes.
Norwich Man of the Match: Hall-Johnson.
Report courtesy Rob Maynard , photos from John Landamore