|11.01.12 FA Youth Cup: Norwich City 0 Chelsea 0 (aet., 2-4 pens)|
|Thursday, 12 January 2012 16:26|
There was heartbreak for Ricky Martins side as they were knocked out of the F.A. Youth Cup after a penalty shoot-out against Chelsea at Carrow Road.
The Canaries had the better chances throughout the game but some less than convincing finishing and a couple of good saves from Chelsea keeperJamal Blackman saw the game in front of over 1000 fans decided on penalties.
Norwich had a couple of early chances with Cameron McGeehan heading over from a Michael Clunan corner while full back Harry Toffolo went close with a free kick.
There was an embarrassing moment for Blackman when he cleared the ball against defender Daniel Pappoe, the ball just missing the goal as it went out for a corner.
City keeper Remi Matthewshad to be alert to make a good save from Lucas Piazon who had worked an opening for himself, while at the other end Blackman made a point blank save to deny Jamar Loza who looked certain to score.
Shortly before the break and Matthews again came to City’s rescue this time to deny Todd Kane.
Captain Taylor McKenzie made an important clearance shortly into the second half as Chelsea stepped their game up.
Martin made his first change on 71 minutes Jacob Murphy making way for twin brother Joshua, as Norwich went close with Reece Hall-Johnson seeing a shot blocked after some good build up play from Loza.
Late in the game and Loza had the opportunity to win the game but he allowed substitute Archange Nkumu to get back and make the tackle.
The first half of extra time saw the only real opening fall to Murphy who saw a header go just over the crossbar, and it was Murphy who went close twice in the second half of extra time with Blackman making two very good saves.
Onto the penalty shoot-out and with Norwich seeing their first two efforts fail it was always going to be an uphill struggle. Although they manages to convert their next two, Chelsea were clinical in their finishing and they converted their first four penalties sending the Canaries out of the competition.
City Line-Up: Matthews, Norman, Toffolo, Clunan, Barker,McKenzie, Hall-Johnson, McGeehan, Loza, , Florence [Dodds 102], Jacob Murphy [Joshua Murphy 71].
Subs Not Used: Jones, Cable, McFadden.
Norwich City Man of the Match: Remi Matthews.
Match Report courtesy of John Landamore