|21.04.2012 Norwich City Under-18s 3 Tottenham Hotspur Under-18s 5|
|Monday, 23 April 2012 13:26|
Norwich City were the unlucky losers in a game of eight goals, in this penultimate FA Premier Academy League U18 fixture of the season. However the game was overshadowed by injuries sustained in the early stages by the Norwich captain McKenzie and Tottenham’s Furlolo.
Both players needed extensive attention from the Medical teams of both sides after challenging for the ball at a corner. After a long delay the two players were lifted from the turf aided by spinal boards. The ambulance was called and arrived soon after to take them to hospital nearby. Our thoughts are with both players.
The game started well for Norwich, as they took the lead after just twenty seven seconds as Dobbs side footed home into the far top corner from the edge of the penalty area.
Soon after Norwich should have added another goal, as both of the Murphy twins combined, but although Josh rounded Voss, he overran the ball.
On ten minutes, Norwich conceded a corner and when Munns delivered, both McKenzie and Furlolo sustained their injuries after a challenge which left them flat out and motionless.
McGeehan eventually replaced McKenzie to cover the vacancy at the heart of the Norwich defence.
With the game resuming, Norwich were caught out through a defensive slip, which in turn resulted in a free kick for Tottenham from twenty yards on thirty two minutes. Munns stepped up to drill the ball low past the Norwich wall and past Wootton.
Just a minute later Tottenham went in front after a corner. Wootton did well to get amongst players to punch clear, however the ball was eventually played out wide and McEvoy shot low and aided by a deflection off Barker's boot the ball found the Norwich net.
On thirty seven minutes Norwich were awarded a free kick after Florence was up ended.
Barker took the free kick from around thirty five yards over the Tottenham defensive wall, and as time stood still for a short moment, the ball rebounded back into play from the far post.
Eight minutes into first half stoppage time a burst from Norwich led by Josh Murpy picked out his twin brother Jacob whose fierce shot from twenty yards was turned aside with both hands by Voss diving at length.
But the best goal of the game came just two minutes later, as Tottenham’s Barthram stormed forward through Norwich territory to unleash a powerful dipping shot over Wootton from fully thirty yards out.
The second half started well for Norwich as play from midfield left Voss gasping as he brought out another diving save to his left from Jacob Murphy to keep the ball out.
But Norwich persevered and when Clunan triggered a surge forward for Norwich, Josh Murphy applied a finishing touch from sixteen yards to make it 3-2 to Spurs.
Tottenham came again, and Wootton kept out Coulibaly, but moments later, on fifty three minutes, Stewart slashed home number four as Norwich failed to clear.
With Colney now under a second half torrential downpour of rain, the spectators, including the ex-Norwich Manager, Ken Brown, headed for shelter.
Norwich capitalised on a defensive error which allowed Loza to move forward to squirm the ball into the Tottenham goal, from an angle along the wet surface past Voss who was left wrong footed.
But on eighty minutes Norwich were left open at the back as Tottenham advanced again and it was left to Coulibaly to all but settle the result and points as he made it 5-3.
Clunan, who came on as second half substitute, impressed and his tireless efforts encouraged his colleagues around him when possibly the game could have drifted away. His final impact on the game was to force his way into the Tottenham penalty area late on, only to see his shot blocked.
With this result, Norwich will finish Group A in eighth position, with just Fulham to entertain next week at Colney to conclude the 2011 / 2012 Season.
City Line-Up: Wootton, Norman, Barker, Florence, McFadden, McKenzie (22. McGeehan), Carroll, (46. Clunan), Dobbs, Jacob Murphy (73. Morris), Loza, Josh Murphy.
Subs Not used:Gill, Lokko.
Spurs Line-Up: Voss, Barthram, Smith, Ball, Furlolo (22. Lameiras), Stewart, McEvoy, Bentaleb, Coulibaly, Munns, Zapata (73. Oduwa).
Subs Not Used:McGee, Ward.
Norwich City Man of the Match: Clunan.
Match Report courtesy of Rob Maynard, photos by John Landamore.