|28.04.12 Nowich City Under-18s 3 Fulham Under-18s 4|
|Sunday, 29 April 2012 07:17|
For the second consecutive week there was high drama at Colney, not to mention goals aplenty, with City losing out in a seven goal thriller as the visitors Fulham took all three points and along with them the league title by just the single point ahead of Southampton.
Just as they had done against Spurs last week, Ricky Martin’s side made the best possible start going a goal up after just five minutes when Jamar Loza curled a shot beyond Grant Smith in the visitor’s goal.
Their lead lasted all of six minutes before Fulham drew level with a glancing header from Caviey Woodrow and on the quarter hour mark defender Josh Passiey rose about the City defence to head Fulham into the lead.
It was certainly a breathless start to the game and Fulham might have added to their score but both Stephen Arthurworrey and Omri Aitman were denied by the woodwork as Fulham looked to finish the game off.
Shortly after and Josh Murphy saw an effort crash against the crossbar before a moment of madness on the stroke of half time saw both sets of players involved in a scuffle that saw a player from each side go in the book of Referee Mr Pearse. However he was not so lenient with the scorer of Fulham’s second goal Passiey who saw a straight red.
They might have been down to ten men but it took Fulham just ten minutes of the second half to extend their lead when Ryan Williams fired the ball past David Wootton with City guilty of giving the ball away.
The Canaries were thrown a lifeline on the hour mark when they were awarded a penalty that Michael Clunan dispatched.
The game was finely poised with chances at either end, and it was City who stunned the visitors with an equalising goal, a header from Theo Jones on 70 minutes.
Both teams went all out for the win and it was the visitors who got the winner that gave them the points and the title when on 85 minutes Aitman slotted the ball into the far corner.
There was still time for Norwich to try to spoil the celebrations but Clunan’s 25 yard effort was superbly turned aside by Smith.
City Line-Up: Wooton, Dobbs [McFadden 77], Carroll [Jacob Murphy 65], Clunan, Jones, Barker, McGeehan, Florence, Loza, King [Norman 88], Josh Murphy.
Sub Not Used: Gill.
Norwich City Man of the Match: Cameron King.
Match Report and Photos courtesy John Landamore