|29.09.12 Norwich City Under-18s 2 West Ham United Under-18s 3|
|Sunday, 30 September 2012 17:35|
Two second half goals was not enough to give The Canaries a share of the spoils after some poor first half defending saw them trail the Hammers 3-0 at the break.
Following their victory away at West Brom last week, City were looking for back to back victories but they made the worst possible start when after a mix up across the back line the visitors opened the scoring after just five minutes when Taylor Miles fired the ball past Remi Matthews.
Just two minutes later and yet another mistake at the back allowed Nana Boakye Yiadom to double West Ham advantage.
City’s first real attempt on goal came via full-back Cameron Norman whose shot come cross was cleared by the outstretched leg of Sam Baxter in the West Ham goal.
Just three minutes before the break City found themselves with a mountain to climb when from a corner defender Manny Onariase stroked the ball home.
Norwich picked the game up after the break with Norman firing a shot just over but moments later the same player cut in from the right to fire a shot into the far corner.
Neil Adams introduced Ray Grant, son of the former Norwich City manager, as City pushed for the second goal, and it nearly came when a cross from Norman was scooped over the bar by Carlton Morris.
Substitute Jamie Eaton Collins saw a shot come back off the upright and Rian Carroll couldn't keep the rebound on target.
Matthews kept City in the hunt when he made a fine penalty save as the visitors looked to kill the game off.
Deep into injury time and Norwich scored their second when Morris timed his run to perfection when from a free kick his glancing header found the net. It was however too little too late as shortly after the referee blew for full time.
City Line-Up: Matthews, Norman, Wyatt, Hodd [Grant 55], McFadden, Lokko, Hall-Johnson, Carroll [Simpson 85], Morris, Browne, St.Louis [Eaton Collins 45].
Subs Not Used: Gill, Burgess.
West Ham Line-Up: Baxter, Alaxander, Shaw, Cullen, Hasha [Harvey 60], Onariase, Bywater, Miles [Knoyle 85], Boakye Yaidom, Sadler, Mavilla.
Subs Not Used: Howes, Gogo, Makasi.
Norwich City Man of the Match: Cameron Norman.
Report and Photos courtesy of John Landamore