|17.11.12: Norwich City U18s 4 Arsenal U18s 0|
|Saturday, 01 December 2012 09:27|
It might be their first home win of the season, but the wait was well worth while as Neil Adams saw his young side smash four past Arsenal in a dominate performance that saw them lead by three goals at the break and while they added a further goal after the break, the Gunners could consider themselves fortunate that they didn't concede several more as the Canaries ran riot.
Inside the first minute City had a huge shout for a penalty after Carlton Morris had made a good tackle and then when he was bearing down on goal he appeared to be tripped but both the referee and linesman refused to be impressed as they wave appeals away.
City had their tails up and early crosses from Raymond Grant and Roderick Young caused all sorts of problems in the Arsenal defence.
With seven minutes on the clock Norwich opened their account when Cameron Norman robbed the full back and with just the keeper to beat he calmly slotted the ball home.
Just four minutes later and City found themselves two goals to the good when a cross from goalscorer Norman to the near post cause panic in the Arsenal goalmouth and there was Young well placed to tap the ball home.
City keeper Liam Sharpe had hardly touched the ball but he did have to pick the ball out of the net when the visitors thought they had pulled a goal back but the referee, who was perfectly placed, had already blown for shirt pulling.
On 24 minutes City were awarded a penalty when this time both referee and linesman gave the decision after Morris was brought down. Cameron McGeehan made no mistake from the spot.
Late in the half Arsenal had Arinse Uade sent off for a second bookable offence when he foolishly kicked the ball away, while deep in stoppage time Young and Lewis Hayden saw shots deflected wide.
As the second-half got underway Harvey Hodd made an important interception but his effort on goal was well wide of the target.
On 53 minutes City awarded a free kick from which the Arsenal keeper could only block McGeehan’s effort and Morris was the first to react to fire in the rebound.
Arsenal had no answer to an impressive City performance and they might have had further goals from Rian Carroll who had a good effort saved and late in the half substitute Rhys Browne fired wide from a good position.
City Line-Up: Sharpe, Carroll, Grant, Hayden, Lokko, Wyatt, Norman [Sarmento 64], Young, Morris [Browne 64], McGeehan, Hodd [Fox 85].
Subs Not Used: Oxborough, Eaton-Evans.
Norwich City Man of the Match: Cameron Norman.
Match Report and Photos courtesy John Landamore