31.01.13 Norwich City U18s 2 Millwall U18s 1 (FAYC4)
Friday, 01 February 2013 12:04

Two headed goals from defender Harry Toffolo was enough to see Norwich overcome Millwall at Carrow Road to earn a home tie against Birmingham City who beat Bristol Rovers by the only goal of their game.

Thursday’s game went ahead at the third attempt after twice being postponed due to the recent blanket of snow that had covered the City.

Millwall had seen off Blackpool in a seven goal thriller at The New Den in the last round and they would prove a stern test for Neil Adams’ side.

City quickly got their passing game together, although the Millwall defence had little trouble in keeping the Norwich attack at bay, however they were fortunate when from a free-kick a Millwall defender headed the ball onto his own crossbar and out for a corner.

With 28 minutes on the clock City opened the scoring when from a Josh Murphy corner Captain Kyle McFadden was on hand at the far post to head the ball back into the danger area for Toffolo to head the ball beyond keeper Tom Welham.

City came close to extending their lead shortly after when a great run from Jacob Murphy saw him cut into the box and beat Welham with a low drive, only to watch in agony as the ball came off the inside of the post and roll across the face of the goal before being cleared.

William Britt in the City goal had to be alert to turn a Conor Wilkinson free-kick over the bar, while at the other end Jacob Murphy again went close, this time Welham scooping his effort away.

Into first half stoppage time and in what turned out to be the last kick of the half Millwall levelled the scores when Jason Twun twisted and turned around two City defenders to fire in a low shot into the bottom left hand corner.

Following their late first half equaliser, Millwall had their tails up as the second half got underway and the Canaries had to withstand some early pressure, but on 59 minutes they restored their advantage when after a great run from Josh Murphy he sent in an inviting cross for Toffolo to guide into the net with a glancing header.

There was no way back for the visitors after that, indeed City might have extended their advantage late in the game with substitute Rod Young and Reece Hall-Johnson both going close.

City Line-Up: Britt, Norman, Wyatt, McGeehan, McFadden, Toffolo, Jacob Murphy, Hall-Johnson, Morris, King (Young 76) Joshua Murphy.

Subs Not Used: Lokko, Swatman, Carroll, Randell.

Norwich City Man of the Match: Harry Toffolo.


Report courtesy of John Landamore 

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