26.02.13 Norwich City U18s 2 Birmingham City U18s 1 aet (FAYC5)
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 19:08

The Canaries progressed to the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup with an extra time winner over Birmingham City at Carrow Road.

Neil Adams’ young guns now face a quarter-final date away to Everton, a position they last found themselves in back in 2008 when they went out by the only goal of the game away to Manchester City.

There was almost a sensational start to the game. City got the game underway with Josh Murphy getting away down the left before picking out Reece Hall-Johnson who was denied by Nicholas Townsend in the visitors’ goal - and this coming after just 14 seconds.

William Britt in the Norwich goal was relieved to see a Bobby Moseley effort come down on the roof of the net as the visitors settled into the game.

Britt was again called into action with a comfortable save as Koby Arthur made good contact with a left wing cross.

Harry Toffolo, who was twice on target in the last round against Millwall, fired an effort over the bar after Townsend failed to hold onto a Jacob Murphy cross, while late in the half Britt was on hand to deny Reece Halls after the visitors had a series of corners.

There was little to choose between the two sides in the early stages of the second half but with 77 minutes on the clock Norwich opened their account when a delightful cross-field pass from Hall-Johnson found Jacob Murphy who cut inside to strike a low shot beyond the reach of Townsend.

Birminghamlooked to hit back and it needed the save of the game from Britt to deny Liam Truslove.

Jacob Murphy almost sealed it for the Canaries but his rising shot crashed onto the crossbar.

There was a groan of disbelief from the Norwich fans when it was announced there were five minutes of added time and Birmingham took full advantage of that when with 93 minutes on the clock they drew level. Norwich were caught out across the back line allowing substitute George O'Neill to fire the game into extra-time.

Norwich substitute Rod Young almost restored their lead in the first half of extra-time when from the tightest of angles he saw a shot glance the upright before being cleared, while Josh Murphy was denied by the outstretched legs of Townsend.

Into the second half of extra-time and with Jacob Murphy being denied by Townsend and Young firing a shot into the side netting, it was captain Cameron McGeehan on 112 minutes who stepped up to seal the win when he got across his marker to head home Jacob Murphy’s free kick.

City Line-Up: Britt, Norman, Wyatt, McGeehan, McFadden, Toffolo, Jacob Murphy, Hall-Johnson, Morris, King [Young 78], Josh Murphy.

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

Norwich City Man of the Match: Reece Hall-Johnson.

Report courtesy of John Landamore


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