13.11.2010 Chalrton Athletic Under-18s 3 Norwich City Under-18s 1
Monday, 15 November 2010 14:52

Norwich Defeated But Remain Top

A young Norwich City side put on a brave performance while going down at Sparrows Lane. Although defeated, they maintain pole position in the Academy Group A table courtesy of Southampton’s home win over Crystal Palace.

It was Charlton who fired on all cylinders as they laid an early siege on the Norwich defence.

It was an in swinging corner on thirteen minutes that undid the visitors. Warren took the corner and Norwich realised too late that the far post was unguarded and Pigott gained height to power in a header beyond Steer.

Norwich however started to gain in confidence. Kelly and then Ballbrought out good saves from Hall in the Charlton goal.

On twenty six minutes Loza should have levelled as he made room for himself, but his shot was blocked.

On thirty four minutes, another burst from Ball and Hall kept out his attempt on goal.

Young Miller- Rodney was a handful for Charlton as he got to grips in midfield and his contribution was pleasing to see.

Unfortunately Norwich had to make a substitution towards half time, when Barker had to leave the field.

Norwich then took the game to Charlton, and were rewarded on sixty seven minutes when Hall-Johnson set up Ball, whose looping strike from around twenty yards beat Hall to his top left corner for one of the goals of the season.

But just a few minutes later, Norwich failed to clear in their own penalty area and lurking inside the six yard area Harriott finished off as Steer could only push the ball upwards into the roof of the net.

With just nine minutes remaining Charlton capped their victory with a splendid run through by Morris, who scored with a rasping strike from twenty five yards that beat Steer with the Norwich defence back pedalling.

It now remains to be seen if Norwich will meet Charlton in December in the FA Youth Cup third round, the Addicks opponents in the second round, Bury Town, will want to have their say before we start speculating on that match.

City Line-Up: Steer, Barker (41. Florence), Toffolo, Miller-Rodney (62. Clunan), Jones, Gordon, Hall-Johnson (74. Simons), Dobbs, Loza, Ball, Kelly.
Sub Not Used: Matthews.

Top Canary: Miller-Rodney.

Report courtesy of Rob Maynard

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