07.12.2010 FA Youth Cup Norwich City Under-18s 1 Charlton Athletic Under-18s 0
Saturday, 11 December 2010 14:30

Dramatic Cup Win

There was a dramatic climax to the Canaries third round F.A.Youth Cup tie at Carrow Road. With Ricky Martin's side leading by the only goal of the game referee Mr.Blackledge broke Canary hearts when he awarded the visitors a 90th minute penalty, but cometh the hour then cometh the man as City keeper Jed Steer dived low to his left to make a superb save to send Norwich through to the next round of the competition.
Martin was still without the serices of Jack Wearnley and Richard Brindley, both still recovering from injury, so there were two schoolboys in the starting line up with Harry Barker and Harry Toffolo and it was these two full backs who caught the eye in the opening minutes pushing forward as City took the game to Charlton.
However it was Charlton who created the first opening but City centre back Theo Jones managed to get his body behind the shot.
Steer then came to the rescue when he dived at the feet of Tosan Popo who looked odds on to score.
Barker was getting forward on a regular basis and it was one of his crosses that saw a Charlton defender almost turn into his own net but Brandon Hall made a good save.
Harry Osbourne should have done better with free header for Charlton before Martin was forced into a 38 minute substitution when an injured Jamar Loza was replaced by yet another of Citys schoolboys in the shape of Chae Simons.
Shortly before the break Norwich almost opened the scoring when a Matthew Ball cross from a free kick almost crept in at the far post.
Martin's half-time team talk saw City come out all guns blazing with Dean Florence having a shot saved and then Hall denying Jason Dobbs with a tremendous save, but with 50 minutes on the clock Norwich finally broke the deadlock when Ball worked well to keep the ball wide on the right and his low cross eluded everyone to creep in at the far post.
Charlton upped their game with Captain Freddie Warren seeing a shot going just wide of the Canaries goal and moments later Steer frustrated the visitors when he saved at point blank range from Ade Azeez.
With 89 minutes on the clock City looked on in dismay as Charlton were awarded a dubious penalty but Steer was equal to the challenge as he produced a fantastic save and with the final whistle coming just two minutes later City can look forward to the next round.
City Line-Up: Steer, Barker, Toffolo, Florence, Jones, Gordon, Oakley, Dobbs, Loza [Simons 38], Ball, Kelly [Stephens 71].
Subs Not Used: Matthews, Clunan, Hall-Johnson.
Attendance: 306
Top Canary: Jed Steer.
Report from John Landamore, Photos courtesy NCFC and Press Association and Richard Philips (PhotozOnline)
Matthew Ball in action
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