December 18 2014 Latest news:
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
The last two winners of the county’s premier football competition will battle it out this evening to reach this term’s showcase.
Holders Norwich City Under-21s visit 2012 champions Gorleston in the second Norfolk Senior Cup semi-final at Emerald Park tonight. And the non-league Greens will be able to take heart from the fact they beat the young Canaries on the way to their memorable Carrow Road success almost two seasons ago.
Gorleston boss Stewart Larter, who will be without Peter Lambert and Zak Clarke, said: “We are underdogs again, which will probably allow us to play with a little bit more freedom and try one or two things we wouldn’t normally try. Maybe we’ll set up a little bit differently.
“The message will be they are beatable. That’s what we have to believe for the whole time we play, whether that’s 90 minutes, 120 (extra-time) or further if it goes to penalties.”
The Premier League youngsters beat Wroxham in last year’s final on their own turf thanks to goals in either half from Oli Durojaiye and Cameron McGeehan. It was the first time City had won the competition since 1989.
Professional Development Coach Jerry Gill, Norwich’s boss in the Senior Cup, told Norwich City TV: “We’ve played Fakenham and Cromer but I think it will be a tougher test.
“It’s about attitude and professionalism when you turn up at these games. I should imagine there will be a good crowd there. It’s a semi-final to get into the final of a cup competition, and we want to win every game that we go into.”
The winner of this evening’s last-four tie will face Wroxham on Thursday, May 15.