Jacob Murphy brace seals victory for Norwich City’s under-21 side against rivals Ipswich Town

Jacob Murphy takes on Fulham's John Arne Riise during his Norwich City debut in an FA Cup third-round clash at Carrow Road. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd. Jacob Murphy takes on Fulham's John Arne Riise during his Norwich City debut in an FA Cup third-round clash at Carrow Road. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
5:12 PM

Young winger Jacob Murphy scored twice for Norwich City’s under-21 side in a friendly victory against local rivals Ipswich Town this afternoon.

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Murphy made his first senior appearance as a second-half substitute during City’s 1-1 FA Cup third-round draw with Fulham at Carrow Road on Saturday.

The Downham Market 18-year-old celebrated by scoring both the goals in a 2-1 win against Ipswich at City’s training ground in Colney.

Murphy, playing on the left, scored his first 10 minutes after half-time from a quick free-kick and wrapped up the win a minute from time when he converted a pass from Reece Hall-Johnson.

Midfielder Hall-Johnson and full-back Adel Gafaiti, who were also on the bench for the first team on Saturday but weren’t handed their debuts by manager Chris Hughton, were also in action for the U21s.

The Tractor Boys had former Canaries loan striker Alan Lee and Ireland winger Stephen Hunt in their line-up but couldn’t overcome City’s youngsters, to the delight of under-21 manager Mark Robson

“It was a tough old game actually, a real ding dong. There were lots of tackles flying it, but it was a good exercise for the boys and I’m sure for their lads too,” Robson told the club’s official website.

“Our last game was before Christmas, so with our game being called off this Friday, we were really pleased that Ipswich were able to bring a side down.”

Of Murphy’s goals, Robson added: “They were very good, but I’m sure he’ll be the first to say he should have scored a couple more!

“I thought there were some good performances - I thought Carlton Morris was really good, and the full-backs were very good on the ball today too. We caused them lots of problems.”

The game was arranged because the Barclays Under-21 Premier League match due to be played against Everton at Carrow Road on Friday night has been cancelled and rearranged for a 7pm kick-off on Wednesday, February 26.

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5 comments

  • Knott a sign of Townman or Tasha, I hope they are OK.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • Wonder how much money ITFC will waste paying Stephen Hunt. Bless them, always good to be reminded however bad things are under Hughton it could always be worse! Alan Lee is still playing? Heard he was a youth coach but always registered as a player. Read an interview that he said he hoped the ITFC fans could forgive him for playing for Norwich, as it was just a personal favour to his good friend Bryan Gunn. Made me chuckle!

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • Always good to beat Ipswich at any level, What say you Townman? normal service resumed!

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    guest

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • Ha ha who are ya? that's just magic. Well done boys, nice to see we are still the pride of Anglia. Like that was ever in doubt! Where are the likes of townman and bluerinse now? ssshhhhhh all gone quiet over there. OTBC

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    guest

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • Alan Lee & Stephen Hunt in the Ipswich side? Wonder how much Ipswich will over pay Hunt or Alan Lee....wasn't he one of us ;) heard hes a coach back at Ipswich now and claimed that he only joined NCFC as a favour to his 'good friend' (as he put it) Bryan Gunn.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

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