Josh Murphy goals ensures U21 Elite Group place as Norwich City youngsters beat Wolves 1-0

Josh Murphy in action for City's first team against Liverpool on Sunday, taking on Steven Gerrard. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Josh Murphy in action for City's first team against Liverpool on Sunday, taking on Steven Gerrard. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
9:22 AM

Norwich City’s youngsters secured a top-half finish in the Under-21s Premier League last night – and with it a spot in next season’s Elite Group.

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They took on Wolves at New Buck’s Head knowing a win was required – and duly returned with all three points as a second half goal from Josh Murphy proved decisive.

City had their chances in the opening period, with Murphy and Carlton Morris both going close, but the hosts also had their moments and it required a good save from keeper Remi Matthews to keep the Canaries on level terms.

There was everything to play for as the second period got under way and Jerry Gill’s side made a flying start, taking the lead in the 50th minute as Murphy gave another glimpse of his talent.

The young wide man picked up the ball outside the box and let fly with a powerful shot that beat the keeper to his left.

The visitors might have stretched their lead when Elliott Bennett, continuing his comeback from injury, delivered an excellent cross for Michee Efete but the substitute’s header was blocked.

Wolves applied some pressure after that but the City defence held firm and the visitors could celebrate an important victory.

Another positive for the Canaries was the sight of Bennett coming through another match with no apparent problems following his long spell on the sidelines with a knee injury.

City starting line-up: Matthews, McNeil, McFadden, Gafaiti, Awuah, Grant, E Bennett, Norman, Hall-Johnson, Josh Murphy, Morris.

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9 comments

  • Now you`ve confused me, Piranha. So are we in the Elite Group, or not?? Is there now some sort of play-off for a `championship`, in the style of Rugby Union`s Premier League? In that, you can win the league by a country mile, but still have to prove you`re better than the 4th placed team! Keeps the shekels coming in, I suppose.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Actually Put, theres 3 groups, the top 3 from group 1 (8 teams in total) go through and the top 2 in group 2 & 3 (7 teams), plus the best placed third-place team. Then the rest are split into two qualification group tiers. The two winners of the qualification groups go through to the elite group play-off while the Top 3 of the Elite group go through to the Knock-out Semi's and one will play the winner of the qualification play-off. Then eventually Man Utd U21's win the Elite Group Final

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    Piranha24

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Like Swiss and others, you do cotton on eventually, Crocodile. Bless.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • You are right, Putnee - they are not very good, in fact they are very poor. Beggars belief how such nincomp0ops can get the cushy jobs they have. Any potential solution to this conundrum should be Lodged in the Maisons` Blackball Ballot Box. Shake hands on it? In a funny way, of course.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • Funny how since Adams arrival the u21 side has been used more effectively. All season i've complained about the u21 setup and how I personally feel an old fashioned reserve league set up would benifit young players as well as out of favour first teamers (or players returning from injury like Benno!). Ive said numerous times about how despite not getting a look in with the first team under Hughton, Becchio has barely featured for the developement side either apart from the odd 60 min spell here and there. Suddenly Adams comes in and hes played a fair few FULL 90 minute competitive games in sides including other out of favour players.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • Seeing as the Elite Group place is awarded for finishing in the top half of the table (and not a straight shoot-out in one match) I suppose the headline may have been referring to this goal, together with ones he's scored in previous games? But then I suppose there would just be a different problem with the headline in that there would then be one too many "s"'s: i.e. "ensure" not "ensures". Shame - I'm sure this lot try hard, it's just that they're not very good.

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    PutneyCanary

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • Not to mention a `.....

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • Sorry to be the pedant here (not!), but the headline refers to "Josh Murphy goals", though there was but the one. The `s` got moved? Is Chris wise enough to rise above this, or is he aiming to become one of Davit`s small toolset? Seriously, great result for the U21s, and there seems to be genuine talent for the future. Maybe our descent to the Championship could see the Murphys, Morris, Loza, Gafaiti, McFadden et al become our new future - under the guidance of a `proper` football person. Also marvellous to see Elliott Bennett looking so robust on his return.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • Young Mr Murphy is definitely a great asset, as is his bro.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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