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FA Youth Cup story of the match: Norwich City U18s 4 Barnsley U18s 1

PUBLISHED: 18:30 12 December 2017 | UPDATED: 22:44 12 December 2017

Anthony Spyrou of Norwich City U18 and y of Barnsley U18 during the FA Youth Cup match at Carrow Road, Norwich
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Anthony Spyrou of Norwich City U18 and y of Barnsley U18 during the FA Youth Cup match at Carrow Road, Norwich Picture by Matthew Usher/Focus Images

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This season’s FA Youth Cup adventure began with a 4-1 win over Barnsley for Norwich City Under-18s this evening – which can be re-lived below.

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David Wright’s squad take on the Tykes at Carrow Road (7pm kick-off) in the third round of the competition and go into the game in good spirits.

The young Canaries are unbeaten in three matches after a 1-0 win at Leicester City on Saturday, thanks to a Jaden Thompson-Brissett strike in the 57th minute.

City sit 10th in the 12-team U18 Premier League South table as an academy with category one status, unlike opponents Barnsley who play in the U18 Professional Development League, also currently 10th, in an 11-team league.

Norwich have previously won the trophy in 1983 and 2013 but the visitors have never made it to a final of the competition. Last season Norwich lost 2-0 away to Tottenham Hotspur in the fifth round and Barnsley were beaten 1-0 at home by Carlisle in the third round.

The winner will earn a home tie against either Manchester United or Derby, who play their third round match on Wednesday night, to be played by Saturday, January 20.

• Follow updates from Carrow Road from 6.30pm above

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Opinion: It’s been a very eventful few days for Norwich City, and it all started with that brilliant 1-0 win at Ashton Gate. This win was thanks to another wonderful James Maddison goal and one hell of a save by Angus Gunn, one his old man I’m sure would have been proud to make. Sadly Norwich went out of the FA Cup at the third round stage for the fourth consecutive season, but gave a magnificent account of themselves and pushed Chelsea all the way – but it wasn’t to be as they were knocked out in the cruellest way, on penalties. The win against Bristol City means the club have won nearly twice as many away games as they have done at Carrow Road, Norwich are now unbeaten in their last four league games while conceding just one goal in those four games. Saturday gives City an opportunity to win back-to-back league games for the first time at Carrow Road this season, which is quite astounding considering we’re now in mid-January. I guess it just goes to show how they’ve struggled to break teams down and how inconsistent they have been on their own patch. Chris Wilder brings his out-of-sorts Sheffield United down to Carrow Road – I’m sure he’ll get a nice warm welcome from the Norwich faithful after some of the remarks he made after Norwich’s very impressive win at Bramall Lane in a bad-tempered game earlier in the season when the Blades we’re flying in the league, something they aren’t quite doing at this moment in time, having won just one of their last 10 Championship games. I think tomorrow gives the lads a real chance of closing the gap even more on the teams in those play-off positions. I scored a few goals against Sheffield United in my career, especially when I played at Bramall Lane – a brace for Leicester springs to mind. I scored a couple for Norwich against them at Carrow Road and looking back on my 96 goals for the Canaries, one of those was one of the most important that I scored for the club. The first of those two City goals came in a thrilling game when we found ourselves 2-0 with just 24 minutes gone, but we made the boos and the jeers turn to cheers with goals from Phil Mulryne, Tony Cottee (his one and only for Norwich), Chris Llewelyn and yours truly seeing us make a tremendous comeback to win the game 4-2. The other goal I was talking about came in our Championship-winning season on January 31 and, as I said, it’s right up there with some of the most important goals I scored for the club. It was a top-of-the-table clash as both us and Sheffield United had had a very good first half to the season and were fighting it up at the top of the league. It was a very close game with not many clear-cut chances until a ball broke to me in the 59th minute. It came to me perfectly, about 12 yards from goal and without breaking my stride I smashed it past the helpless Paddy Kenny and Carrow Road erupted. It was a very important win for us and as a forward there’s no better result than winning the game 1-0 with you getting the winner. I’d like to take this opportunity to wish both Russell Martin and Cameron Jerome all the very best at their new clubs. Both have been magnificent servants to the club and have been ultimate professionals while they’ve represented Norwich City and have always given everything when they’ve played. Both have taken harsh criticism in the last two or three seasons and at times been made scapegoats, but one thing is for sure, they’ve never hidden and taken everything on the chin and got on with things. Let’s hope that whoever comes in to replace Russ and Cameron will show the same level of commitment to Norwich City over the next few years.

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