City Academy go down to Chelsea
FA Premier Academy Under-18 League - Norwich City Under 18s 0, Chelsea Under 18s 1A goal three minutes before the interval was enough to give Chelsea full three points at Colney today.
FA Premier Academy Under-18 League - Norwich City Under 18s 0, Chelsea Under 18s 1
A goal three minutes before the interval was enough to give Chelsea full three points at Colney today.
Despite the slender victory the Canaries rarely troubled Chelsea and had it not been for some good saves, one in particular as good as you will see anywhere from Steve Arnold, the scoreline could have been much greater in favour of the visitors.
David Williams's side created the first opening when after just five minutes a cross from Tom Miller saw lone front man Kris Renton send a header over the crossbar.
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Miroslav Stoch was causing Norwich plenty of problems down the right flank and it was from one of his crosses that central defender Alvin Quaye had to be alert to when he cleared the ball off the goal line.
Stoch again looked dangerous when he sent in a shot-cum-cross that Arnold saved at the far post.
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On a rare city attack Luke Daley almost got his head to a cross in the six-yard box before the action quickly returned to the Canaries penalty area when Stoch fired an effort over the crossbar.
Shortly after, Chelsea almost opened the scoring when Lee Sawyer met a Stoch corner and let fly with a curling 20 yard effort that Arnold was equal to as he produced a brilliant one-handed save.
With 42 minutes on the clock Chelsea finally broke the deadlock when City failed to clear a corner allowing Sam HUTSINSCHON to fire the ball in off the underside of the crossbar.
Into the second half and it needed first a great tackle and then a block by Paul McLean to keep City in touch, Arnold then produced a quality save this time to deny Sawyer.
Williams introduced Jordan Yong for his first academy start after Seb Muddel suffered a facial injury. As the game moved into the final 15 minutes City finally started to get their game together with Jamie Eames seeing an inswinging corner headed off the line, while just before full time the same player saw a free kick saved by Nick Hamann in the Blues goal.
t Norwich: Arnold, Matthews, O'Toole, McLean, Quaye, Miller, Eames, Lathrope, Renton, Muddel, (Yong, 63), Daley
Subs: Bexfield, Smart, Davey
t Chelsea: Hamann, Foori, Worley, Hutsinschon, Elmer, Bridcutt, Stoch, Sawyer, Cummings, Simmons, Sinclair,
Subs: Hurrel, Taylor, Nielson, Saarelma.
Norwich City man of the match: Steve Arnold