Carlton Morris hopes FA Youth Cup is just the start for him at Norwich City
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It’s not only the first team that has a bustling number nine Norwich City supporters can enjoy, after Carlton Morris added FA Youth Cup glory to his blossoming reputation.
The first-year scholar led the line in Monday night’s glorious cup final second-leg win at Chelsea with a physical presence and quality touch Grant Holt himself would have been proud of.
Still only 17, Morris has already spent seven years on City’s books making regular trips from Cambridge – and it all felt worth it come Monday night.
“This stands at the top, the best experience of my life and career so far,” said the striker, whose quarter-final hat-trick at Everton was one of several stand-out moments during City’s cup run.
“If I can compare this to something else later on in my career, I think I’ll have been quite successful. There were 3,000 Norwich fans at Stamford Bridge and the feeling of celebrating in front of them was great. I loved every second of it.
“I couldn’t sleep once I got back but the highlight for me was the atmosphere in the dressing room, the singing in the showers, the dancing, the mess in the changing room afterwards – I lost my voice from all that. We were ecstatic – nothing compares to that.”
A hand in the back from young Chelsea defender Alex Davey put Morris on the floor to earn the first-half penalty that captain Cameron McGeeham dispatched, and it was a goal the hosts struggled to recover from.
Now it will be up to Morris and his Under-18 team-mates at Colney to keep their heads and deliver on the clear promise they have.
“I felt some contact and I had to go down – I was just happy to win the penalty for the lads that Cam dispatched,” added Morris. “These feelings will stay with us and that’s definitely what will spur me on. I’ve definitely served a bit of time here and I have loved every minute of it, even all the travelling.
“They have built our football foundations now. It’s just about what we decide to go and do with it. Obviously we’ve got talent, this youth cup squad, because we are the best team in the country at the moment.
“So it’s what we do with it now – whether we get our heads down and work hard, or it goes to our heads. That’s something we’ve got to deal with ourselves.”