Chelsea U18s 2, Norwich City U18s 1

For the second week running Norwich were denied another result on the road when, just seconds into stoppage time, a low cross from the left took a wicked deflection off the boot of Francomb and looped over Steer into the far corner of the Norwich net for a Chelsea winner.

For the second week running Norwich were denied another result on the road when, just seconds into stoppage time, a low cross from the left took a wicked deflection off the boot of Francomb and looped over Steer into the far corner of the Norwich net for a Chelsea winner.

Chelsea, who 48 hours earlier secured a FA Youth Cup berth at the expense of Watford, came up against a determined Norwich side who from the outset took the game to their hosts under the glowing Cobham floodlights.

The game flowed from one end to the other, with Norwich unable to open Chelsea up early into the match, whilst Chelsea had a couple of chances, first on nine minutes as Rodgers miscued over the Norwich crossbar, and then on 30 minutes when Steer made a sound save from Mitrovic.

It was Chelsea who finally opened the scoring just two minutes later when Strickland sent down an inviting through ball for Devyne who sidestepped the Norwich defence to shoot past Steer from around 18 yards.


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Norwich, who marshalled the defence well again with Danny Kelly continuing in the backline, survived a corner on the stroke of half-time which caused mayhem in the Norwich penalty area, but they managed to clear the danger which left Saville flat out on the turf.

Norwich came out for the second half and showed a different approach.

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Ball continued to perform with his midfield role and showed signs of further development.

On 47 minutes Gordon from the left, got in a pass to Oakley who shot wide.

On 54 minutes Ball had a goal ruled out for being in an offside position after following up a parry from Heimann.

On 55 minutes a Saville free-kick wide flew past Steer's right hand post.

On 73 minutes a corner by Rodgers was met at the far post by substitute Chalobah but his downward header was just inches wide.

With 15 minutes remaining, and Norwich making substitutions, Kelly reverted to his custom forward role, and Norwich were now making further inroads on Chelsea, and applying pressure.

On 82 minutes Norwich were awarded a direct free-kick just outside the Chelsea penalty area, and Francomb stepped up to shoot just past Heimann's left post.

The determination from Norwich was now paramount and they fully deserved their equaliser on 83 minutes.

As the evening frost was descending on Cobham, Osemwegie delivered the perfect cross from the left flank for Stephen Kelly at the far post to head the ball in off the underside of the crossbar with the ball just creeping over the line to level the scores.

On 87 minutes Dawkin passed Sampayo on the left, got inside the penalty area and made room for a shot which Heimann managed to grasp low down.

With one Chelsea final assault, just seconds past the ninety minutes, Deen-Conteh paced along the left wing, whipped the ball inside the Norwich penalty area which left Norwich defenders with their heads in their hands, a true picture of dismay, as the ball ended up in their net.

t Norwich City: Steer, Francomb, Gordon, Ball, D Kelly, Stephens, Clarke, Osemwegie, Drmola, Dawkin, Oakley.

Subs: S Kelly (for Oakley, 65), Jones (for Clarke, 74), Luza, Cousins, Clunan.

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