Derby delight for Darren Huckerby’s Norwich City’s U16s at Ipswich Town

Darren Huckerby guided Norwich City U16s to another derby triumph.

Darren Huckerby guided Norwich City U16s to another derby triumph. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Norwich City's U16s hammered their Ipswich counterparts 4-1 at Portman Road on Thursday night to lift the Hospital Cup for a third consecutive time.

Darren Huckerby's youngsters hit back from conceding an early goal to triumph against the Blues, with Jaden Thompson-Brissett grabbing a hat-trick in Suffolk.

Lounes Foudil put the hosts in front after 13 minutes but Thompson-Brissett slotted Connor Parsons' cross to level the following minute. Thompson-Brissett's second put visitors in total control prior to the interval after a Norwich trailist had nudged Huckerby's squad in front.

City put the game beyond reach a minute after the restart when the impressive Thompson-Brissett drilled home from outside the box.

Norwich keeper Ryan Dickerson kept out a long-range strike late on, but Norwich eased to a comfortable East Anglian derby win.

'We were a bit sloppy on the ball at the times but our big players came through for us. There's room for improvement but it's great to win 4-1, especially away to the old enemy,' Huckerby told the club's official site. 'We didn't start particularly well, then were comfortable once we got the second goal. It's been a long season so it's nice to get a big win, away from home, where it probably could have been more.

'It's a little bit of a taster of what's to come for them. Sometimes it can be hard to come into something of a hostile atmosphere so we're very pleased to come away with victory.'

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• Norwich City (starting XI): Dickerson; O'Donnell, Lomas, Ekumah (c), Tanimowo; Barnes; Olopade, A trialist; Parsons, A trailist, Thompson-Brissett. Subs: Dronfield, Richardson, Keller.