FA Youth Cup action returns to Carrow Road as Norwich City U18s prepare for Middlesbrough clash
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Carrow Road is set for another big crowd tonight as Norwich City Under-18s look to extend their run in the FA Youth Cup when they take on Middlesbrough.
Victories at Hull City and Sunderland earned the young Canaries the tie with Boro – although the game has been switched to Norfolk as the north-east club were unable to host the match.
It will be the first time Carrow Road has hosted an FA Youth Cup game since April 2013, when more than 21,000 spectators packed in to see the first leg of that year's final, a 1-0 win for Norwich against Chelsea thanks to a late goal from captain Cameron McGeehan. Neil Adams' team, featuring players such as the Murphy twins, Harry Toffolo and Carlton Morris, then completed the job with a 3-2 win in the second leg at Stamford Bridge.
Current U18s skipper, Irish centre-back Joe Crowe, is hoping he and his team-mates can take inspiration from that success.
'It's a competition the club has won in recent years, so we're hoping we can put on a good show,' the Republic of Ireland U17 international told City's website.
'The supporters are fantastic every time we're at Carrow Road, which really helps to drive on the team. We'll work as hard as we can to try and get the result needed to progress to the next round.
'To lead the boys out as captain is great. I've played in the under-21s this season, and that's certainly helped me in terms of being able to help guide others as much as possible.
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'A lot of the boys have experience of playing at Carrow Road already, so it's our responsibility to help along those who haven't had that yet.'
Boro are likely to pose a tough test, after an impressive 3-1 away win over Tottenham Hotspur in the fourth round.
The winners will travel to Manchester City in the last eight, who won 3-1 after extra-time at Wigan last night.
Tickets are priced at £2 for adults and 50p for under-17s, and can be purchased from City's website, by phone on 0844 826 1902 or from the ticket offices at Carrow Road, Castle Mall and Chapelfield.