FA Youth Cup: Hull City U18s 1 Norwich City U18s 3
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Norwich City Under-18s have sealed their progress to the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup with a 3-1 win away to Hull City.
Two goals from Benny Ashley-Seal and a third from Todd Cantwell led City to victory at Grange Lane, the home of North Ferriby United.
The young Canaries took the lead in the 28th minute when striker Ashley-Seal nodded home from close range from a corner but the Tigers were level shortly before the break.
Ben Hinchliffe diverted a cross from the left past City keeper Aston Oxborough in the 42nd minute to make the score 1-1 at the break.
Ashley-Seal struck again to regain the lead for the Canaries however, completing a swift counter-attack with a calm finish to put the visitors back in front in the 82nd minute.
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It took the 17-year-old's goal tally to six in nine games for the City U18s this season, having also featured for the U21s, scoring once in eight appearances.
The icing was then put on the cake by attacking midfielder Cantwell, resisting defensive challenges to unleash a spectacular finish and seal progress for Graeme Murty's side.
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Cantwell, 17, has been with City's academy since U10 level and has won England U17 caps.
'The boys executed the game-plan very well, so I'm extremely proud,' Murty told City's website.
'Each and every one of them was committed and played with real intensity. They all fully deserve to be into the next round because they showed a really good mentality.
'Not only that, but we also displayed a lot of quality. That was epitomised by the last goal, which would have graced any pitch.
'Tonight, you saw a group of young men mature a little bit, which is the exciting thing for me. I'll let them celebrate this evening because you need to look back on these times and enjoy them.
'We'll let them off the leash a little bit and then re-focus on Thursday.'
The Canaries now face a wait to find out who they will play in the fourth round, with 28 third round ties still to be played by the deadline of Saturday, December 19.
So far only the youngsters of Tottenham Hotspur and Preston North End have also sealed their progress.
Fourth round ties must be played by the deadline of Saturday, January 16.
Norwich City U18s: Oxborough; Syme, Crowe (C), Ellesley (Wallis 81), Lewis; Pollock; Sambu; Couzens (McIntosh 90), Cantwell, Middleton; Ashley-Seal. Unused subs: Hale-Brown (GK), Black, Fleming.