Injury-time lives up to its name for Norwich City’s Jack Werndly
NORWICH CITY U18 1, PORTSMOUTH U18 0: City's Academy youngsters returned to winning ways against Porstmouth at Colney – but the victory came at a high cost with goal hero Jack Werndly breaking his collar bone with what proved the last kick of the game.
Coach Ricky Martin was without the services of George Francomb, who has joined Barnet on loan as well as the injured Michael Clunan, Patrick Drmola and Richard Brindley – so there was a first start at this level for U16 prospect Harry Barker.
It took the Canaries just six minutes to get what turned out to be the only goal when, from a Matthew Ball corner, the ball glanced off the head of Ryan Oakley for Werndly to crash in a half volley into the roof of the net.
Barker, playing at right-back, quickly settled into his roll and almost doubled Citys lead with cross that struck the crossbar with Pompey keeper Tom Fry well beaten. Barker saw another effort cleared off the line before Habergham went close with a header – but just before the break Norwich had a lucky escape when Billy Tsvolos rattled Remi Matthews' crossbar from 25 yards.
Sam Kelly replaced Jamar Loza at the start of the second half and the Canaries midfielder soon forced Fry into a save while Josh Dawkin saw a mishit shot deflected wide for a corner.
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Dean Florence chipped the Pompey keeper but his effort was someway over the bar while Habbergham also sent an effort over the crossbar.
With the game in injury time Werndly was dragged down in no uncertain manner and with the City striker clearly in some trouble the referee Mr. Tyne called time allowing the City medical staff to attend to him, before the ambulance arrived.
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'We played well and had good possession but were desperate to find that second goal,' said Martin.'Pompey on occasions did cause us a few problems but with the majority of possession we were quite comfortable.'
• Norwich City: Matthews, Barker, Gordon, Florence (Dobbs 80), Jones, Habergham, Oakley, Ball, Werndly, Loza (Kelly 45), Dawkin.
• Portsmouth: Fry, Tallack Grant, Tsvolos, Bennett, Magri, Seeley (Colson 60), Stockford (Fitzharris 60), Jennis (Harris 62), Walsh, Butler.