Norwich City’s U21s cruise to 7-0 friendly win in Austria
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Alex Neil and his first team coaching staff watched Norwich City's young guns ease to a 7-0 friendly win in the opening game of their pre-season tour against SV Kirchdorf in Austria on Tuesday.
Jamie Eaton-Collins struck a brace and Louis Ramsay, Jamar Loza, Michee Efete and Cameron Norman completed the rout in front of the Canaries' boss and chief executive David McNally.
Neil was able to run the rule over the likes of Josh Murphy, Ignasi Miquel and Louis Thompson, who are part of the development squad this week.
Murphy tried to pick out Norman after Loza was felled in the opening minutes but the hosts had numbers back to clear the danger.
Neil clearly found it difficult to detach himself from the action, with the City boss imploring the young Canaries to push up when Kirchdorf briefly threatened from his pitchside seat.
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Loza whipped in a delicious cross the centre forward would have loved to attack himself prior to a drinks break during the opening half.
Norwich cut open the Austrians shortly after the resumption, Murphy's back-heeled flick for Cameron King to pick out overlapping full-back Ramsay who guided an angled shot into the bottom corner.
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City doubled their lead in the 30th minute when Eaton-Collins rifled into an empty net after Loza was denied by a last-ditch block. The frontman, however, did add to the growing tally when he rounded Alie Seiwald after slick interplay between King and Norman.
Murphy danced his way past three Kirchdorf players but struck the base of the far post with a low angled shot four minutes from the interval.
Dobel Hupf curled a free kick through the Norwich wall but the referee adjudged it had brushed Ray Grant, much to the midfielder's bemusement.
City made five outfield changes at the interval with the likes of Thompson, Miquel and Conor McGrandles all introduced, but it was Eaton-Collins who took top billing, notching his second from close range three minutes before the impressive Michee Efete thumped home a close range header and Norman slotted Ramsay's centre, prior to Eaton-Collins completing his hat-trick in the 79th minute with a clever guided finish into the bottom corner past the advancing keeper.
• SV Kirchdorf (starting XI): Seiwald, Lazar, Kollner, Pranh, Steinberger, Kirchmair, Hauser, Morgrala, Milos, Hupt, Schwabegger.
• Norwich City: Killip, Ramsay, Crowe, Coker (Miquel 45), Awuah (Efete 45), Norman, Grant, Eaton-Collins, King (Thompson 45), Josh Murphy (McGrandles 45), Loza (Hall-Johnson 45). Sub (not used): Oxborough.
• Goals: Ramsay (27), Eaton-Collins (30, 48, 79), Loza (34), Efete (68), Norman (76)